There’s more to Chenango County’s Probation Department than handing out punishment

NORWICH – Saturday marks the end of appreciation week for pre-trial, probation and parole officers across the country and in recognition, the Chenango County Probation Department is spreading word about the impact it has in the local community.

According to Probation Director Karen Osborn, the field of probation has seen big changes in recent years. Whereas the role of the department was once to monitor probationers behavior from the office, it’s now more involved and visible in the community during non-traditional hours to assure community safety.

“We’re not just about punishment. We’re about changing peoples’ mindsets to get them to change their actions,” said Osborn, a 28-year veteran in the field. “This shift should have an impact on recidivism and will also improve positive outcomes for both the community and the offender.”

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