Probation, parole and community supervision week set for July 15-21

By The West Virginia Record | Jul 13, 2007

CHARLESTON -– During the week of July 15-21, people across the United States and its territories will recognize the work of probation, parole, and community supervision professionals.

Since 1841, probation and parole has played a key role in the justice system. Professionals in this field are an important part of the public safety network.

Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week is a time for the state of West Virginia to recognize the men and women who work every day with the state's 14,171 probationers and 2,126 parolees to hold them accountable for the crimes they have committed against our families, our friends, our neighbors and our communities. These professionals are exposed to many of the negative aspects of life as they deal with offenders and the trauma offenders cause victims. They also face job-related stress and often unsafe working conditions.

West Virginia's community corrections professionals are to be commended for the bravery they show on a daily basis when working with the nearly 16,300 adults and juveniles under their community supervision. The work they do is little noticed, yet it is vitally important to all West Virginians.

Members of the community are encouraged to join together during Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week to honor those who work to make our communities a safer place to live.

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