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ND struggles to keep pace with ex-con caseloads

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Parole and probation officers say growing caseloads are pushing the limits of North Dakota's supervisory standards for ex-convicts.

Parole and Probation Division Director Leslie ''Barney'' Tomanek says officers are struggling to keep pace.

Tomanek says the number of people on parole or probation in North Dakota was 5,900 on Tuesday. That's an increase of almost 1,100 since 2010.

There are 75 sworn officers who supervise offenders throughout North Dakota. That's an average of about 78 cases per officer. Tomanek says an ideal caseload would be about 60 offenders per officer.

The state Legislature last year provided funding for six additional officers.

Chet Pollert heads the House Appropriations committee that examines such budgets. He says lawmakers are going to ''have to take a long, hard look at this again.''