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60 Judicature 435 (1976-1977)
New Directions in Misdemeanor Probation

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directions in
pro          ation                      by H. Ted Rubin
Some probation officers are leaving their traditional counseling role to
become brokers of community resources.
The rapid pace at which misdemeanor cases
are processed does not relax with a plea or
finding of guilty. Sentencing in these courts
usually occurs a few moments later. The
misdemeanant is fined, placed on probation,
sent to jail, or released with a jail sentence
The decision between jail and probation is
often made by the judge without the help of
a probation department presentence investi-
gation. In many misdemeanor courts, there
is no probation service; in others, probation
officers struggle with impossibly heavy case-
Misdemeanants form the largest portion
of the offender population, but they are the
group for whom the fewest and poorest
probation services are available. This anom-
aly is usually explained on the ground that
misdemeanants are not dangerous to the
community. But they are a major factor in
the national crime problem: they tend to be
repeaters; they tend to present significant
adjustment problems; in some jurisdictions
they are jailed more frequently than felony
offenders;1 and they account for a large
expenditure of public funds. Clearly, an
effective probation program aimed at misde-
El Paso probation officers describe the CRMT  1. President's Commission on Law Enforcement and
concept at a conference of the National Institute  Administration of Justice, THE CHALLENGE OF CRIME
of Corrections in Denver.               IN A FREE SOCIETY 129 (1967).

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