Isn’t probation too easy and just a slap on the wrist for the criminals?

Community Corrections has supervised over 1000 adult offenders since we began operations in 1982 and rarely has any probationer said their probation was “easy”. 

In fact, we’re often told we expect “too much” from probationers. For example, on our highest level of supervision, over a period of twelve months, the average probationer will have over 75 face-to-face contacts with their ISO (Intensive Supervision Officer) with about 20 of those contacts taking place outside of our office/in the community (unscheduled home visits or employment visits). 

 In addition, Community Corrections probationers are assigned to a random “Color Code” UA system, which requires them to call in five days a week and report for a drug test whenever their color is called.  

ISO’s also monitor our probationers’ employment, if probationers are unemployed they’re required to attend our Job Club weekly until they find a job.  

Finally, if an offender has been court-ordered to abide by “Special Conditions” as a part of being granted probation (obtain substance abuse or mental health evaluation, participate in any recommended treatment, refrain from contact with victims, and/or pay costs and restitution) ISO’s monitor compliance with those requirements. 

If offenders fail to comply with their conditions of probation, a variety of intermediate sanctions can be imposed or violations can be reported to the Court for further action.

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1. How do I find out if someone is on probation?
2. Isn’t probation too easy and just a slap on the wrist for the criminals?
3. What about more specific information about sex offenders?
4. What drugs do you test probationers for?
5. What is the difference between community corrections intensive supervision and regular probation?