Providing support for adults on probation who are overcoming challenges related to mental health, substance abuse, and returning to the community.
This is for:
- Individuals with mental health issues
- Individuals with substance use disorders
- Individuals participating in drug court
- Individuals eligible for work furlough
- Individuals looking to reintegrate into society
Helping adults on probation to obey court orders, rehabilitate, and return to the community while prioritizing the safety of the community.
This is for individuals:
- Placed on standard supervision
- Who are assessed as a high risk and require additional services
- With special needs and enhanced conditions of supervision
- Who have previously failed to meet their probation requirements
Adult Probation Additional Resources
After a person is arrested and taken into custody for allegedly committing a criminal offense, the Court determines release conditions at the Initial Appearance for that individual while the charges are pending. Probation Officers assigned to the Pretrial Services Division’s Initial Appearance Unit provide information to the Court, including criminal history and a validated risk assessment, the Public Safety Assessment (PSA). The PSA is used to identify the person’s risk to reoffend and the likelihood to attend future Court hearings, if released. Probation Officers assigned to the Pretrial Services Division manage caseloads of individuals released to Pretrial Services who have been placed on either General Pretrial Supervision, or any other restrictions as ordered by the Court, which includes a monitoring device being installed on the individual’s ankle to monitor the person’s movements in the community and further enhance compliance with the Court’s Release Order.
- Release conditions may include supervision by Pretrial Services, which could include drug and alcohol testing, specific no contact orders for alleged victims, orders to not return to the scene of the alleged crime, any other restrictions as ordered by the Court, and Electronic Monitoring.
- Pretrial Probation Officers monitor the person’s compliance with their conditions of release, as well as providing resources and reminders to attend all Court hearings.
- Pretrial Probation Officers provide reports to the Court on an as-needed basis to inform the Court of the person’s compliance with the release conditions while on Pretrial Supervision and submit Bond Review Reports at the order of the Court, when the Court is reviewing secured bond decisions made at the Initial Appearance.
- Pretrial Services is located in the South Court Tower building.
In most Superior Court cases, when the Court has made a determination of a defendant's guilt and has the discretion over the penalty, it must order a Presentence Report. These reports are then completed by the Presentence Division of the Maricopa County Adult Probation Department. The Presentence Division consists of Screeners and Probation Officers who work collaboratively to gather information for the Presentence Report to be submitted to the Court.
- A Presentence Report will include case information, defendant information, statements from interested parties, a risk assessment, screenings, and a recommendation for sentencing.
- Early in the process, a Presentence Screener meets with the defendant to gather information and to complete a risk assessment. The Screener then provides the information to the Probation Officer for additional investigation.
- One of the critical functions of a Presentence Probation Officer is to contact victims for a statement to include in the report. The Officer explains the Court process to victims and discusses financial losses resulting from the offense. The Victim Statement affords the victim a voice in the sentencing process for the Judicial Officer to take into consideration when making the sentencing determination.
- The Presentence Probation Officer gathers and verifies relevant information and uses the data collected from the risk assessment to formulate and support a recommendation. The Presentence Probation Officer prepares the report and submits it to the Court, defense and prosecution.
- If probation is granted at sentencing, the individual returns to the Presentence Assessment Center, where staff will verify that the assessment was completed, provide appropriate referrals, and inform the probationer of their Probation Officer assignment and contact information.