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|August 5, 2003
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District Court Probation
Receives Its Recertification
Somerville District Court Probation Department marked its
recertification with a ceremony in the court's first session.
Since 1999, the
Probation Department has developed and instituted a highly effective resource
for probationers who suffer with substance abuse and related issues. The Somerville
District Court Recovery Program aids probationers in addressing their substance
abuse and anger issues. There are specialized programs for women, men, habitual
drug offenders and Dual Diagnosis probationers. Throughout the week, the court
offers nine supervised programs that cater to 170 probationers.
process measures the effectiveness of probation officers and their ability to
supervise people on probation in the community. A probation department qualifies
for recertification if it scores 85 percent or better. The Somerville District
Court Probation Department received a score of 93. The recertification is effective
through July 2005.
is conducted by eight regional supervisors from the Office of the Commissioner
of Probation, the administrative office for the Massachusetts Probation Service,
Office of Community Corrections and the Trial Court Office of Community Service.
The supervisors randomly select files from each probation officer's caseload.
Each probation officer is rated on their competence in classifying a probationer's
risk to the community, ensuring an offender complies with a judge's orders, and
regularly meets with probationers.
success is the result of a collaborative effort by probation officers, associate
probation officers, clerical support personnel and in particular due to the innovation
exhibited by Assistant Chief Probation Officer Maureen J. McEachern who developed
the substance abuse component, Probation Officer James Bailey who created the
Anger Management Program, and Probation Officer Ricky Hymon who designed the
Habitual Drug Offender Program for the Somerville District Court," said Chief
Probation Officer Richard Carino. "I also want to give special credit to Presiding
Justice Paul P. Heffernan who allowed our probation department to be as innovative
as we have. The ambition and desire of this department has also been fueled by
Justice James H. McGuinness, Jr."
The Somerville District
Court Probation Department monitors 1,020 probationers in the community. Richard
Carino is the Chief Probation Officer or manager of the probation department.
Carino's staff includes one First Assistant Chief Probation Officer, two Assistant
Chief Probation Officers, eight Probation Officers, 10 support staff, and four
Assistant Probation Officers.
Probation Service is a department of the Massachusetts Trial Court. There are
70 District Court, 12 Superior Court, and 12 Probate and Family Court probation
officers throughout the Commonwealth. Probation's Juvenile Court system includes
11 divisions which represent every county in the state. The Office of the Commissioner
of Probation (OCP) serves as the central administrative office for the state
Probation Service, the Office of Community Corrections and the Trial Court Office
of Community Service.