Supervision of Defendants

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Pre-Sentence Investigations: A Pre-sentence Investigation Report is to provide the sentencing court with timely, relevant and accurate data so that it may select the most appropriate sentencing alternative or correctional disposition. The secondary purpose of the Pre-Sentence Investigation Report is to serve the needs of any correctional institution or field agency that may receive the offender, subject to judicial order. This document is a record of information relating to the offender's background, which is helpful to the court and other criminal justice agencies in determining an effective sentence and/or program for the offender.

General Supervision: The majority of defendants placed on probation or parole supervision by the court are supervised by general supervision officers who meet with the client, refer them to needed services and monitor their compliance with the order of the court. Rules for General Supervision can be seen by clicking here.

Substance Abuse Supervision: Provides intensive supervision to defendants who have commited offenses while under the influence of drug/alcohol and/or individual defendants identified as serious drug abusers while under the jurisdiction of Adult Probation/Parole Services.

Mental Health Supervision: Defendants who are ordered by the court to receive mental health treatment, or those who have a history of psychiatric hospitalization requiring special attention, will be supervised by a probation/parole officer knowledgeable in the behavior patterns, symptoms, medications, and treatment modalities for the mentally ill offender.

Sex Offender Supervision: Defendants who are specifically court-ordered to be supervised as a sexual offender are placed under the supervision of probation/parole officers who receive intensive training on the behavioral patterns and actions of sexual offenders. These offenders are supervised in a consistent manner with a victim centered approach. The goal of sex offender supervision is to help ensure public safety. The department follows the "Containment Model" for supervising sexual offenders. Probation/parole officers collaborate with treatment providers and the community in an attempt to reduce further victimization and maintain public safety. Supervision is conducted in-office, within the community and with treatment programs. Rules for Sex Offender Supervision can be seen by clicking here.

Electronic Home Monitoring/G.P.S. Tracking: Provides an alternative sentence to prison incarceration whereby the offender serves an incarceration period in their residence as opposed to prison. This program allows the client to continue employment/treatment and provide family support while being supervised electronically. The Office of Adult Probation/Parole Services will intensively supervise all clients sentenced by the court to participate in EMP. Supervision includes home compliance checks and compliance with any special conditions associated with the program.

Criminal Justice Halfway House Program (C.E.C.): This is a court-ordered program in which the defendant resides for a specified period of time and attends intensive drug and/or alcohol counseling. It is designed to provide the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas with a sentencing alternative. The purpose of the program is to stabilize drug and/or alcohol-involved defendants who have violated probation and parole rules and regulations. It allows defendants who are employed to maintain employment, and those are not to actively seek employment. It also allows defendants the opportunity to complete other court-imposed conditions such as community service in lieu of court costs or Safe Driving Classes.

The ARD Program: This is a program designed for clients with no prior record to receive a period of probation and possibly special conditions. Participation in the program is not an admission of guilt or a finding or innocence. Upon successful completion of the program, an individual may be entitled to have their record expunged. Rules for the DUI-ARD Program can be seen by clicking here.

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