Alternatives to Incarceration

M2 Discussion: Training

You are the corrections commissioner in the State of Euphoria. The Office of Probation, Parole and Correctional Alternatives has just been merged into your department. The office has never had any qualifications or required training for the community supervision officers that it hires. You suspect that political patronage has traditionally been the key to getting these jobs. What should be the qualifications for such jobs, keeping in mind what you have learned about the kinds of programs they might be working with? What should you, as the corrections commissioner, do to encourage the recruitment of quality officers? Should community supervision officers get the same training as your corrections officers? Should probation, parole and community treatment officers all get the same training? Keeping in mind the roles that they play and the kinds of functions they serve, what should their training include? What should they know about civil and criminal liability? What can be done to make these jobs appeal to qualified individuals and to ensure that they perform their jobs effectively and ethically and avoid burnout and frequent turnover?

Address some of these questions in an initial post of at least 250-350 words.

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