Accountability and opportunity are the dual pillars upon which the Probation Department operates in order to accomplish our mission of reducing the incidences and impact of criminal behavior. We must hold people accountable for their actions, yet we must also provide opportunities for them to change their lives. It is this duality that makes the work of Probation both challenging and rewarding.
While accountability and opportunity are the foundational values upon which the Department is built, it is our use of evidence-based practices that drive the everyday operations forward. The Probation Department is committed to scientifically validated practices and programs that have been proven to reduce recidivism.
The first step in this approach is our use of an evidence-based assessment. These assessments provide a person’s risk level, which allows the Department to prioritize our caseloads and resources by shifting focus to those at highest risk to reoffend. The assessment also identifies offenders’ “criminogenic” needs (those dynamic risk factors in a person’s life which are directly related to re-offending). A tailored case plan can then be developed to address the top criminogenic needs. Research shows recidivism can be significantly reduced through this approach.
Evidence-based treatment (EBT), and other best practices, are the next step after an assessment and case plan is completed. The Probation Department treatment capacity has been greatly increased over the last decade. This can be seen in our adult Day Reporting Center and Adult Programs Center. We have also increased evidenced-based treatment in our youth facilities and at Bridges Academy. Furthermore, our Youth Programs and Supports Unit provides EBT across our continuum of services. We also continue to rely on our community partners to fill in service gaps in order to fully serve our clients and their families. We understand that in order to make the largest impact possible a robust collaborative effort is needed across numerous stakeholders.
As you view this website you will see the dual roles of accountability and opportunity in play. Our staff are dedicated to these principles. They have chosen this profession exactly because they want to both keep our community safe and make a difference in the lives of those who need positive direction. “Commitment to a Safe Community” is more than a saying for our Department, it is a call to action and a promise made.
Chief Probation Officer
The mission of probation services is to reduce the incidence and impact of criminal behavior of juveniles and adults. Accountability and opportunity are the dual pillars upon which the Probation Department operates in order to accomplish this mission. We must hold people accountable for their actions, yet we must also provide opportunities for individuals to turn their lives around and succeed. The Probation Department is committed to utilizing scientifically validated evidence-based practices and programs that have shown efficacy in reducing recidivism.