Broome County Observes Probation, Parole & Community Supervision Week

(Binghamton, NY) – During the week of July 18th through the 24th, 2010, people across the United States and its territories will join together to recognize the work that probation, parole and community supervision professionals do for our public safety.

Since 1841, the practice of probation and parole has played a vital role in our justice system. These professionals are a critical part of the public safety system.
Today in America, there are over 5 million adults on community supervision and most of these individuals are monitored by probation and parole officers. 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 officers also supervise offenders using electronic monitoring equipment which requires expert knowledge of newer technologies.
These professionals are a Force for Positive Change by assisting juvenile and adult offenders to become productive members of society. One day they may play the part of a counselor, the next they are enforcing the rules of an offender’s supervision. They may help a single mother find daycare or a job in order to abide by the conditions of her supervision. They are problem solvers, crime prevention specialists, motivators, educators, facilitators and often times they are the only support system an offender may have.
Members of our community are encouraged to join together during Probation, Parole & Community Supervision Week to honor those who work to make our communities a safer place to live. For additional information about Probation, Parole & Community Supervision Week, please contact Lorraine Wilmot, Director, at Broome County Department of Probation at (607) 778-2121 or visit the website at


07/16/2010 - 3:33pm