Case Study: Out-of-Town Brown and the Besieged Probation Supervisor The Collier County Probation Department received two negative media remarks in the past month. The media stated that the probation agency was soft on crime. The chief of probation decided to react to the situation by implementing stricter and more detailed presentence investigation reports. However, the chief of probation used personal leave and left Joan Casey the supervisor in charge of the department. Casey is in charge of responding to any inquiries presented by the media and is under pressure by the media and the chief of probation to make the right decision that will satisfy the public, media, and the chief of probation. The current case is pending final judgment and is about a 23-year-old man who murdered his stepfather and was a victim for many year of physical and incest abuse. However, other than the stepfather the man is not considered a risk to the public. The probation department is proposing intermediate sanction to the judge for the 23-year-old man. A well-known television anchor contacted Casey by phone to discuss the sentencing prior to the final judgment. In this particular situation Casey should avoid the reporter and not provided information when a judge has not made decision. Another reason Casey should avoid speaking to the anchor is because the news potentially could have a public reaction, thus making her agency a target for the media. Also there is no way that Casey could know if the anchor may report a negative remark and not support her departments sentencing proposal. Casey’s Response to the reporter
If a response is provided by Casey about the proposed sentencing to the reporter it should relate directly to the data that was researched and analyzed in the presentence investigation report. Although this particular case is considered a high level crime the cause of the action is very clear. The individual suffered years of physical and sexual...
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