There are millions of Americans who are currently under court supervision through a probation department due to a criminal conviction. Probation supervision allows those who have been convicted of a crime to, in essence, serve the sentence for that crime while remaining in the community. Criminal justice policy makers have recognized that not all people who are convicted for a crime need to serve time in prison.
Many students and others in State College have probably heard a little about how probation and parole works if one is in the system after conviction for a crime. Most know that the system is administered by probation officers and parole officers. But many in Happy Valley may not know a great deal about the government agency under whose auspices these officers work. This blog post will provide a little information about that agency.