Pretrial, Probation, Parole and Supervision Week 2015


WHEREAS, the safety and well-being of the families and communities of the Commonwealth are of the utmost concern and importance to all Virginians; and

WHEREAS, Virginia maintains a system for defendants and offenders to be supervised in their communities while on pretrial supervision or on probation or parole as a direct result of a sentence to probation, or after being released from incarceration to community supervision: and

WHEREAS, pretrial, probation and parole officers are community corrections professionals charged with the duty of helping to preserve the safety of the citizens of Virginia by maintaining contact with defendants and offenders, supervising their behavior, ensuring their strict adherence to mandated conditions including appearance in court and assuring appropriate interventions and sanctions for non-compliance of probation or pretrial conditions; and

WHEREAS, pretrial, probation and parole officers assist the citizens of their communities by promoting effective prevention and intervention strategies to reduce recidivism including assessment and monitoring of defendants and offenders while assisting them in becoming law abiding citizens through appropriate education, treatment and  employment options; and

WHEREAS, probation, parole and pretrial services officers are a force for positive change in their communities and within the criminal justice system in Virginia by supporting rehabilitative justice, implementing evidence-based practices and helping defendants and offenders become productive citizens;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize July 12-18, 2015, as PRETRIAL, PROBATION, PAROLE, AND SUPERVISION WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.