§ 257-b. Conditional releasees; duties of supervision. 1. It shall be the duty of every probation officer to furnish each person who has been ordered to his or her supervision pursuant to subdivision two of section 70.40 of the penal law, with a statement of the conditions of release and to instruct such person with regard thereto; to keep informed concerning such person’s conduct, habits, associates, employments, recreation and whereabouts; to contact such person pursuant to rules and regulations promulgated by the division; to aid and encourage such person by friendly advice and admonition and, by such other measures as may seem most suitable, to bring about improvement in such person’s conduct, condition and general attitude toward society.

2. Probation officers shall report to the head of the local probation department who shall in turn report in writing to the local conditional release commission having custody of such person at least monthly concerning the conduct and condition of persons conditionally released pursuant to subdivision two of section 70.40 of the penal law; keep records of their work as probation officers; keep accurate and complete accounts of all money collected from such persons; give receipts therefor and make prompt returns thereof at least monthly; aid in securing employment; perform such other duties in connection with the supervision of such persons as may be required by rules and regulations promulgated by the division; and make any other reports to the division as it may require.

3. If at any time during the period of supervision, a probation officer has reasonable cause to believe a person conditionally released pursuant to subdivision two of section 70.40 of the penal law has lapsed into criminal ways or company, or has violated one or more conditions of his or her release, such probation officer shall report such fact to a member of the local conditional release commission having custody of such person.