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Probation assistance is ordered whenever there is a doubt as to the release on parole, namely in case of a release after a prolonged execution of a sentence or a measure. The aim of probation assistance is to grant the convicted person tailor-made support to reduce the risk of repeat offending. This is managed on the one hand with the aid of probation and corrections services by dealing with relevant risk factors of the offence like conduct and attitude, on the other hand by enabling social integration, namely by giving support in the search for a job and an apartment as well as regarding the probationer's participation in social and cultural life.
Next to the original probation assistance, the Office for the Execution of Penal Sentences and Justice also fulfils a legal mandate in respect of giving advice:
- Learning programs
- Supervision of compliance with the terms of probation
- Debt reschedulings
- Social counselling in prison
- Social report
- Coordination of volunteers
General conditions & implementation
The criterion for probation assistance is always the risk of repeat offending or, respectively damage caused by a perpetrator. Probation assistance is to be ordered in the event of proven need for counselling and assistance and no suitable network of assistance or relationship is available and if the person released is motivated or if he/she can be sufficiently motivated. The need for assistance is in particular a given in case of a lack of social relationships or if they are not intact, if the housing situation is unsatisfactory, in case of unemployment or difficult work attitudes, insufficient vocational training, financial difficulties, substance addiction, far-reaching health problems, mental illnesses and in case of the feeling of being asked too much in terms of practical things in life.