Probation Services - Adult Probation - Supervision Levels

All clients are not given the same amount of supervision (frequency and type of contact between PO, client, and other individuals or agencies). The type of offenses, the client’s rehabilitative needs, and the risk of further crimes are factors that enter into the PO’s determination of how often and where (office, field, residence, employment, etc.) clients will be seen. Courts may also order certain types of supervision. The supervision level is reviewed regularly and increased or decreased as warranted.

The minimum contact at each supervision level is listed below; however, POs can increase contacts at each level if necessary.

Intensive

Sees PO three times a week and provides two urine samples. This level is typically used by Courts as an alternative to incarceration, as an alternative to detention or revocation for violators, and for clients at imminent risk of relapse.

Length of time on Intensive Supervision depends on the Court’s orders and the client’s behavior. A typical progression for a successful client is two months of thrice-weekly contact, then one month of weekly contact, then Regular Supervision.

High Impact

The High Impact Program is designed to provide maximum structure, supervision, and surveillance in an effort to be proactive in preventing recidivism and criminal behavior(s) by known criminal violators.

HIGH IMPACT PROGRAM PLACEMENT

1. If the offender has scored a six or above on a risk assessment 2. The offender has a current offense involving a serious criminal charge which automatically qualifies them 3. The offender was identified by Probation/Parole Officers or other law enforcement officials as individuals who may benefit from this program

COMPLETION OF THE HIGH IMPACT PROGRAM

(High Impact Offenders will be placed into the program for a minimum of 90 days. At least three face to face contacts are made monthly which includes after hours visits, compliance checks, collateral contacts, and any other community based supervision techniques. Warrants issued are aggressively pursued.

Electronic Monitoring

Clients wear electronic bracelets that alert APO when they get more than 50-100 feet from the base unit attached to their home phone. Some EM clients may leave for work, school, church, etc., while others are confined to their homes. Frequency of contact with a PO varies from intensive to regular, depending on the offense and risk factors. Following EM, most clients will remain on supervision until their sentences have expired.

Regular

At a minimum one face to face contact each month or more if determined appropriate by the supervising Probation/Parole Officer. One face-to-face contact per month.

Minimum (Mail Reports)

Client sends report every month or every three months; direct contact with PO only when requested by either party.

Violations and Revocations:

If incarcerated at the Washington County Correctional Facility on an APO warrant or detainer, a Gagnon I Hearing will be held on all detained individuals. This hearing will take place within 72 Hours of detainment and will be held via video conference by the Chief APO, Assistant Chief APO, or the APO Supervisor.

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