1970 to 1980: Experiences with probation services in rural communities

Delivering probation services to populations outside urban areas in British Columbia presented many challenges and opportunities for the Corrections Branch and its staff.

In northern B.C., a territory that covers more than half of the province, criminal justice was often administered by travelling circuit courts. Court hearings along the circuit typically took place in makeshift facilities such as classrooms and town halls.

Flexibility was an occupational requirement for probation officers in rural communities.

Former Provincial Director Rob Watts on correctional services in northwestern B.C.

Former Provincial Director Alan Markwart on probation services in smaller communities.