Participants attend the Adult Probation Orientation Group within 2-7 days of sentencing. A division supervisor presents a PowerPoint presentation and participants are given a handbook informing them of pertinent aspects of probation supervision.
After orientation a thorough assessment interview is completed by specially trained staff. The LSI-R assessment is then scored to determine the offender's risk to re-offend. After completing the risk assessment, the officer will make recommendations regarding level of supervision and interventions. The case is then assigned to a specially trained officer for that particular risk level.
Risk-Defined Case Management
The department has four supervision levels:
We currently have "teams" of officers for each of the above risk levels. Our most experienced and highly-trained officers work with the Moderate and High Risk cases.
Collaboration with the Resource Intervention Center
All Moderate and High Risk offenders are required to attend cognitive/behavioral interventions at the RIC. These would include the Changing Attitudes and Behavior groups or Thinking for Change groups. Higher risk clients are also linked with mentoring programming at the RIC to assist with building healthy, pro-social associates and activities in the community.
The RIC is an essential partner to the Adult Division and continues to develop evidence-based programming that provides the interventions necessary to not only change criminal behavior but to sustain that change.
Adult/Juvenile Case Management
A Juvenile and an Adult Division officer collaborate on supervision of offenders who are simultaneously under probation supervision in both divisions.
Probation officers assigned to the Drug Court are a part of a collaborative team that works with non-violent offenders who have volunteered to participate in the program. The program offers expedited access to treatment and intensive contact with probation officers and the court. This program is a model of successful evidence-based programming and an effective tool for reducing recidivism.
Therapeutic Intervention Program (TIP)
The Therapeutic Intervention Program (TIP) is a mental health court that offers innovative alternatives to traditional supervision and is aimed at rehabilitating probationers living with chronic mental illness and thereby reducing recidivism. The Winnebago County Adult Probation Department has two Probation Officers dedicated to the Therapeutic Intervention Program. Both officers have a background working in the mental health field and have received additional specialized training in the area of mental health and evidence-based practices. These officers work in collaboration with the presiding Judge, the State's Attorney's Office, the Public Defender's Office and Janet Wattles Mental Health Center.
Sex Offender Unit
This unit is staffed by two specially trained officers. These officers review the Illinois Sex Offender Registration prior to sentencing to assure that the offender understands his duty to register as a sex offender. Sex offenders are screened using a variety of sex offender and risk assessment tools.
Probation officers work collaboratively with law enforcement agencies, the community, and those specializing in sex offender treatment.
Domestic Violence Unit
This unit supervises offenders who have been convicted of Aggravated Domestic Battery, Domestic Battery or Violation of Order of Protection. Officers in this unit have received specialized training and are participants in the Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council.
Domestic violence cases receive intensive supervision. Officers are in regular contact and work collaboratively with treatment providers and the Winnebago County State's Attorney. They also work closely with judges in the criminal and civil components of the Domestic Violence Court. Some domestic violence offenders are ordered to attend a Victim Impact Panel (VIP) which is facilitated by probation staff.
Interstate Compact Unit
This unit is staffed by one officer who determines the eligibility and facilitates the transfer of offenders from Illinois to other states and counties within Illinois.
He has received specialized training on the Illinois Commission for Adult Offender Supervision rules and bylaws and the Interstate Compact Offender Tracking System.
DUI Court Supervision/Conditional Discharge
This unit supervises first-time DUI offenders who have received a sentence of court supervision or conditional discharge.
All offenders must receive a DUI assessment from an authorized facility. The DUI Information Sheet is reviewed with each offender at the onset of supervision. The probation officer monitors the completion of court-ordered conditions and reports any non-compliance to the court. Some DUI offenders are ordered to attend a Victim Impact Panel (VIP) which is facilitated by probation staff.
Public Service Work Unit
The Public Service Work Unit places offenders at a variety of non-profit and civic organizations in Winnebago County to complete court-ordered, unpaid work hours. The goal of Public Service Work is to enhance offender responsibility and accountability. Prior to placement, the needs and safety of the community and the offender's skills are assessed.
Presentence Investigation Unit
This unit is staffed by two probation officers. They complete presentence investigations and reports as ordered by a judge according to state statute.
These reports include a history of the offender's delinquency and criminality, victim impact information, family background, economic status, education, and physical and mental history. The report also includes information regarding community resources that can assist with the offender's rehabilitation in the community. When appropriate, a plan is offered based upon the offender's needs.
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