Should a person on probation be a "Probation Officer" for someone else....

@Feona1962 (7527)
United States
September 10, 2008 5:18pm CST
I have a neighbor that is on probation and she tells me that her Probation Officer is on probation as well.. How can someone that is on probation be counseling someone else? She says it states that when someone is on probation they can't be around others that are on probation... She also told me that her probation officer is really rude to her...and she talks to and treats her like she is a little kid.... Whenever she has an appointment the probation officer is more than an hour late getting to her..every time...and she is afraid she is going to be late for work.... She is trying to get her act together but with this probation officer being so rude it is getting to her....She thought she was there to help her get through this..but yet is seems that she is just plain rude to her.. She doesn't want to say anything for fear of getting into trouble... Just wondering if anyone knows anything about any of this...
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@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
10 Sep 08
i really don't know anything about it but i sure wouldn't think they'd have someone on probation being over someone else. sounds like she needs an attitude adjustment. hope things work out better for your friend.
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
11 Sep 08
It doesn't make sense...she doesn't need to make more trouble...my neighbor feels bad enough for what has happened....
@owlwings (41899)
• Cambridge, England
10 Sep 08
I can't help wondering if there is some kind of misunderstanding here. People can be 'on probation' for many reasons - for example, when one is starting a new job, one is very often described as being 'on probation' for a few months. It sounds as if your neighbour should get an appointment with her PO's superior and ask to discuss a change. Those who have offended against society have, in theory, as much right to personal respect as anyone else (though I have to admit that some of them do little to try to earn it). Our medical systems expressly give one the right to ask to be treated by another doctor or specialist if, for any reason, there is a lack of trust between patient and staff. The same principle really should apply in the case of any other official person in a caring profession (which includes Probation Officers and counsellors). I believe that those who are on probation already have confidence problems enough without them being compounded unnecessarily by the sort of treatment that you describe. She should not fear getting into trouble through making a complaint but, unfortunately, the Probation system is often harsher than it should be and there may be grounds for her fears. Thinking about this, I wonder if there isn't a case for a system of part-time 'probation officers' who would be neighbour volunteers (and would, of course, be screened and receive a basic training). It's a rather different situation, perhaps, but there are certainly pools of volunteers who can be drawn on to help care for the elderly and children with special needs. I once attended a day's training as such a potential volunteer. A person who is doing their best to put an offence behind them and become a valued member of society would surely benefit from the caring involvement of neighbours.
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• Canada
10 Sep 08
I don't understand how this is possible either just because as far as I knew it was like she said , that if you are on probabion you are not supposed to be in contact with others that are on probation . There must be someone highger up that she can go to about this and complain especially if this person is being rude to her . It would be good for her to be a good civilian and having a hard time by someone who was alredy in trouble with the law doesn't sound to me like a good way to try rehabilitaing her .
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
11 Sep 08
Am like you I didnt think they were to be close to any one else on parole! THis is nutty . If I was her I think I would ask for another parole officer!
@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
11 Sep 08
That is what I told her but she doesn't want to cause trouble...I told her that this is her life and she is trying to fix it so she needs someone who is going to care about her and not bully her because she is on probabtion...
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
12 Sep 08
So true needs some one to help her turn her life around for the better GEt her to get a new officer somehow!
@george85 (17)
• United States
8 Dec 08
somebody's lying to you. first of all, you can NOT be a probation officer (or any state/county worker for that matter) if you are on probation or are a convicted felon. second, even if you could, why would a probation officer be on probation? and third, you can associate with other people on probation when you are on it. it's paroled felons that can't be associated with other felons. hope i helped
@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
9 Dec 08
Hi George.. From what I was told...if you are on probation you can't associate with others that are on parole.. Hmmm...very interesting...and you did help... I can understand why a felon would not be able to associate with others... Thank you for this information..
• United States
11 Sep 08
That is weird and interesting that her probation officer is also on probation. I want to know how that came about.
@GardenGerty (115732)
• United States
11 Sep 08
That does sound awful strange. Usually there is a background check to make sure there is no criminal background. Maybe this probation officer is on probation in another sense of the word, such as being new to the job and on a temp to hire basis. Maybe this officer has violated some guidelines and has one more chance to get it right, that is kind of a probation. That would make sense if she is such a goof off.