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Chief Probation Of Barbara Broderick Wins National Award

Maricopa County Chief Probation Officer Barbara Broderick has been named as the nation’s top probation executive by the National Association of Probation Executives for her sustained and distinguished service to the probation profession.

Broderick is the seventh person and first Arizonan  to receive this award, named for Dan Richard Beto, from Texas and now of Sam Houston State University,  a longtime probation executive and analyst, who served the association in various capacities.

Broderick has been a strong advocate of early intervention and enhanced, evidence-based supervision to handle Maricopa County probationers who are released from the Department of Corrections at a rate of 150 a month. Over the past three years, the county system has reduced recidivism significantly and by several measures. Broderick was a key supporter of the state’s Safe Communities Act in 2008, passed by the Arizona Legislature, the passage and implementation of which has earned Arizona high marks from institutions like the Pew Center on the States, which analyzed public safety performance of the 50 states.

“Barbara Broderick’s work is well known, much appreciated and vital to the public interest,” commented County Manager David Smith. “The vast majority of prison inmates will return to the community at some point. If our probation department is strong and effective, then more probationers will make good decisions and avoid crime. This literally saves lives, saves the costs of crime and repeated incarceration. This is important to public safety and a better future for everyone.”  

A special re-entry unit has been established to make pre-release contact with offenders, identifying their critical needs and set individual goals. Re-entry officers see offenders within 72 hours of release and coordinate and address housing, transportation, employment and treatment referrals. They develop a case plan and collaborate with social service agencies, providers, emergency and transitional housing programs.

Following this plan, the county probation department has seen reduced recidivism, fewer absconded probationers, fewer revocations, fewer new arrests, an expanded network of services to assist and support re-entry.  According to probation department figures, 1,300 more people successfully completed probation in FY 2011 (July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011) than in FY 2008 (July 1, 2007 to June 30 2008). More importantly, 1,600 fewer people were revoked to prison in the last fiscal year than in FY2008.

MCAPD Crime Reduction Performance Results FY 2008 to FY 2011


Performance Measures

FY 2008 Results

FY 2011 Results

Difference in number of people

Successful completion of probation



+ 1,340

Revoked to Department of Corrections



- 1,601

New Felony Sentencing



   - 885


Broderick praised her department employees’ success and shared the honor with them. “Thousands of lives have been positively impacted by our work. Public safety has been enhanced. And people are making better decisions for themselves and their families. I share this honor with them.”

“This is a very prestigious honor and it is gratifying that others are finding out what we already knew about Barbara and her quest for excellence in all she does,” commented Presiding Superior Court Judge Norman Davis.

Broderick has devoted more than 30 years to the criminal justice system. She became chief probation officer for Maricopa County in December 2000 and from June 2005 to August 2006 also served as Interim Chief Juvenile probation Officer. Prior to that, she was state director of the Adult Probation Office for the Arizona Supreme Court for five years, assisting local jurisdictions and treatment providers. She is well versed in the theory and practice of community justice, risk assessment, probation performance measures and substance abuse treatment.

Prior to coming to Arizona, Broderick was New York State Director of Probation and Correctional Alternatives. She earned her B.A. from Niagara University and her masters at the School of Criminal Justice at State University of New York at Albany.


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