The department provides services to adult offenders for misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor level offenses. Probation Agents are responsible for ensuring the offender complies with Court ordered conditions. To ensure this compliance agents may conduct random home visits, random drug/alcohol screening and make collateral contacts to family members, friends or other professionals working with the offender. Other responsiblities include completing pre-sentence investigations, restitution studies, transfer investigations and violation reports.
Offenders are placed in a continuum of supervision based upon their risk assessment score. Typical conditions of probation can include chemical dependency treatment, mental health evaluations, anger managment/domestic abuse counseling, cognitive thinking skills programs, no use of alcohol or drugs with random testing and other restrictive conditions. Supervision periods can range from 6 months to 6 years.
DWI - Intensive Supervision Probation Program
Since 1998 repeat DWI offenders have benefited from this intensive supervision program. The program provides a combination of intensive probation supervision and programming that focuses on chemical dependency and recovery. Participation in the ISP program is in lieu of substantial and extended jail sentences.
Necessary qualifications for the program include:
- Defendant is a resident of Pine County or of a county that has an ISP program
- Defendant will receive a Gross Misdemeanor sentence.
- Defendant has one of the following with respect to prior DWIs:
Local Correctional Fees
a) 2nd offense in less than 2 years
b) 3rd offense in less than 10 years OR 4th offense in lifetime
c) 4th offense in less than 10 years OR 5th offense in lifetime
d) 5th offense in less than 10 years OR 6th offense in lifetime
e) 6th or higher offense in lifetime
The program requires offenders to complete 4 phases of ISP with various conditions and responsibilities in each phase. Offenders begin the program in Phase 1 and move through the phases based on progress and compliance with the conditions of probation. Final approval to move to the next phase is at the probation agent’s discretion.
Offenders are always subject to random and unannounced visits by probation and/or law enforcement to their home or employment. Visits also include being subject to random testing for drugs and alcohol. The probation agent may also make collateral contacts with law enforcement, employers, professional staff, program agencies and significant family members about progress and behavior.