Attorney views on the use of private agencies for probation supervision and treatment

Int J Offender Ther Comp Criminol. 2009 Jun;53(3):278-91. doi: 10.1177/0306624X08316510. Epub 2008 Apr 2.


The exponential rise in probation caseloads has necessitated that some jurisdictions contract with private probation agencies and community-based private treatment providers. Regulations that monitor private providers are ill defined or absent, leaving standards open to broad interpretation. Attorneys in one jurisdiction that used private providers were surveyed to measure their beliefs about private treatment providers for people sentenced to probation. The research found that attorneys supported private provider representatives being present in court to contact defendants and to provide evidence to strengthen probation violations. Private agency reputation and standardized criteria were important to establish qualifications in offering supervision and treatment services.

MeSH terms

  • Crime / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Humans
  • Prisons / organization & administration*
  • Privatization*
  • United States