Date of Award

5-1-1979

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Atlanta University (AU)

Degree Name

M.P.A.

Department

Public Administration

First Advisor

Mary Nell Morgan

Abstract

This study dealt with a personnel problem which emanates from the ineffectiveness of the Career Ladder program for probation services within the Georgia Department of Offender Rehabilitation. Emphasis was upon the impact of the problem on the probation staff's provision of supervision and services for effective rehabilitation of offenders. Probation staff included positions of probation/parole aide, probation/parole officer I, probation/parole officer II, probation/ parole officer III and unit coordinator.

Insufficient advancement Opportunities and an inadequate position/classification system were contributing factors to the ineffectiveness of the Career Ladder. Research and analysis were used to indicate that the ineffectiveness of the Career Ladder program was due to the agency's inability to attract and retain the most competent staff. An additional adverse effect of the Career Ladder program was the ineffective rehabilitation of offenders.

To resolve this personnel problem, the implementation of a staff development program is recommended. The program should be designed to attract and retain the kind of staff needed to provide quality services to offenders.

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