The Philadelphia criminal justice system is feeling keenly the shortage of 56 adult probation and parole officers as the system aims for speedier disposition of criminal cases, according to leaders of the First Judicial District.

And court leaders say that the shortage of officers may jeopardize the system’s efforts to develop a supervision model that requires more oversight of probationers and parolees predicted to be at a higher risk of recidivism and less oversight of probationers and parolees predicted to be at a lower risk of recidivism.

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