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For Release: IMMEDIATE Contact: Pamela Walker
Date: July 15, 2002 Phone: (919) 716-3733

Probation/parole supervisor strives to help offenders and community

Cheryl ModlinCOLUMBUS- Chief Probation/Parole Officer Cheryl Modlin believes that by giving offenders the tools they need to become more responsible citizens the offenders and the community will benefit.

"I feel we have an obligation to help get offenders with serious drug/alcohol addictions into treatment programs," said Modlin. "By creating resources in our communities, we help to eliminate the offenders' excuses as to why they can not seek or afford treatment."

Modlin is one of approximately 2000 officers or supervisors who work in the Division of Community Corrections supervising more than 116,000 offenders on probation or parole.

Governor Michael F. Easley has proclaimed the week of July 14-20 as Probation, Parole & Community Supervision Officers' Week. The work the officers do for public safety in communities across the state will be celebrated.

As chief probation/parole officer, Modlin supervises ten officers who help supervise approximately 500 offenders who are on probation, parole or post release supervision in Polk County and some in Rutherford County. Modlin conducts reviews on offender files to ensure that all the conditions of the supervision have been met, the officersí narratives on each case are up to date and that officers are following through when complaints are made against an offender. Her duties also include handling complaints, signing warrants for arrest, handling personnel issues and monitoring the Criminal Justice Partnership Program (CJPP) in Polk County, which is a satellite substance abuse program. She is also chairman of the CJPP board in the county.

Modlin started her career in corrections in January 1987 as an intern in what was the Wilmington parole office. She went on to hold positions in Raleigh as a pre-parole investigator and parole officer. In 1992, she moved to Polk County where she served as a probation officer and intensive officer. Intensive officers are teamed up with surveillance officers and they supervise a caseload of offenders on probation or parole under a sanction called intensive supervision. This type of supervision is an intermediate sanction reserved for higher risk offenders. The intensive teamís job is to help ensure that the offenders follow the orders and sentencing guidelines set up by the court through enhanced interaction. After serving as an intensive officer, she was promoted to her current supervisory role.

A Raleigh native, Modlin received a bachelorís degree in sociology with a minor in criminal justice and a bachelorís degree in creative arts from UNC Wilmington.

When sheís not supervising offender cases, Modlin works with her husband in their business making barbecue sauce that is distributed in stores nationally. The Modlins also have three children who keep them busy.


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