Adult Probation Services
Following a conviction (usually a felony) by an adult offender, the Adult Intake probation officer investigates and prepares a pre-sentence report for the court regarding circumstances surrounding the crime, the history and prior record of the defendant, and an assessment of the risk to re-offend. Conditions of community supervision and/or incarceration are recommended by the officer with an eye toward victim/community safety and restoration, and offender rehabilitation.
Adult Field Services
Adult Field probation officers supervise adult offenders who have been granted formal probation by the court. The officers work with offenders to reduce the likelihood to re-offend, and hold them accountable by monitoring residence, employment, restitution payments, and participation in rehabilitative services. They investigate violations, initiate revocations, and make recommendations to the court regarding noncompliance.
Courtesy Supervision and Court Jurisdictional Transfers
Interstate courtesy supervision requests are investigated and accepted pursuant to the Interstate Compact Agreement, as appropriate. Court jurisdictional transfers between counties within California for persons who live in Humboldt County are investigated, accepted, and classified according to local procedure (pursuant to PC 1203.9). California Law
Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS)
Probation officers supervise offenders released from State prison. They determine conditions of release and monitor residence, employment, and rehabilitative services as well as apply sanctions and initiate court actions when violations occur. The probation officers are part of a larger collaborative with the Department of Human Services and community based organizations to provide services intended to reduce recidivism.
Supervised Release Program (SRP)The Supervised Release Program, SRP, provides supervision to unsentenced defendants who are going through the Court process on misdemeanor or felony charges. Prior to release on SRP, the Court requests a report assessing the defendant’s eligibility and suitability. Defendants are considered eligible for SRP unless one of the following circumstances applies: they have pending serious or violent charges; they are already receiving formal supervision by either Probation or Parole; they refuse to participate in SRP; they are ineligible for release from custody due to being held in a different matter or having a detainer from another county; or they were unsuccessfully terminated from SRP within the previous six months. Suitability for SRP is determined through utilization of the Ohio Risk Assessment System: Pretrial Assessment Tool, also referred to as ORAS-PAT. The ORAS-PAT considers a defendant’s age at first arrest, number of failure-to-appear warrants in the past 24 months, number of prior jail commitments, employment status, residence stability over the previous six months, and drug and alcohol use over the previous 6 months. The ORAS-PAT score is predictive of the likelihood a defendant will return to court and/or commit a new offense while pending sentencing. Defendants who are released on SRP are required to maintain contact with a probation officer through standard office and field contacts and are given support including court reminder calls and transportation to court hearings. They are also offered referrals to community supports and treatment programs. Defendants may be required to wear an electronic monitor which tracks their location. View additional information on the Ohio Risk Assessment System. The Ohio Risk Assessment System has been validated by the Judicial Council of California and can be viewed in the The Report to the Judicial Council.