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Probation and Parole Officer Career in St. Louis, Missouri

Probation and parole officers in St. Louis, Missouri, work through the Eastern District of Missouri. The Eastern District is one of five districts in the state. As of 2012, the Eastern District supervised a caseload of 2,136, an increase of 9.5 percent from 2011. It has the largest supervision caseload in the Eighth Circuit and was ranked 17th among all districts in the federal system as of 2012.

Despite the large caseload, however, the Eastern District has an impressive recidivism rate of just 7.5 percent, which is far below many of the district courts throughout the country. This is owed in large part to the dedicated and effective probation and parole officers that serve St. Louis.

How to Become a Probation and Parole Officer in St. Louis: Education and Experience Requirements

To be eligible for probation and parole officer jobs in St. Louis, candidates must meet specific education and experience requirements, including a bachelor’s degree (master’s degree are preferred) in public or business administration, psychology, human relations, criminology, or sociology. Degrees are expected to be from an accredited college or university.

Further, candidates that want to have the best chance of becoming a probation officer in St. Louis and securing a lasting career often have experience in one of the following areas:

  • Probation
  • Parole
  • Pretrial services
  • Corrections
  • Criminal investigations
  • Mental health services
  • Substance/addiction treatment

Probation and Parole Officer Careers in the Eastern District

The Eastern District of Missouri includes the City of St. Louis and the following counties:

  • Washington
  • Warren
  • St. Louis County
  • St. Francois
  • St. Charles
  • Phelps
  • Maries
  • Lincoln
  • Jefferson
  • Gasconade
  • Franklin
  • Dent
  • Crawford

Other notable cities in the Eastern District include O’Fallon (St. Charles County) and St. Charles (St. Charles County).

The U.S. Probation Office, Eastern District, operates three probation programs:

Project EARN (Expanding Addicts’ Recovery Network) – Voluntary intensive recovery program for individuals who suffer from substance abuse and/or dependence issues

Project GRIP (Gang Reentry Initiative Project) – Voluntary intensive supervision program that is designed for individuals with gang involvement

Veterans Court – Voluntary program for United States military veterans

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