Specialized Supervision

In addition to geographic assignment of cases, some offenders are supervised on specialized caseloads to enable the Probation and Parole Officers to focus on specific areas of risk, needs, and services. While all probationers are required to comply with general conditions of probation and parole, in addition, some offenders are ordered by the sentencing judge to fulfill special conditions, such as completing substance abuse treatment, paying restitution, or having no contact with a particular person. Specialized supervision is provided for parole, domestic violence, sexual assault, mental health, gender-specific and violent youthful offenders, and individuals with other types of offenses.

Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision

The Rhode Island Interstate Compact Office is responsible for the transfer of probation and parole offenders into and out of Rhode Island. There are approximately 920 Rhode Island probationers supervised by other states and approximately 330 offenders from other states being supervised by Rhode Island Probation and Parole Officers.

Sex Offender Unit

Sex offenders residing in the community require close monitoring and supervision in order to meet public safety concerns. Sex offender-specific Probation & Parole Officers supervise these offenders closely, enhancing accountability, and providing a quick response to infractions. Since its inception, the Sex Offender Unit has proven its value in supervising these offenders closely, enhancing accountability, and providing a quick response to infractions. Sex offender-specific Probation & Parole Officers work very closely with police departments in every community, conducting joint home and neighborhood visits and exchanging critical information. Staff also communicates regularly with treatment providers to ensure appropriate services. A victims’ advocate, who works directly with the sex offender-specific Probation & Parole Officers, adds a new dimension in helping to ensure that staff are sensitive to victim issues and that victims have access to support.

Domestic Violence Specific Caseloads

11 Domestic violence-specific Probation & Parole Officers provide supervision of approximately 980 domestic assault offenders, based upon the foundation principles of victim safety and offender accountability. Staff also communicates regularly with treatment providers to ensure appropriate services. A victims’ advocate who works directly with the domestic violence-specific Probation & Parole Officers helps ensure that staff are sensitive to victim issues and that victims have access to support.

Gender Responsive/Female-Specific Caseloads

There is one Probation & Parole Officer providing specialized supervision of female offenders. They provide targeted services to high-risk female offenders on probation, with particular focus on working with women being released from the ACI and/or at high-risk of recidivating. They also serve as a resource regarding gender-responsive approaches to supervision.