Law of Probation & Parole (SD 650)


This course focuses on the legal and policy issues relating to the supervision of criminal offenders on probation and parole. The first segment of the course provides the history and philosophical underpinnings of community supervision. Students will explore how political factors, environmental conditions, and criminological theory shape the contours of probation and parole regimes. We will then cover the mechanics of probation and parole, examining a grant of community supervision, the conditions of probation and parole, and the revocation process. The remainder of the course centers on legal issues unique to probation and parole regulations. Students will study the conflict between supervisees' individual rights and community supervision restrictions designed to protect the public and facilitate successful reentry. This course encourages students to think critically about the history and future prospects of community supervision. The goal of this course is to facilitate an applied understanding of how community supervision works and the everyday issues that arise in the context of probation and parole. By exploring a relatively invisible realm of the criminal justice system, students gain practical knowledge that will enhance their roles as advocate and counselor. Students will be evaluated based on class participation and a final paper.


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