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|February 4, 2005
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PROBATION TO CELEBRATE RECERTIFICATION AT COURTHOUSE
The Attleboro District Court Probation Department
recently earned its recertification, scoring a 92.9 percent,
and will celebrate with a brief ceremony on Friday, at
2 p.m. at the courthouse located at 88 North Main Street.
The recertification process is designed
to ensure that Probation Officers meet the standards of
the Massachusetts Probation Service when supervising offenders
in the community. The standards focus on accountability
by probationers, public safety and rehabilitation among
offenders. A probation department qualifies for recertification
when it scores 85 percent or better. Attleboro District
Court's recertification is effective through October 2007.
Presiding Justice Gregory L. Phillips will
conduct the ceremony. During the ceremony, Second Deputy
Commissioner Elizabeth Tavares will explain the recertification
process. Massachusetts Commissioner of Probation John J.
O'Brien will present a certificate to the probation department.
Regional Supervisor Ellen Slaney will also attend the ceremony.
"We have a very dedicated and hardworking
staff who do a tremendous job. Our department also has
strong support for the work we do from Presiding Justice
Gregory L. Phillips," said Chief Probation Officer Terrell
The court has ranked among the top ten district
courts throughout the state in the collection of fees and
restitution, according to Kiley. In 2004, the probation
department collected $1.7 million in fees, $241,000 was
in restitution and $416,000 was in probation supervision
"We have a great system of review and good
enforcement. Our success in collecting money owed the court
proves in a concrete way that we hold people accountable," he
said. "The recertification of our court, however, also
shows that we are enforcing conditions placed on probationers
such as substance abuse counseling which aids in the rehabilitative
process and addresses what may have led to the offender
getting in trouble in the first place."
The Attleboro District Court monitors 1,500
probationers in the community. Kiley manages a staff of
seven probation officers, three support staff employees
and two associate probation officers.