Probation and Parole—Theories for Treatment

Probation and parole are recognized as having two unique goals: protection of the community and rehabilitation of the offender. As Abadinsky (2018) has suggested, these goals are not mutually exclusive; rehabilitation can also make the community safer if it prevents the offender from recidivating. There are many theories used to guide the treatment of offenders while on probation or parole, some of which you explore in Chapter 7 of the course text.
In this Assignment, you choose a theory (or model) that aligns with your beliefs about the treatment of offenders. Then you use the theory or model to revisit probation and parole topics.
Reference: Abadinsky, H. (2018). Probation and parole: Corrections in the community (13th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson Education.
To prepare:
Select a theory or model from this week’s readings that resonates with your beliefs about the treatment of offenders who are on probation and parole.
Submit a 1,250- to 1,750-word paper that addresses the following bullets. Use the theory or model you selected to reexamine how you have thought about these issues from earlier in the course.
Identify the theory or model that you believe should guide the treatment of offenders on probation and parole and explain why. Use the theory or model to formulate responses to the following items.
Explain the purpose of community supervision.
Describe the difference between probation and parole and how the decision to grant each is made.
Describe the differences and similarities in the decision-making process for community supervision between adult and juvenile offenders.
Identify the challenges that offenders under community supervision face.
Recommend the most useful resources and services available for offenders on probation or parole.
Be sure to reference the course readings to support your responses.

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