Community Supervision Workload Evaluation and Allocation


Tuesday, February 1, 2022
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Session Type: Workshop

Justice reforms and COVID-19 have led to mass releases from jails and prisons have placed increasing pressure on community supervision departments. It is critical for agencies to understand and respond to these new pressures on their workforce. To do this, agencies must consider differences between caseload and workload. Ironically, while caseload size will grow as offender populations increase, workload is a stagnant figure as there are only so many working hours available in each day, week, month, or year. What is the ideal caseload size? What is the best way for administrators to assign cases to officers? How can these decisions have an impact on future funding allocations and staffing decisions? These are some of the important questions that can be answered through a study of agency workload allocation. APPA staff members have been conducting workload allocation needs studies for the past decade with various state and local governments.


Megan Foster
Grants and Research Program Analyst, American Probation and Parole Association

Megan Foster is a program analyst with the American Probation and Parole Association. In this role, she manages and works on a variety of APPA’s grant-funded projects. These projects range from training and technical assistance to research and evaluation of community supervision programs. Her projects have included workforce and workload issues, tribal program, victims’ issues in community supervision, justice reform and implementation of evidence-based practices. Prior to coming to APPA, she worked as a direct practitioner and program manager in victims’ services and reentry programs. She has specialized experience working in reentry with women and families as well as training and implementation of trauma-informed practices and programs. Megan received her B.A. in Women’s Studies from the George Washington University and her Master’s in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis.

Travis Johnson
Program Associate, American Probation and Parole Association

Travis Johnson, is a Program Associate of Grants and Research with the American Probation and Parole Association. In his role, he assists with work on the association’s various grant-funded projects involving training, technical assistance, and research/evaluation to the community corrections field. Travis is currently working on several projects. BJA’s Project Safe Neighborhood as well as several different tribal initiatives. His interest lean towards supervision through technology and supervision of radicalized domestic terrorists. He received his Master’s in Safety, Security and Emergency Management from Eastern Kentucky University.