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September 2018

Cindy Stout graduated from Southwest Texas State University in December 1996 with a Social Work degree and license, which she maintains today. In 1997, she began her criminal justice career at Wackenhut prison facility in Lockhart, where her passion for helping people could be seen in the Stress Management, Conflict Resolution, Communication Skills, and Parenting Skills she facilitated. In June 2000, she combined her Social Work degree with her experience working with offenders, and became become a parole officer in Austin. During her career with the Parole Division, she has held the position of the Special Needs unit supervisor for the Austin area, Program Specialist I conducting audits and providing training to Parole Division staff. In October 2010, she promoted to the Super-Intensive Supervision Program (SISP) Program Supervisor III.

What is the most satisfying aspect of your job?

Training parole officers to take an active role in the SISP program so that clients learn personal business management and pro-social behaviors, allowing them to better integrate into society.

What is the best advice you have received about your job?

This job is hard, it is not for everyone; however, if you are passionate about it and believe in what you are doing, you can make a difference in people’s lives and in your own.

What are your favorite activities when not working for the Parole Division?

I love to travel, and love the live music and great food Austin has to offer.

Tell us something about yourself that others would be surprised to know.

I was never an SISP parole officer when I was in the field.