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Adult Community Supervision

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Community Supervision Explained

The primary mission of Probation Officers working with adults is to protect the community by providing services to the courts, defendants, and the public. The basic concept of this mission is that probationers under probation supervision will be appropriately supervised and assisted to become law-abiding individuals. The supervision may be intensive for clients whose behavior poses a continuous threat to public safety or mid-level for those whose offenses pose less of a risk to the public. In addition to supervision services, Probation Officers complete mandatory pre-sentence investigations for the courts. In these reports, probation officers investigate an offender’s background, collect statements from victims and make recommendations for various sentencing alternatives.

Intensive Supervision Programs:

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  • DUI Intensive Supervision Program (DISP):

    DISP is an intensive supervision program that targets high risk drunk driver and clients whose offenses involve the use of alcohol/drugs and result in great bodily injury. With an emphasis on field work, DISP officers collaborate with DUI treatment programs and law enforcement check points to increase compliance with court ordered treatment requirements and conditions of probation as they are related to drinking and driving. DISP officers conduct random home visits and conduct on the spot alcohol and drug testing. The focus of this program is community safety, victim reparations and client rehabilitation.

  • Family Violence Project:

    An intensive supervision program, the Family Violence Project is an interagency collaborative unit between the County of San Diego Probation Department and the Health and Human Services Agency Children’s Services. The Family Violence Project partners probation officers with social workers who provide joint services to families who are active to both agencies.

  • Family Violence and Sex Offenders (FVSO) Program:

     The Family Violence/Sex Offender Program is an intensive field supervision unit designed to supervise family violence (e.g. domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse or stalking) and sex offenders who are on formal probation. Probation Officers evaluate risk and need and provide referrals to assist the defendant to make changes through cognitive behavioral interventions. Officers provide intensive supervision, which encompasses in-office meetings, field or home visits, telephone contacts, and liaison with law enforcement that sometimes includes surveillance. The officers work closely with the courts, polygraph providers, victim advocates, and community-based treatment agencies. Officers engage in extensive and continuous specialized training, and they support, educate, and protect victims and their families. Sex Offender Treatment Provider List.

  • Gang Supervision Unit (GSU):

    Goals of the Gang Supervision Unit are to assist clients with the successful completion of their probationary term, provide education and information to the public, and develop timely and accurate criminal intelligence. Duties to accomplish these goals include; first assessing the offender’s risk and needs to create an individualized case plan and then referring offenders to appropriate community based organizations for counseling, resources, training, and/or support.  In addition, GSU Officers conduct monthly contacts with clients in the field and in the office, random drug testing, 4th waiver searches, and submitting reports for probation violations and/or new offenses. The unit also provides gang awareness presentations to schools, community based organizations, and other law enforcement agencies.

  • Behavioral Health Supervision Unit (BHSU):

    This program targets severely mentally ill adult probationers who require prevention/intervention services to remain out of custody and in the community. The goals of this intensive supervision program are medication maintenance, treatment for substance abuse and the promotion of the highest functioning skills possible for this population.

  • Parents And Their Children (PATCh):

    PATCh is a specialized, intensive supervision caseload that focuses on defendants assigned to the VOP unit who have children from birth to age 10 living in the home. The probation officer works with the defendant and provides referrals to necessary community agencies such as, employment, therapy, cognitive behavior programs, and anger management in order to influence change, thus minimizing the cycle of violence and protecting the children.

  • Proposition 36:

    Non-violent drug offenders granted probation under PC1210 are pre-screened and referred to appropriate treatment programs. Probation officers work in collaboration with treatment providers and criminal justice partners in order to monitor these defendants for compliance with court-imposed requirements, and provide the court with timely notification of all non-compliance behaviors and/or treatment failures.

  • Violent Offender Program:

     The Violent Offender Program (VOP) is an intensive supervision unit. The defendants almost always have committed an offense involving violence (assault with deadly weapon, battery with serious bodily injury, etc). Most VOP defendants have been ordered by the court to complete anger management and will also likely have a no contact order to keep them away from the victim. The VOP unit will also supervise defendants who have a history of violence, even though the latest offense may not have involved violence. Officers will also supervise defendants who have “potential violence” based on their history or on the details of the latest offense. The Probation officers meet with the defendant twice a month, in the office and once at their home or business. Many have been ordered to undergo drug/alcohol testing, and are put on a random testing program. If the defendant continues to use drugs and/or alcohol, fails to get counseling, or otherwise violates his conditions of probation, they will be re-arrested by the Probation officer and returned to court for additional sentencing and/or other sanctions.

  • Women And Their Children (WATCh):

    WATCh is a collaborative, zero-tolerance intensive supervision program in San Diego County that works with pregnant women to bring drug and alcohol-free babies into the world. Probation officers supervise all pregnant juvenile and adult offenders with a history of drug/alcohol abuse. The case will remain in the WATCH program for at least three to six months following the child’s birth with follow-up by mid-level supervision officers.

  • Youthful Offender Program (YOP):

    The Youthful Offender Program is an intensive supervision program that targets high-risk youthful offenders 18-25 years old. The focus of this program is community safety and offender rehabilitation. YOP provides a collaborative approach to supervising this transitional youth group by teaming up with community-based organizations to achieve sobriety and full-time employment/schooling while addressing other important criminogenic factors such a criminal thinking and pro-criminal peer association. By lowering these risk factors YOP seeks to bring the youthful offender into law-abiding self sufficiency.

Non-Intensive Supervision:

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  • Mid Level Bank:

    The mid-level bank system is composed of three teams each consisting of three Probation Officers and two probation aides. Each team supervises approximately 1,700 felony offenders, through a series of compliance appointments that enforces the courts orders. During these compliance appointments, court ordered conditions are explained to the client and referrals are made to outside community services to assist the probationer, when applicable. When a defendant fails to comply with the court orders, fails to report, or is arrested on new charges, they are referred back to court for violation proceedings and possible additional consequences, such as additional custody time. Once the client is in compliance with their court ordered condition of probation, the case may be transferred to a lower level of supervision, known as the Administrative Bank.

  • Administrative Bank:

    The case is monitored for new arrests, changes in clients status or addresses and for any new concerns brought forward by friends of family members of the defendant. One hundred and eighty days prior to the probationer’s expiration date, the case is reviewed. At that time, it is determined, based on client’s compliance and ability to remain law abiding, if the client’s case should be allowed to expire or if further action is necessary by the court.

Other Programs:

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  • Other Programs

    Intake and Investigations: Probation officers help the court collect pertinent information pertaining to a convicted criminal’s behavior, history, assets, impact on victims, and mitigating and aggravating circumstances. The Probation Officer files a “pre-sentence report” with sentencing recommendations based on case law to assist the judge make his/her sentencing decision.

  • Interstate Courtesy Supervision Unit (ICSU):

    This unit coordinates the continuous supervision of clients leaving and coming to San Diego County from other states or California counties. To facilitate this process, ICSU staff communicates with clients, local probation officers, and probation officers in other jurisdictions throughout the country.