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WHEREAS, pretrial services, probation, and parole agencies play a critical role in the public safety system; and
WHEREAS, pretrial services, probation, and parole agencies actively engage and work with local, state, and federal stakeholders to improve crime prevention, intervention, re-entry, and reduce recidivism; and
WHEREAS, pretrial services, probation, and parole agencies employ highly-skilled professionals who protect the public from criminal activity by providing risk-informed supervision to defendants and offenders; and
WHEREAS, pretrial services, probation, and parole agencies apply data-informed and evidence-based practices, which are proven to increase court appearance rates, reduce recidivism, and enhance public safety; and
WHEREAS, pretrial, probation, and parole officers work tenaciously to facilitate positive outcomes for defendants and offenders by supplying them with the necessary assistance and support they need to become productive citizens;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize July 19-25, 2020, as PRETRIAL, PROBATION, AND PAROLE SUPERVISION WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.