Juvenile Probation and Parole
Juvenile probation and parole are under
the Executive Branch, Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Office of
Youth Development, Division of Youth Services.
Adult Probation and Parole
Within the Executive Branch of government, the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Division of Probation and Parole administers adult parole and adult probation services. The Division primarily supervises felons sentenced to hard labor in the Department of Corrections. Misdemeanants are supervised either by the district courts or by sheriffs departments in the state.
It is mandatory for all adult probation and parole officers to carry a firearm. They are classified as peace officers and do have the power to arrest. Louisianas firearm policy was instituted in the late 1970s.
Firearm education and training are centralized through the Probation and Parole Training Academy. All officers are required to proficiently complete the training. If an officer is unable to pass the training, they are not retained. Officers receive continuing education and practice sessions and it is mandatory that they re-qualify each year.
There is an approved list of firearms that includes .38 caliber, .40 caliber, .45 caliber, and 9mm. Firearms can be obtained in two ways. The firearm can be provided by the Department, or officers are permitted to purchase their own firearms using the approved list from which to choose. They are not able to purchase this at a reduced cost.
There are no private companies providing adult probation and parole supervision.
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