Part Two: Wyoming Probation and Parole


Public safety is the biggest concern when it comes to successful probation. In part one of Probation and Parole, Natrona County District Attorney Michael Blonigen said the cost of an unsuccessful probation could be much higher than one completed successfully.

Casper Reentry Center Deputy Director of Treatment, James Piro says all too often, we don't hear about the hundreds and hundreds of people who went through the probation program, who are successful.

Probationers are normal people who have made bad decisions, and are forced to pay the price of living in a world of constant supervision.

Natrona County District Attorney, Michael Blonigen says, "We tend to get the people who are the problem, rather than the people who do well and actually take advantage of their probation, do great, and turn things around... Because that happens too."

All sides agree the state provides a wealth of community options for supervised convicts. Casper specifically uniquely benefits from multiple agencies.

Many probation and parole officers throughout the state view supervision as rehabilitative.

Piro says, "If you send a guy right back to prison when he violates, we don't know what it's gonna do. Whether it's gonna help him or not."

The CRC is just a small part of a much larger effort to provide public safety. Some probationers and parolees spend the night at the CRC and are drug tested regularly... All the while, under constant surveillance.

The office of Probation and Parole say the state's efforts don't go unnoticed, as Wyoming's recidivism numbers come only second-best to Oregon.

Public safety relies on the success of rehabilitative programs, but it isn't uncommon for cases to go under the radar, as casper teen Austin Ideen, faced revocation nearly a year after violating his probation on seven different occasions.


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