Probation officers hold a unique power over the lives of many, the power to take away their life,liberty and freedom. We have seen many examples of systemic racism and abuse. Often times a probation officer can abuse this power, extracting payment in many forms including sexual abuse. We need to maintain a healthy system of checks and balances to protect citizens who are trying to escape our highly punitive,systemically racist justice system. A probation officer already has the authority to have a probationer or parole arrested. They should not be given additional authorities.