The 52-4 District Court Probation Department is
responsible for the supervision of offenders placed on probation at sentencing,
conducting of pre-sentence investigations/alcohol and probation violation
hearings when a violation of a condition of sentence has occurred. The
department uses a variety of programs, both county-operated and privately
owned, to guide clients through their probationary period.
The probation department office hours are from 8:30am to 4:30pm. On
site Preliminary Breath Tests (PBT) are available for a $5 fee, Monday
through Friday 8:30am to 4:15pm.
In addition to the full
and part time staff the probation department has been fortunate enough
to have a strong volunteer probation counselor program. It was
instituted at this court over thirty years ago and there is constant
demand by citizens in the community to be a part of it. The counselors
volunteer 1-2 days a month, assisting with case management and provide
offenders the option of evening appointments.
The department also
sponsors an internship program, accepting 1-2 interns from area
universities per semester. The internship program is a 300 hour
commitment and participants are trained in all aspects of probation
work: case management, pre-sentence investigations and report writing,
verification of community service and AA, and criminal history
interpretation. By the completion of their 300 hours, an intern is
qualified to be hired into any probation department.
The department also offers and operates several in-house programs: