America Celebrates the 3rd Annual Probation, Parole & Community Supervision Officers' Week
For Immediate Release: 07/15/2002
Across the United States, there are more offenders living in our communities than are in prison.
During 2000, more than 2.5 million adults were placed on probation or parole. In other words, every month more than 208,000 adults were placed on probation or parole supervision.
More than 1.96 million inmates were in prisons and local jails.
During the week of July 14-20, 2002, probation, parole, community supervision officers, criminal and juvenile justice professionals and communities will join together across America to celebrate the 3rd annual Probation, Parole & Community Supervision Officers' Week.
More than 80,000 of these dedicated public servants work one on one with criminal offenders on a daily basis. They are literally on the front lines working for public safety for our communities. These officers supervise more than 4.6 million adult men and women who are on probation and parole. Over 600,000 juvenile offenders are under community supervision. These officers work diligently, with limited resources, to ensure public safety, provide victims services, and hold offenders accountable. Public safety is their first and foremost concern.
These are the people who restore our hope and our safety by providing a balance of prevention, intervention and advocacy. They deliver accountable, humane, effective, and individualized services for offenders, and protection, support, and reparation for victims and the community. It is through the actions and dedication of these officers that APPA's vision of community justice and safety for all comes closer to being realized.
Recognize and support these officers during Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Officers' Week, July 14-20, 2002. These are the unsung heroes who have languished in the shadows far too long. Recognize and honor these officers who go beyond the call of duty to make a difference in the lives of those in your community.