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Lawmaker concerned about probation and parole officers

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Posted: Jan 18, 2011 5:37 PM by Mike Steele
Updated: Jan 18, 2011 5:37 PM
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Topics: Senator Elbert Guillory, Opelousas, probation, parole, agents, officers, Louisiana

LAFAYETTE - Senator Elbert Guillory (D-Opelousas) says state probation and parole officers are underpayed and overworked, and he's worried budget cuts will make the situation worse.

A legislative report released last week says Louisiana probation and parole officers have a caseload count well above their counterparts in other states, which Guillory says could put the public at risk if cases aren't reviewed properly.

The Opelousas lawmaker says several good programs have been put in place in recent years to help certain inmates reenter society, but those programs are at risk if the state does not hire more agents.

Guillory says retention within that office is difficult enough; since agents have law enforcement training and educational skills they're also in demand for jobs at other police agencies and school systems.

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