ERIC Number: ED126316
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Dec-8
Reference Count: N/A
The Parole Officer Aide Program in Ohio. An Exemplary Project. Criminal Justice System Series Number 42.
Allen, Harry E.; Priestino, Ramon R.
The report represents an external evaluation of a three-year project designed to use ex-offenders as paraprofessional parole officer aides in Ohio. The report includes the results of a 1974 national survey of States' use of ex-offenders in parole work as background of the study. The program is described in terms of selection and assignment, duties and limitations, training, salary, and characteristics of the selected aides. The methodology employed data from attitude questionnaires, interviews, field observations, attitude surveys of inmates and parolees, and recidivism rates. The attitudinal questionnaire indicated that, in general, the aides' attitudes and orientations are very similar to those related to success as a social worker. Indepth interviews with the aides revealed satisfaction with their work. Responses to interviews or questionnaires by parole supervisors, prison inmates, and parolees indicated general agreement that the program was worthwhile. Inmates consistently indicated a preference for parole officer aides, and parolees supervised by aides consistently ranked them higher on all questions than did those clients supervised by parole officers. In terms of recidivism, the parole officer aides were significantly more effective than parole officers. Evaluation of the 23 aides employed during the first two years indicated that their performance was equally as effective as a control group of parole officers. (NJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ohio State Dept. of Economic and Community Development, Columbus.; Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (Dept. of Justice), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. College of Administrative Science.
Identifiers - Location: Ohio