Probation Survey

Adult Probation

1) 2009. In felony cases where the sentence is a presumptive executed prison sentence, include alternative recommendations for treatment, services and Conditions of Release in the event that the judge departs from the sentencing guidelines and places the offender on probation.
2) 2010. Include the lethality/domestic violence risk assessment as part of Pre-Sentence Investigation recommendations.
3) 2011. Implement a standard practice of reviewing the client's MNCIS file on a quarterly basis and as part of any discharge procedure.
4) 2011. Community Corrections and Rehabilitation can provide universal training for probation officers across specialties on dynamics of domestic violence, available resources, and how they can best support their clients to succeed in probation.
5) 2011. Consider prior crimes of violence or felonies as additional risk factors in making danger assessments about individuals to inform risk planning.
6) 2011. If allegations of domestic violence are made against a person on probation, that person's probation officer should review the allegation and make referrals for programming as appropriate, regardless of whether the crime for which they are on probation is domestic violence related.
7) 2011. Probation officers should not recommend discharge of probation if the assessable conditions of probation have not been met.
9) 2012. Encourage probation officers to file Arrest and Detention orders, as appropriate, when victim safety or victim contact is an issue.
10) 2012. Ensure that all information in the probation file is shared, within one month, between transferring and receiving probation officers when a case is transferred between counties so that services are continuous and the client has consistent supervision. Further, phone contact is between transferring Probation Officer and receiving Probation Officer is considered best practice for ensuring that quality services are continued.
11) 2013. Important information about defendant lethality could be attained during a pretrial evaluation that incorporated a validated domestic violence risk assessment tool, like the DVSI-R or ODARA, and included questions that specifically address current access to firearms.
12) 2015. The Team encourages Community Corrections & Rehabilitation to allocate the resources necessary to reassign a permanent probation officer to the courtroom for all violation and revocation hearings.
13) 2015. The Team suggests that Community Corrections & Rehabilitation create clear expectations for partner agencies on progress reporting requirements related to shared clients and use a provider’s adherence to these expectations as part of regular evaluation of agencies to which clients are referred.
14) 2015. The Team suggests that Community Corrections & Rehabilitation create a standard protocol for communicating with service providers, first through ensuring the presence of release of information agreements between the client, probation officer, and service provider, then by identifying which violations, revocations, new charges, or changes in the client’s living or work situations, would be helpful for each type pf provider to know, and finally creating a method for that information to be communicated with service providers in a regular and automated fashion.
15) 2016. Consider standardization of administrative probation to include: 1) adherence to guidelines for determining whether administrative probation is the appropriate placement for the person, 2) consistent conditional criteria required for people on administrative probation related to leaving the state and frequency of check-in policies.
16) 2018. Develop more robust programming opportunities in jail and the workhouse to reduce barriers to access for treatment and intervention services. Similarly, create a supportive path from incarceration to supervised release and reentry that encourages the seamless continuation of educational, treatment, and therapeutic services. This can be made more financially feasible by cultivating strong community partnerships.
17) 2018. Explore county wide funding from domestic violence crisis intervention and education services that function outside of the law enforcement response. The potential for negative outcomes, child protection involvement, or fear of repercussions for housing stability or legal status can be barriers to people seeking help from police for domestic violence.
18) 2018. Incorporate evaluation of predatory offender registration compliance into probation reports to the court on cases where this is relevant.
19) 2018. Integrate domestic violence screening questions into court ordered forensic psychological evaluations and chemical dependency screenings. This will help to close the gap that occurs when mental health or substance use issues are addressed by the court in domestic violence cases by domestic violence screening or programming is not ordered.

Juvenile Probation

1) 2010. Assess risk presented by and the needs of juvenile offenders on a regular basis, to build upon the findings of the Youth Level of Services Inventory (YLSI) and with a focus on potential level of trauma. Modify the structure of the case plan to specifically address the newest assessment finding.
2) 2011. Complete case audits of sites for out-of-home placements for juveniles to ensure compliance and effective service provision.
3) 2011. Consider developing a protocol to assess juveniles who are on probation for interpersonal violence for domestic violence indicators. If the domestic violence indicators are present the probation officer may offer appropriate referrals to intervention services. Probation officers might also offer resources and referrals for interested family members as appropriate.