The Challenges and Strategies of the Probation Caseloads in Taiwan

Rung-Hong Ting, National Chung-Cheng University
Ming-Wei Chiu, Sam Houston State University

ABSTRACT
Probation has become one of the main strategies used to supervise offenders in the Criminal Justice System in Taiwan. According to justice statistics in 2002, the total number of the population who are on probation is 23,656; on average, an adult probation officer is responsible for 137 clients. Although the average number of caseloads has been reduced gradually, it is still above the national standard of 120 per officer set by the Executive Yuan of Taiwan.

Probation officers play an important role in determining the success of probation, and overloading will harm the quality and time that probation officers can spend on each case. Higher caseloads will cause an irresistible pressure to probation officers. When recruiting more probation officers is not realistic for governmental financial reasons, we need to develop more effective strategies to cope with the challenges. In the paper, the impact of the heavy caseloads on the Criminal Justice System will be discussed, and some possible solutions to these problems will be addressed.

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Updated 05/20/2006