Probation Officers

Probation Officers

Probation Officers

In line with Michael Jacobson

about Probation Officers in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

In 1841, John Augustus, a Boston bootmaker, convinced Judge Peter Oxenbridge Thatcher of Boston Police Court to release into his custody a man charged with being a common drunkard. After a 3week probationary period, the man convinced the judge that he had changed his ways and, instead of jail, received only a nominal fine. Thus was born the first probation officer and the beginnings of probation in the United States of America. More than 160 years later, Augustus would probably be dumbfounded at the sheer size and scope of the United States probation system. As of 2002, more than 3.9 million people were under a sentence of probation in the United States of America, almost twice as many people as in United States jails and prisons (Glaze, 2003). Not only is probation the largest alternative to incarceration, it is also by far the largest segment of the United States

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