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Average # of offenders

You can't really get much from saying that officers supervise an average of 74 offenders. The contacts required on some offenders is only every month or two. Higher risk offenders have to be seen twice a month, and those on intensive probation have multiple contacts each week. I was a probation officer in New Hanover County for four years. When I resigned, I was supervising approximately 90 high-risk offenders - the maximum caseload for that level of supervision was supposed to be 60. At that time, we were explicitly forbidden to work overtime unless it was an emergency situation. The state didn't want to pay us overtime for budgetary reasons. Now that there's been a well-publicized tragedy, I would bet the supervisors will be approving more overtime for officers to work their inflated caseloads.


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