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Probation officers recognized this week

Posted: Jul. 21, 2019 12:10 am Updated: Jul. 21, 2019 12:21 am

QUINCY -- Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week will be recognized this week, including in Adams County, with the goal of raising awareness about the work community corrections professionals do.

Probation is the sentencing alternative most frequently used by Illinois courts, providing a community-based alternative to incarceration. At any time, the 24 members of the Adams County Probation Department supervise about 1,150 adults and juveniles on probation and 250 on pretrial supervision.

Frank McCartney, 8th Judicial Circuit chief judge, said, "I am so appreciative of the outstanding work of the probation officers in Adams County and throughout the 8th Circuit as they are constantly striving to make a positive difference in the people they supervise and are always at the forefront of changes in the field to assist their clients in changing their lives."

In both pretrial and probation supervision, the department uses evidence-based principles to support the clients they supervise to become productive, law-abiding citizens by helping them make lasting changes in their lives, while keeping them living in their home community.

"Our officers are most often involved in this work because they see it is a calling," said Wendy Venvertloh, Adams County director of court services. "They believe it is a responsibility to strengthen and improve our communities by working with those on probation to change their behavior. In doing so, the officers help individual clients have more fulfilling lives, as well as make our communities safer, better places to live."

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