This is a very interesting and important topic to write an essay about. The well-being of parole officers is often neglected, as not only the emotional strain, but also the increased workload of parole officers is often underestimated. This could form the basis of a thesis you might want to develop further. I’m going to give you some ideas as to what you could include in your essay, which should help you to get started.
First of all, there is the fact that parole officers deal with criminals who are being re-introduced into society. This means that the parole officers will learn about the criminals' background stories and criminal offenses. As a result, they might find it difficult to deal with this knowledge. This is why it is important to provide parole officers with a forum where they can share their experiences and get help.
Having to deal with criminals can also put parole officers into dangerous situations, as criminals, or their friends and family, might turn against their parole officer. This can occur particularly with criminals whose offenses were drug related, as they might relapse and return to their previous drug habits.
However, this is not the sole issue that creates pressure and stress for parole officers whose well-being is suffering. Another culprit impacting parole officers’ well-being is the need to juggle a vast amount of paperwork on top of their case load. In times of decreased funding, the workload of parole officers has massively increased, making it difficult for parole officers to ensure they can do a good job. Funding cuts have led to a decrease of staffing. The case load, which would have been spread among more staff in the past, nowadays has to be shared among fewer people, thus making it impossible to give each case the care and attention it would receive in an ideal world.
In terms of further reading, I would recommend the article “Challenges in Parole Supervision: Views from the Field” by E. Rely Vîlcică. I have also attached two links to interesting newspaper articles relating to this topic.