Understaffing leaves probation officers handling nearly 100 cases at once

MONTICELLO (Monticello Live) - Drew County does not have an active parole/probation case officer dedicated for the county's offenders. Currently, officers designated for other counties are covering Drew County, on top of their regular responsibilities.

When questions about probation cases came up in Circuit Court Monday, Judge Gibson said that he was under the impression each officer had a maximum case load of 25. Court testimony later reflected that total has been increased up to 60 but understaffing has left individual officers managing up to 90 offenders at once.

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