“This is the time of the year when it is my privilege to recognize the men and women who are serving our courts and providing investigation and community-based supervision for Nebraska’s criminal and juvenile justice systems. The week of July 21-27, 2013, is specifically dedicated as Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week,” remarked State Probation Administrator, Ellen Fabian Brokofsky, during a proclamation ceremony today. She continued, “These community safety professionals honored during their special week and honored here today are charged with assisting adult and juvenile probationers, problem-solving court clients, adult parolees and others who are ordered by the court, to lead productive, crime-free lives.”
An audience of community members and government officials assembled in the East Chamber of the State Capitol to watch Lt. Governor Lavon Heidemann deliver a proclamation that lauded the work of probation and parole staff. Both probation and parole officers have responsibilities for supervising offenders in the community while upholding the law and recognizing the right of the public to be safe-guarded from criminal activity.
During the ceremony, Brokofsky noted that this is an exceptional year for juvenile probation officers given the passage of LB 561 during the most recent legislative session. “This monumental legislation’s purpose is to reform Nebraska’s juvenile justice system. In it, the Nebraska Probation System was charged with improving the opportunity for success for every juvenile and his or her family under the court’s jurisdiction,” remarked Brokofsky. The legislation is designed to ensure a juvenile’s access to a comprehensive system of meaningful behavioral health treatment and other programs without requiring them to become a state ward. Nebraska’s juvenile probation officers, Brokofsky assured the audience, are “up to this challenge.”
Probation officials organized today’s ceremony under the direction of State Probation Administrator Brokofsky. Cathy Gibson-Beltz, Director of Parole Administration, and Larry Wayne, Deputy Director of the Department of Corrections, attended the ceremony as representatives of parole and corrections; Janice Walker, State Court Administrator, attended on behalf of court administrators and judges.
Speaking directly to probation officers and staff, Brokofsky said, “Your commitment and contribution each and every day interrupts the cycle of crime and reduces the costly toll criminal behavior places on not only the victims of crime, but also those who without your intervention and supervision cannot escape it.”
For probation contacts in your community, please click on the link and ask to speak with your area Chief Probation Officer: http://supremecourt.ne.gov/probation/offices