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(July 11, 2023)  Pope County is helping celebrate the 2023 Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week during the week of July 16-22. The theme this year is Stronger Together which highlights how community corrections professionals are working to create opportunities for probation agents at all levels to work together to find solutions to the challenges we face in our field.

Our local probation professionals include Terry Jaworski, Director of Pope County Probation; Keri Powell, Career Probation Agent; and Amanda Erickson, Senior Probation Agent.

Each day, these community corrections professionals conduct demanding, but essential work to help change the trajectory of the lives of individuals entangled in the criminal justice system – both in the juvenile and adult sectors. During Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week, we urge you to learn more about this amazing profession, thank these community corrections professionals that serve your community so diligently, and help support the community corrections profession.

The Pope County Board of Commissioners will consider adoption of a resolution recognizing the Week at its Tuesday, July 18, 2023 regular Board meeting.

The annual Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week campaign is a time to engage the public, policymakers, and legislators in recognizing the work that community corrections professionals provide to keep our communities safe. Community corrections professionals oversee persons on pre­ trial conditional release or those convicted of a crime and are outside of jail or prison. Community corrections is administered by agencies with the legal authority to enforce sanctions. Community corrections includes pre-trial supervision which is release from jail pending resolution of a criminal case, traditional probation which is correctional supervision within the community rather than jail or detention facility and parole which is a period of conditional supervised release from prison.

Community corrections professionals have helped drive significant, positive changes in our nation, by helping to provide the appropriate supervision and service to the right person at the right time.

Monitoring may take the form of home contacts, drug testing, making sure the offender attends counseling sessions and helping offenders to find suitable housing and employment. Many probation agents also supervise offenders using electronic monitoring equipment, which requires expert knowledge of newer technologies.