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The overriding goal of probation is protecting the community by monitoring offenders and preventing future crimes. In addition to five probation units downtown, there are seven units providing supervision within the neighborhoods where offenders live.
The Probation Unit investigates offenders' backgrounds, assesses their risk of committing a new crime, and identifies those factors that should be addresses to prevent re-offending. Educational programs, treatment, or other interventions targeted at changing behavior are provided. Throughout the offender’s supervision, staff carries out the tasks necessary to protect the community and hold the offender accountable, including surveillance, drug testing, monitoring restitution, and community work service.
Non-profit agencies in the community are partners for specialized services including sex offender treatment, domestic abuse treatment, chemical dependency treatment, and some culture-specific programming.
Specialized units or specially trained probation officers provide supervision for sex offenders, DWI offenders, confirmed gang members, high-risk prison releases, and individuals convicted of domestic abuse.
The Probation Unit follows practices shown by research to be most effective in reducing recidivism. Following these guidelines, resources (probation officer time and treatment funds) are targeted at the highest-risk offenders. Lower-risk offenders are supervised in reporting centers, group settings, or on caseloads with contact to insure that the offender is complying with the conditions ordered by the court. Research has shown that these lower-risk offenders actually are less likely to re-offend if provided minimal interventions.
The focus on restoring victims and the community is demonstrated by ongoing efforts to maximize the amount of restitution collected and distributed to victims, to arrange and monitor community work service ordered by the court, and to provide Sentence-to-Serve crews for community projects.