Running head: TREATMENT OF OFFENDERSTreatment of OffendersNameInstitutional affiliation1TREATMENT OF OFFENDERS2Treatment of OffendersParole and probation officers are entrusted with the responsibility of helping offendersrehabilitate and get back into the society. Accordingly, such officers hold the power to determinewhether an offender is fit for the society or whether they should be incarcerated again. Theproblem, however, is that in some cases, parole officers tend to abuse this power and harass theirclients, the latter who are often helpless because they do not want to go back to jail. In my case,having observed a coworker verbally and sexually abuse his clients, it is imperative to try andstop this unethical behavior. As a probation officer, touching a clients buttocks and telling themto be good to you if they want to stay out of jail amounts to harassment and abuse of power.According to the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA), it is unethical for a paroleofficer to act in an undignified manner and to violate the trust of their clients. In this case, mycoworker is in clear violation of the code of conduct of parole officers.In response, I would seek to have a sit-down with the coworker and explain to them whytheir behavior is unacceptable. According to Smith & Yarussi (2007), in some cases correctionalstaffs have a negative perception of offenders and as such, it is difficult for the former to see thelatter as victims. This may ...
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