- Associated Press - Sunday, April 6, 2014

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Marion County officials say decreases in crime and recidivism are responsible for a steady decline in the number of people supervised by parole and probation officers.

Cmdr. Jeff Wood tells the Statesman Journal (http://stjr.nl/OnONHn ) that the division is seeing a 10-year low in supervised offenders. Statistics for the county that includes Salem show the monthly caseload has decreased since at least 2010.

Caseloads in February were down 4.5 percent from a year earlier and 6.1 percent from two years earlier.

Wood says FBI statistics show the Salem area has seen a decrease in person and property crimes. He says Marion County is also seeing a significant decrease in the number of people re-offending within three years.


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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com