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Progress Report: More Efficient Use of Probation Officers and Prioritization of Victim Restitution Needed, Report No. 04-58, August 2004
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  • When distributing restitution funds, the department does not make payments to victims a priority, as required by law.
  • Collection and disbursement of offender funds is incompatible with the agency’s mission and detracts from probation officers’ ability to meet their primary mission of supervising offenders.  These responsibilities should be either transferred to the Department of Revenue or privatized.
  • Increased departmental efforts to identify and apprehend persons who abscond from probation supervision have slightly reduced the number of absconders; however, over 43,000 offenders remain at large.
  • All probation officers who serve in courts now also maintain active caseloads.  While vehicles have not been provided to probation officers, the Legislature has awarded funds to defray personal vehicle costs.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 00-23 Review of the Department of Corrections, published in December 2000.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of Corrections
Community Corrections

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 07-13 Department of Corrections Zero Tolerance Policy Increases Offender Scrutiny But Is Not Based on Risk to Public Safety, published in February 2007.
  • Report No. 06-37 Several Deficiencies Hinder the Supervision of Offenders in the Community Corrections Program, published in April 2006.
  • Report No. 04-61 Progress Report: Inmate Health Care Consolidation Progressing; Privatization Requires Agency Vigilance, published in August 2004.
  • Report No. 04-60 Progress Report: Corrections Program Still Challenged by Inmate Idleness, Prison Planning, and Fleet Maintenance, published in August 2004.
  • Report No. 04-59 Progress Report: Corrections Education and Rehabilitative Programs Significantly Reduced, published in August 2004.

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