Can a probation officer visit an offender at the offender's home or place of employment?
Yes, the probation department participates in regular field activities.
These activities include:
A probation officer might visit a person's place of employment if there is concern over the offender violating their conditions of probation, or if the offender hasn't kept regular appointments with the officer.
- Visiting probationers randomly at home throughout the day and evening
- Appearing at public locations and events to monitor potential problems with probationers
- Responding to crisis calls from offenders, victims, and other professionals
- Other activities as needed
How can I collect restitution owed to me as a victim?
The best way to assure that you will collect restitution is to file a civil action with the courts. The order for restitution can be used to assist you with your civil case. Civil action is more effective because law prohibits a person from being incarcerated because they have the inability to pay fees or restitution ordered by the court.
How can I find out if someone in my neighborhood has been convicted of child molestation?
The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute maintains a registry of persons convicted of child molestation with their current address. It is the law that sex offenders must register when they have a change of address. The Sex Offender Registry can be viewed at www.state.in.us/serv/cji_sor
What does "Probation" mean?
Probation is a form of community supervision for both adult and juvenile offenders. The sentencing Judge specifies the conditions that are to be adhered to for a specific period of time.
What should I do if my child runs away or is habitually disobedient?
You must file a report with your local law enforcement agency. They will make the referral to probation.
What specific conditions could someone on Probation expect to adhere to?
There are both general and specific conditions of probation that are ordered when the sentencing Judge places someone under probation supervision. General conditions
are those conditions that the Judge requires of all persons on probation and they include:
- Not committing a new offense
- Reporting to their probation officer as directed
- Waiving rights against search and seizure
- Not using illicit drugs
- Submitting to breath, urine and blood testing
- Not possessing firearms
- Becoming or remaining gainfully employed
- Not associating with felons
- Gaining permission to travel outside of Indiana
are those conditions that the sentencing Judge orders of individuals based on the individuals specific offense or their specific rehabilitative needs and may include, but not be limited to:
- Refraining from alcohol use
- Participate in therapeutic programs
- Not having contact with victims
- Performing community service
- At-home electronic monitoring
- Making restitution to a victim
- Paying probation user fees, fines, and Court costs
- Any other condition that the Judge sees as an appropriate condition
Can you briefly explain Community Corrections?
- History: On May 15, 1981, Grant County Community Corrections was established by county ordinance, with by-laws established by a Community Corrections Advisory Board. The Advisory Board is made up of community leaders who establish guidelines and goals.
- Mission Statement: To provide local alternatives to incarceration at the state level consistent with our priorities of: public safety, offender accountability, rehabilitation and reintegration, promotion of prevention activities, and lastly coordination of community resources that involves assessment of offender needs with development and implementation of programs designed to address these needs.
- Community Services: Community Service provides selected individuals, designated by the court, as a work force for non-profit organizations. The community is served while increasing offender job skills and minimizing the risk of further offense to the community.
- Inmate Work Crews: Inmate Work Crews provide a service to the community which also increases the offender's job skills, work ethics, personal dignity, and prepares the offender/inmate for future employment within the community.
- Work Release: Work Release provides incarcerated offenders with the opportunity to obtain/maintain employment while minimizing risk to the community and maximizing the opportunity for rehabilitation for the incarcerated offenders.
- Jail Addiction Treatment Program: Jail Addictions Treatment Program provides chemical dependency treatment for inmates, which focuses on internalization of personal responsibility, reduction of recidivism, and improved quality of life for each inmate.
- Project Step Out: Project Step Out provides incarcerated inmates, at the Department of Corrections, the opportunity to return to Grant County and serve the completion of their sentence in jail to receive services (education, group therapy, family education) and referral to available community resources.
- Home Detention: Home Detention provides an alternative to incarceration for themselves and their family. Home Detention minimizes the risk to the community and offers the opportunity for rehabilitation by referral to community resources.
If I know that a juvenile is on probation, and they are causing me problems at my home, what should I do?
It is most appropriate for someone in your situation to make a report to their local law enforcement agency (Police, Sheriff's department, Town Marshall, etc.). It is not uncommon for those agencies to simply refer you to the Probation Department instead of taking action themselves. However, it is important for the Probation Department to have a law enforcement report (or school report if it happens at school) in order to take some corrective action in addressing the situation. You may want to insist that a report be taken by the law enforcement agency.