Probation officers monitor and enforce the orders of the court and work with people to foster positive behavior change. Positive changes in behavior lead to less victims, safer communities and better lives.
When probationers fail to comply with court orders, it is the Probation Officer’s responsibility to bring the offender before the court. If a probationer violates a court order, their Probation Officer will order them to appear before the court. The Probation Officer may recommend additional conditions (or sanctions) to improve offenders’ behavior. This may include incarceration (jail).
As part of their supervision, Probation Officers may visit probationers at home and in the community to ensure that they are following the terms of their probation sentence. Probation Officers also refer probationers to therapeutic and rehabilitative specialty programs. Probationers might also receive specialty services at the court.
These programs and services include:
- Community Service
- Changing Lives Through Literature
- Drug and Mental Health Courts
- Electronic Monitoring (ELMO) Program
- Parenting Initiatives: Mother and Fatherhood Programs
- Prisoner Re-entry Program
- Sex Offender Containment Unit