Frequently Asked Questions -- Adult Probation
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Frequently Asked Questions -- Adult Probation

Can offenders travel out of state?

Yes. Circuit Court probationers can travel out of state with the Judge's approval. However, the probationer needs a valid reason and travel usually is restricted to 14 days.

Are sex offenders required to register?

Yes. When a sex offender is convicted of certain registrable offenses, immediate registration is required.  They are subsequently required to verify their residence quarterly and/or to immediately report any change of address to their local police department.

Do you have to be sentenced in order to go to the SAI Boot Camp?

Yes. A probationer must be sentenced with a special condition that he or she completes the SAI Boot Camp program and the SAI Boot Camp aftercare program in order to be involved in the program.

What is the boot camp aftercare program? Is it required of all probationers after they finish the 90 days at the SAI Boot Camp?

The SAI Boot Camp and SAI aftercare program consist of three phases. Phase one is 90 days spent at the SAI Boot Camp in Chelsea, Michigan. Phase two is a combination of a 30-day residential substance abuse treatment program and 90 days on electronic monitoring. If a defendant does not exhibit a need for residential substance abuse treatment, the 30-day residential treatment program can be waived and the probationer will participate in electronic monitoring for 120 days.  Phase three consists of five months of intensive probation.

What are the requirements/restrictions of being sentenced to SAI Boot Camp and are they different for probationers and prisoners?

There is a difference in the restrictions of who is eligible to participate in the SAI Boot Camp as a prisoner versus as a probationer.  First of all, males and females are eligible for the SAI program.  Certain offenses, such as sex offenses, make offenders ineligible.  Prisoners are ineligible, for instance, if they are habitual offenders. Prisoners who fail boot camp are returned to prison to serve the balance of their prison sentence. Probationers and prisoners are also ineligible of they have convictions for certain sex offenses and arson. Probationers and prisoners are ineligible for the SAI Boot Camp if they have a previous prison sentence. Probationers who fail to complete the SAI Boot Camp program are returned to court and charged with violation of probation.

How can allegedly incorrect information in the PSI Report be corrected?

At the time of the sentencing, the offender and his or her attorney has an opportunity to review the Presentence Investigation Report. At that time they are allowed to place any objections to information included in that report on record.  If the judge agrees that the information is incorrect, he or she can order it removed from the report. If the information is discovered at a later date, the offender can request that the information be removed or corrected by writing directly to the sentencing judge.

How do victims get restitution? Who do they call for help and/or information?

The court at sentencing orders restitution. The Oakland County Reimbursement Division collects the money and, in turn, mails it to the victim. The victim can contact the Oakland County Reimbursement Division at 248-858-0506 if they have any questions.

When a probationer calls and inquires about whether or not there is a warrant for his or her arrest, who can they contact for help? What can we do about this?

The probationer should immediately contact their assigned probation agent. If they do not know who that person is, they should call the main Probation Department number, 248-858-0300, for further assistance.

Who is eligible for tether?

Any probationer sentenced in Oakland County Circuit Court is technically eligible to be placed on a tether.  Although tether is usually reserved for non-assaultive offenders, the sentencing judge has the option of ordering tether for any offender placed on probation.

What are the restrictions of being on tether? How big is the tether?

Tether, or electronic monitoring, has been used in Oakland County Circuit Court Probation since 1986.  Probationers placed on tether must remain in their home, except for passes granted for work, school, counseling and reporting purposes. The tether is approximately 2 inches by 3 inches. It is worn on the ankle and it usually goes undetected when covered by a sock.

How do tethers work?

The tether system used in Oakland County is a radio frequency tether that reports the probationer's presence or absence from their residence. This is not a tracking system and therefore, any time the probationer spends out of the home must be verified through contact with employers, counselors, or school officials.

Can a tethered person still have a job?

Probationers on tether can work and, in fact, are encouraged to do so.  Employment must be very carefully verified and regular schedules are encouraged.

If you violate the restraints of your tether, what happens?

Tether has very strict rules and any time a probationer violates their approved curfews, sanctions are imposed. Violations could result in sanctions ranging from a one-week lock-down, during which the probationer is not allowed to leave their residence for any reason, up to a formal violation of probation hearing.