The Professional Orientation and Perceived Needs of Texas Parole Officers

James F. Quinn, University of North Texas
Larry Gould, Northern Arizona University
Linda Hollway, University of North Texas

ABSTRACT
Data from 559 officers is used to examine the relationship between officer's traits, work situation and perceived needs. The results show an overwhelming desire for more treatment resources that challenge some established typologies of community supervision officers. Trends in officer activity are also reviewed in the context if evolving agency policies. Placed in a context of attempts to rapidly and radically privatize mental health and substance abuse service in Texas, the interpretation of the data is of heuristic interest to national corrections planning.

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