RD461 - Virginia Department of Corrections Probation and Parole Officer Staffing Levels – September 22, 2022

Executive Summary:

This report has been prepared in response to 2022 Special Session I, Virginia Acts of Assembly, Chapter 2 Item 399 E.2. This section of the Appropriations Act requires the Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) to conduct a review of probation and parole officer staffing levels, including vacancies, rates of staff turnover and recruitment statistics, employment conditions, and employee compensation. The report containing such data and information is required to be submitted to the Governor and the Chairs of the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee by October 1, 2022.

Probation and Parole Officers are frontline public safety workers for the Commonwealth, supervising approximately 64,204 Probationers and Parolees as of July 31, 2022. Probation and Parole Officers play a critical role in promoting lasting public safety and helping people to be better. As of July 31, 2022, Probation and Parole consists of 1,112 employees serving districts across the Commonwealth. These employees include:

• 56 Surveillance Officers (Probation Officer Assistants)
• 738 Probation Officers
• 195 Senior Probation Officers
• 78 Deputy Chief Probation Officers
• 45 Chief Probation Officers

As one of the largest segments of the Commonwealth’s workforce, these public safety employees operate 43 district offices, multiple sub-offices, and 6 Community Corrections Alternative Program (CCAP) sites. See Appendix A – VADOC Facility and Community Offices Map.