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Federal Probation Journal - September 2015

This Issue in Brief

The Future of Federal Probation (Reprinted from 1950)

An article by then-Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts Henry P. Chandler, originally published in the 1950 June Anniversary Issue of Federal Probation, is reprinted here for a view of what changes he expected to occur in the federal probation system.

Henry P. Chandler

The History of Training in the Federal Probation and Pretrial Services System

The current Director of the National Training Academy for federal probation and pretrial services officers and one of the trainers at the Academy describe the history of training for federal probation and pretrial services officers and the current training offered them at the National Training Academy.

Ronald Ward, Aaron F. McGrath, Jr.

People Can Change and We Can Make a Difference

The author, a Senior Education Specialist for the Federal Judicial Center, commends the federal probation and pretrial services system on its anniversary for the effect of officers on the lives of offenders and defendants under supervision.

Michael Eric Siegel

U.S. Pretrial Services: A Place in History

In this article reprinted from the Sept. 2012 Pretrial Services Anniversary issue of Federal Probation, the author describes the legislative and political background to the introduction of federal pretrial services to the federal justice system.

Donna Makowiecki

Pretrial Services—A Family Legacy

The author, who is a retired deputy chief U.S. probation officer and the granddaughter of former U.S. Senator Sam Ervin, describes her grandfather’s leading role in the enactment of the law establishing pretrial services in the federal system.

Elisabeth F. Ervin

How Today’s Prison Crisis is Shaping Tomorrow’s Federal Criminal Justice System

The authors discuss both proposed and recently introduced initiatives by the Sentencing Commission and the legislative and executive branches of the federal government that will likely drive workload up in the federal probation and pretrial services system by authorizing early release to supervision for several categories of federal offenders in custody.

John Fitzgerald, Stephen E. Vance

Rowing in the Right Direction: Movement on the Recommendations on the Strategic Assessment of the Federal Probation and Pretrial Services System

The author describes the circumstances of the Strategic Assessment of the federal probation and pretrial services system completed in 2004 and details how the system has since responded to the recommendations of the consultants who drew up the report.

Matthew G. Rowland

State of the System: Federal Probation and Pretrial Services

The authors sets out recent statistics on the federal probation and pretrial services system in such areas as pretrial release, charges and criminal records of defendants and offenders and their assessed risk level, and violation and revocation rates of defendants and offenders.

James L. Johnson, Laura M. Baber

Community Supervision in the Post Mass Incarceration Era

The author evaluates the progress of the federal probation and pretrial services system toward becoming evidence-based in its supervision of offenders and defendants and recommends that the system now 1) address behavioral health disorders of those under supervision; 2) improve and expand on the use of technology, and 3) assist people under supervision in assuming prosocial roles as citizens.

Faye S. Taxman

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