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Probation Officer Time Management

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This is a probation training seminar sponsored by CSRA Probation and focused on PO functions in completing their casework and in serving their courts. The national average, according to the author, is 117 defendants on one's caseload. What the author does not explain is that misdemeanor caseloads are often much higher - 250+ per PO. Juvenile and Intensive Probation caseloads are 50+. A officer doesn't just talk with defendants! A PO spends time in Court, spends time with the judge, responds to inquiries from the prosecutor, compiles and sends reports to their manager, covers for other staff who are out sick, in training, or on vacation. The list of demands continues to increase and the defendants just keep rolling in. What are some scheduling tools the PO can use to organize their day so they can get everything done? How should they schedule defendants in? How do they handle the telephone monster? What about paperwork and getting it all done? There is never enough time but there can be nearly enough if you manage your caseload instead of letting it manage you. Let's talk about it. This is a training seminar based on Earlene Festervan's work entitled "Survival Guide for New Probation Officers" published by the American Correctional Association in 2000. This is a great field guide to working probation and more about the "How To's" and "Why's" of the PO process than statistics. Please come join us! Be advised, in advance, that anything said can be used for the training process without remuneration.