ADULT PROBATION

 

The adult staff supervises approximately 500 adults. There are five adult probation officers.


Two officers have the main case load. These include maximum risk offenders who need to be seen one to three times per week. Medium security are seen two times per month, and minimum security offenders that need to be seen once per month.

One officer has the out of town clients. These clients are usually low risk and they live outside of Huntingdon County. These clients send in monthly reports, never meeting with the officer.

There is an institutional officer. This officer supervises all those clients in jail who have been sentenced, schedules them to go into jail, and sets up work release. All clients in jail that have been sentenced speak with this officer. The institutional officer also schedules all those clients who have been sentenced and need to do jail time. In Huntingdon County because the jail is so overcrowded, offenders need to schedule dates to go into jail, sometimes months after sentencing. All work release is set up by the institutional officer. The court orders the client to be released and the officer checks for valid job and hours.

The last adult officer is the Electronic Monitoring (EM) / House Arrest (HA) officer. This officer takes care of all the paperwork and supervision of clients on EM/HA. This is usually about 20 people per month. There are many that start and end the program every week. This officer also gets all the work done for court every month.

An adult officer meets with their clients in four ways. One is the monthly report. These are recorded and saves the hassle of in person meetings. However if a client fails to send in their reports it counts as a violation and may put them back into court. The adult officers can also meet with the clients’ in their office. These visits usually last about fifteen minutes. While there, they talk about life and if everything is good. While at an office visit only the client is allowed in the office. This allows for confidentiality and safety for the officers. A home visit is also a way of contact. This is so the officers can accommodate those clients that are not allowed to drive. This also allows for the officers to search homes for contraband, which is allowed and stated in the clients’ conditions. The last way the visit with clients is work checks. The officers are allowed to drop into places of employment to make sure everything is legal and clients are at work if on work release or house arrest.

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