It is the mission of the Division of Probation and Parole/Adult to protect public safety by providing for the investigation and supervision of adjudicated adult offenders through the enforcement of legal statutes and community based programs designed to facilitate the offender’s adjustment and reintegration into society. The Division is committed to a program of offender management that will contribute to restoring the victim and community by holding the offender accountable for his actions and providing opportunities for restitution.
The Division of Probation and Parole/Adult has twenty-one offices strategically located throughout the state. The offices range in size from five (5) officers to forty-nine (49) officers (New Orleans District). There are 511 officers allocated to supervise more than 72,000 probationers and parolees in the community, 99% which are felons. Approximately 2,200 of the 72,000 offenders are convicted sex offenders, many of whom require specialized supervision, treatment and compliance with registration and notification laws. Officers also conduct major investigations for the Court (Pre-Sentences), Parole Board (Pre-Paroles) and Pardon Board (Clemencies) (more than 2800 in fiscal year 2014-2015). The Division monitors work release and cooperative endeavor agreement compliance on twelve work release facilities with a capacity of 1,221 inmates. Probation and Parole Officers also arrest offenders for violation of the conditions of supervision (approximately 5,000 in FY 2014-2015), and approximately 525 violators were returned from out of state. More than 26 million dollars in fees, victim restitution, fines, court costs and other assessments were collected by this agency in the last fiscal year.
The average caseload is 141 offenders per Officer. Officers who supervise specialist cases (i.e. sex offenders) carry a reduced caseload, which means other Officers may carry 160 or more cases.
The Division is accredited by the American Correctional Association, earning 99% compliance with standards on the last audit in 2015.