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Ideally I just want my friend's situation to improve so that what I can only describe as this persecution will cease. What I am seeking advice about is whether there is any way of achieving this - whether this can be done by arranging to transfer his case to a different Probation Officer or by disciplining or reprimanding the current Probation Officer or by any other means I am not aware of.
The previous probation officer before this one clearly had no problem with my friend visiting his family, s clearly it is not correct to say that no other Probation Officer would take a different view. Indeed in all the time he was allowed to make such visits (before the new Probation Officer took over the case) there was never any problem, so it is irrational to suggest that a risk has suddenly appeared or worsened now, a year before his release. Nor do I understand why you say that someone convicted of importing drugs in a lorry (nb neither using drugs himself nor dealing in them) would be a risk to children in their own home (not in a lorry!). How and in what circumstances would children in their own home be considered to be at risk? At risk of what? Finally - and I thought most importantly - is this Probation Officer behaving properly? I would have thought this is simple bullying and abuse of power. Are her "clients" really so completely at her whim and mercy, without redress from this kind of abuse?