March 3, 2012 – The state of Florida is trying to reel in expenses pertaining to their prison system to the tune of $79 million for this last quarter of their fiscal year. The need to cut budgets means that some offenders will be receiving less probation officer visits through June of this year. Only those under intensive supervised probation will be receiving their standard visits.
Offenders who are on parole for less serious offenses; like house arrest for example will be receiving bi-weekly visits instead of weekly visits. The state hopes to save around $400k in expensive by employing this new model for this last quarter of the year.
In response to many concerns the agency had the following to say:
Public safety is the first and primary consideration before any adjustments are made.
However, if a modification has been made, those probationers will continue to be monitored in other ways. Due to security, the department cannot discuss further specifics as it relates to our processes as we oversee and monitor probationers.
It seems the plan to save money could backfire if offenders on probation were to break their probation due to less supervision and end up in prison. Besides helping offenders become productive members of society once again; probation helps to relieve the financial burden of incarcerating all offenders.