Today marks the third day of Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week across the United States.
The week of July 13-19 is dedicated to the men and women who supervise defendants before trial on pretrial release, after trial on probation and after prison on parole.
Read a companion editorial on page 4 in this edition of the Daily Iowegian.
Shawn LaRue, probation/parole supervisor with the Eighth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services, submitted the editorial that talks about what the department has done and faces when dealing with defendants and convicts. While the letter brings up U.S. and Eighth District-wide numbers, he did narrow down numbers to just Appanoose County.
LaRue, by email Friday, stated Appanoose County currently has 168 offenders on supervision.
Men outnumber women, 125 to 43.
LaRue couldn’t give specific recidivism rates for Appanoose County for the years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and so far in 2014.
“The best information I have right now is our statewide recidivism rate, which is 30.8 percent,” LaRue said.
LaRue said offenders face a number of challenges in Appanoose County. According to his email response, he asked Probation/Parole Officer Steve Smith and Probation/Parole Officer Joe Yarkosky about those challenges.
“I asked Smith and Yarkosky about the challenges facing offenders, following are some of the areas: Drug use/availability and manufacture thereof, employment and lack of public transportation,” LaRue said.
The Eighth Judicial District encompasses the counties of Poweshiek, Mahaska, Keokuk, Washington, Louisa, Monroe, Wapello, Jefferson, Henry, Des Moines, Appanoose, Davis, Van Buren and Lee.