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Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

Provide social services to assist in rehabilitation of law offenders in custody or on probation or parole. Make recommendations for actions involving formulation of rehabilitation plan and treatment of offender, including conditional release and education and employment stipulations.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Prepare and maintain case folder for each assigned inmate or offender.
    • Gather information about offenders' backgrounds by talking to offenders, their families and friends, and other people who have relevant information.
    • Interview probationers and parolees regularly to evaluate their progress in accomplishing goals and maintaining the terms specified in their probation contracts and rehabilitation plans.
    • Discuss with offenders how such issues as drug and alcohol abuse and anger management problems might have played roles in their criminal behavior.
    • Supervise people on community-based sentences, such as electronically monitored home detention, and provide field supervision of probationers by conducting curfew checks or visits to home, work, or school.
    • Investigate alleged parole violations, using interviews, surveillance, and search and seizure.
    • Develop liaisons and networks with other parole officers, community agencies, correctional institutions, psychiatric facilities, and aftercare agencies to plan for helping offenders with life adjustments.
    • Recommend remedial action or initiate court action in response to noncompliance with terms of probation or parole.
    • Arrange for medical, mental health, or substance abuse treatment services according to individual needs or court orders.
    • Administer drug and alcohol tests, including random drug screens of offenders, to verify compliance with substance abuse treatment programs.
    • Inform offenders or inmates of requirements of conditional release, such as office visits, restitution payments, or educational and employment stipulations.
    • Participate in decisions about whether cases should go before courts and which court should hear them.
    • Develop rehabilitation programs for assigned offenders or inmates, establishing rules of conduct, goals, and objectives.
    • Write reports describing offenders' progress.
    • Conduct prehearing and presentencing investigations and testify in court regarding offenders' backgrounds and recommended sentences and sentencing conditions.
    • Arrange for postrelease services, such as employment, housing, counseling, education, and social activities.
    • Recommend appropriate penitentiary for initial placement of an offender.
    • Assess the suitability of penitentiary inmates for release under parole and statutory release programs and submit recommendations to parole boards.
    • Identify and approve work placements for offenders with community service sentences.
    • Provide offenders or inmates with assistance in matters concerning detainers, sentences in other jurisdictions, writs, and applications for social assistance.
    • Develop and prepare packets containing information about social service agencies, assistance organizations, and programs that might be useful for inmates or offenders.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Social Perceptiveness

      Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    Knowledge

    • Law and Government

      Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 50760/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 24.4/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 3,200
    • Yearly Projected Openings 270

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Self Control
    • Dependability
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Attention to Detail
    • Concern for Others

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