Probation and Parole
The Probation and Parole Division supervises approximately 4100 offenders. The division is divided into specialized teams, each providing services to a specific population. There is specialized supervision for sex offenders, domestic violence offenders, substance abusers, offenders with serious and persistent mental illness, women, and Spanish speakers. This organizational structure allows the department to focus expertise and resources where they are needed most.
Supervision services assist in holding offenders accountable to the conditions of their supervision, while supporting their efforts to live successfully in the community. There is emphasis on engaging offenders in activities that, according to research, reduce criminal behavior. These include finding and retaining employment, actively participating in treatment and skill building programs, and developing a system of community supports that reinforces long-term stability.
In order to make efficient use of its resources, the Department has created three levels of supervision. Higher risk offenders receive Level I supervision which requires regular face-to-face contact and participation in treatment. Home visits and drug screening are done as necessary. Lower risk offenders may be assigned to Level II which, in most cases, requires only quarterly contact with the Probation and Parole Officer. To remain on Level II, an offender must be willing and able to abide by the conditions of supervision. The final level of supervision is called case bank. Case bank participants are not required to report to their Probation and Parole Officer. The officer instead monitors each offender’s progress through file reviews, looking at things like court accounting and treatment reports. An offender earns his or her way to case bank by complying with supervision conditions and staying out of trouble.