The 38th District Court Probation Department is responsible for the supervision of all individuals placed on Probation by Judge Gerds. Generally, there are 500 to 800 active cases. The staff consists of a Probation Officer and two volunteers. Probation officers investigate and supervise defendants who have not yet been sentenced to a term of incarceration.
A probation officer can perform any function assigned to him or her by the court. Their most common duties are to supervise offenders placed on supervision, and to investigate offender's personal and criminal history for the Court prior to sentencing.
The key role of probation is to monitor compliance with probation conditions and hold the offender accountable for any digression from their Court-ordered supervision. The monitoring of accountability and referral for service functions are critical components of what probation officers are expected to do. Reports, recommendations and court appearances are just the beginning of a probation officer's duties. Supervising offender’s whereabouts, associations and activities is another responsibility. Checking the offender's status at home, medical appointments or their place of employment to verify they are meeting all of the probationary requirements set forth is necessary.
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