Probation credits provide an incentive for people on supervision to pursue educational attainment, vocational certification, maintain employment, and comply with the conditions of probation. In turn, individuals gain marketable skills and advance their careers, enabling them to better care for themselves and their families and rely less on public assistance.
Education and employment are key factors in reducing recidivism and increasing success rates for people on probation. Allowing individuals who complete these activities and show they are on the right path to be discharged from probation earlier would reduce probation officer caseloads. This would allow probation officers to spend more one-on-one time with individuals in their care who need more support or who are at higher risk of returning to crime.
Incentivizing success on probation through education, workforce, and discharge credits is projected to save Iowa’s taxpayers as much $82 million over five years. That’s money that can be reinvested in other efforts to continue making our communities safer.