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Travis County Probation Office Onto Something?

The number one rule of any community supervision, or “probation,” is: Don’t Break the Law.  If an individual breaks the law while on probation, they are subject to being sentenced on the original case AND the new offense.  The Austin American-Statesman writes that Travis County has instituted a program that some say has caused a drop in the crime rate for those on probation.  One of the approaches:

“For probationers considered at high risk of committing a new crime, for example, the department has beefed up the number of classes that seek to teach them how to adjust their thinking and moral judgment.

For low-risk offenders, the department has minimized the number of visits required with probation officers, citing research that shows that saddling small-time offenders with too many obligations could increase their chances of winding up in prison.”

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