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Probation & Parole: Overview of Units

General Probation

Probation and Parole Officers assigned to general caseloads are located statewide and supervise individuals convicted on a variety of offenses. The average size of these caseloads is approximately 190 offenders. All probationers are required to comply with general conditions such as reporting to the Probation and Parole Officer and remaining within Rhode Island (except with specific permission to travel.) In addition, some offenders are ordered by the sentencing judge to fulfill special conditions, such as completing substance abuse treatment, paying restitution, or having no contact with a particular person. As of January 2010, approximately 7,213 probationers were being supervised on general (or generic) probation caseloads.

Specialized Supervision:

Offenders requiring more focused supervision because of the nature of their crime or the risk they pose to the community are assigned to specific caseloads.

Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision

The Rhode Island Interstate Office is responsible for the transfer of probation and parole offenders into and out of Rhode Island. The unit consists of: Deputy Compact Administrator; Supervisor and 2 Probation and Parole Aide. There are approximately 1,100 Rhode Island probationers supervised by other states and nearly 360 offenders from other states being supervised by Rhode Island Probation and Parole Officers.

Sex Offender Specific Caseloads

Sex Offenders residing in the community require close monitoring and supervision in order to meet public safety concerns. Sex Offender Specific Probation and Parole Officer supervises these offenders closely, enhancing accountability, and providing a quick response to infractions. Since its inception, the Sex Offender Unit has proven its value in supervising these offenders closely, enhancing accountability, and providing a quick response to infractions. Sex Offender Specific Probation and Parole Officers work very closely with police in every community, conducting joint home and neighborhood visits and exchanging critical information. Staff also communicates regularly with treatment providers to ensure appropriate services. A victim advocate who works directly with the Sex Offender Specific Probation and Parole Officer and adds a new dimension in helping to ensure that staff are sensitive to victim issues and that victims have access to support.

Domestic Violence Specific Caseloads

13 Domestic Violence Specific Probation and Parole Officers provide supervision of approximately 1110 domestic assault offenders, based upon the foundation principles of victim safety and offender accountability. Staff also communicates regularly with treatment providers to ensure appropriate services. A victim advocate who works directly with the Domestic Violence Probation and Parole Officers helps to ensure that staff are sensitive to victim issues and that victims have access to support.

Gender Responsive/Female Specific Caseloads: There are two Probation and Parole Officers providing specialized supervision of female offenders.
They provide targeted services to high risk female offenders on probation, with particular focus on working with women being released from the ACI and/or
at high risk incarceration. They also serve as a resource regarding gender-responsive approaches to supervision. Caseload size for femal offenders specific
supervision is 1:46 as of July 2015 with a total of 92 offenders classified in this category.

Mental Health Specific: There is one Probation and Parole Officer assigned to the high risk Mental Health Specific caseload. This caseload provides targeted supervision services to high risk offenders on probation who have a history of mental illness and needs for mental health services, with a particular focus on working with such offenders being released from the ACI and/or at high risk of incarceration. They server as a resource regarding mental health services. There are 62 offenders classified in this category as of July 2015.