Tribal members on parole or probation often face unique challenges. They can run into jurisdictional hurdles and may have a hard time finding services, like addiction treatment, stipulated by their parole board. Native people living on a reservation also frequently have difficulty finding ready access to work, which is usually a requirement of parole. Tribes often work with outside parole and probation departments to try and minimize the gaps. We’ll discuss some partnerships aimed at helping Native parolees and get insights into what probation and parole officers do.
Donna Fischer (Yupik and Aleut) –Past Parole
Jeremy Garretson (Northern Arapaho) – Currently serving parole
Brad Lewandowski – Director of Parole Services for the South Dakota Department of Corrections
Yvette Alvarez (Pascua Yaqui) – Chief Probation Officer for Pascua Yaqui Tribe
Nan Benally (Navajo) – Tribal Program Grants Manager for the American Parole and Probation Association
Break Music: Tha Mash Up (song) Wayne Silas, Jr. (artist) Infinite Passion (album)