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Explain how the history of probation and parole influences the decisions that are made in the Adult Court System toward the supervision of adult offenders, highlighting the differences between past and present processes and practices.

Assignment 1: LASA 2: Parole Supervision

Here’s What Happened:

Mary White, age twenty-five, is a Hispanic female. She has been on

probation for twelve months of a five-year probation program. She is

on supervision for the felony charge of possession of a controlled

substance. During her period of supervision, that is, probation, White

has tested positive for the use of amphetamines on two separate

occasions, failing to participate in outpatient treatment and failing

to abide by the stipulations set forth by the court.

Recently, White violated the conditions of her probation by getting

arrested for driving while she was intoxicated and tampering with a

vehicle. White was sentenced to sixty days of incarceration within the

county jail for her violations. The police report, which was obtained

for the violation of probation hearing purposes, stated:

Centervale Police Department (CPD)

CPD Case Number: 11-XXXX

Incident: Tampering with a Vehicle

Reporting Officer: R. T. Smith

Date of Report: April 1, 2012

At approximately 9:30 p.m. on April 1, 2012, I, Officer R. T. Smith

was dispatched to a stolen vehicle complaint at 123 Main Street in

Centervale. I met with the complainant, Jane Daugherty, who said that

she had parked her car by a meter while entering into Fuzzy’s

Furniture Store. Before returning to her car she had stopped at the

sandwich shop to pick up dinner. Daugherty returned to her car at

approximately 10:30 p.m. This is when she discovered her car had been

stolen.

Daugherty described her car as a 2009 black Toyota Corolla. The

registration is 123-ABC. The car is valued at approximately $13,000

and has a sunroof and a dent on the back left fender from a grocery

cart.

Daugherty stated that she had locked the car after exiting but did not

have the keys with her at the time. She also said that she had left

the keys in a lock box in the gas tank so that she did not have to

worry about losing them. Daugherty stated that she had not given

anyone permission to take her vehicle and was current on her auto

payments so there was no possibility of repossession.

In my survey of the crime scene, I was unable to locate any items of

evidence. There was no broken glass near the meter where the vehicle

was parked and there were no items to photograph. Daugherty’s vehicle

information was entered into the National Crime Information Center

database and a Be on the look-out (BOLO) was issued for her vehicle.

At approximately 12:15 a.m. on April 2, 2012, information was received

that Centervale Officer W. S. Wright was in pursuit of the suspected

stolen vehicle. He entered into a traffic stop after the car came to a

stop outside Freddy’s Bar in South Centervale. The driver of the

vehicle was later identified as Mary White by her driver’s license.

White appeared to be intoxicated and resisted Officer Wright at the

scene. White was arrested for driving while intoxicated and tampering

with a motor vehicle. The car was towed to Fred’s Salvage. I made

contact with Daugherty to notify her that her vehicle had been

recovered and that I would contact her once the vehicle was processed

for evidence and could be released.

White had two new charges pending in addition to her violation. She

was found guilty of the felony of tampering with a motor vehicle. The

misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated was dropped given her

felony conviction. White was assigned to Officer Myers with the

Centervale Probation and Parole Office to complete a sentencing

assessment report for the court. The portions of the sentencing

assessment report include the narratives from the police reports,

history of the offender, education, employment, substance abuse,

specialized training, and a recommendation regarding the ability to

succeed under a period of supervision. Given her recent history of

supervision, White was sentenced to five years within the department

of corrections.

While incarcerated, White was given a parole hearing date within

eighteen months of her incarceration. She appeared in front of the

Parole Board and was given a release date after twenty-four months of

incarceration.

Here’s What You Need to Do:

Use APA format and citation guidelines to compose a paper (8- to

10-page, not including the title page or references page), on the

parole system and process based on White’s case that addresses the

following:

•       Explain how the history of probation and parole influences the

decisions that are made in the Adult Court System toward the

supervision of adult offenders, highlighting the differences between

past and present processes and practices.

•       Determine whether White was on probation or parole during her first

period of supervision. Analyze the opportunities that were given to

her during that period. When White was released from the Centervale

Jail, determine her supervision status. Explain whether it was

different from her first period of supervision. Analyze and discuss

the reasons for any changes you discover.

•       Analyze how White violated her probation and describe each offense.

•       In detail, identify and describe the presentence investigation

information needed in order to complete the process before the judge

renders his or her decision in the sentencing stage. Explain the

importance of the presentencing investigation process in White’s case

and the reason why the guidelines for sentencing must be followed in

every case.

•       Identify the parole parameters you would set for White if you were

on her Parole Committee. Explain the impact White’s release might have

on Daugherty. Then compare stipulations set forth by the Court and the

Parole Board. Explain whether the Court and the Parole Board aim for

the same goal. Defend your position using examples.

Submission Details:

•       Save the document as M5_A1_Lastname_Firstname.doc.

•       By Monday, August 17, 2015, submit your document to the M5:

Assignment 1 LASA 2 Dropbox.

LASA 2 Grading Criteria and Rubric

All LASAs in this course will be graded using a rubric. This

assignment is worth 300 points. Download the rubric and carefully read

it to understand the expectations.

Assignment 1 Grading Criteria   Maximum Points

Illustrated how the history of probation and parole influences the

decisions that are made in the Adult Court System toward the

supervision of adult offenders, highlighting the differences between

past and present processes and practices.       20

Determined whether White was on probation or parole during her first

period of supervision and analyzed the opportunities that were given

to White during that period.    16

Determined White’s supervision status when she was released from jail

and explained whether it was different from her first period of

supervision. Discussed and analyzed the reasons for any changes.        16

Analyzed how White violated her probation and described each offense.   32

Described the presentence investigation information needed in order to

complete the process before the sentencing stage. Explained the

importance of the presentencing investigation process in White’s case

and the reason why the guidelines must be followed.     20

Identified the parole parameters that you would set for White if you

were on her Parole Committee. Explained what impact White’s release

might have on Daugherty.        32

Compared stipulations set forth by the Court and by the Parole Board.

Explained whether the Court and the Parole Board aim for the same

goal. Defended the position using examples.     32

Identified the primary goal of parole and the responsibilities of

White’s Parole Officer during her supervision. Explained how White’s

Parole Officer might help her achieve the primary parole goal and the

primary goals White has as a probationer and parolee.   20

Identified the types of violations that could revoke White’s parole.

Described what special programming or assistance might White benefit

from during her supervision.    32

Explained how White’s achievement of becoming a contributing member of

society would benefit the community.    16

Writing Components:

•       Organization (16)

•       Usage and Mechanics (16)

•       APA Elements (24)

•       Style (8)       64


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