Cognitive Intervention Programs

These programs are offered to individuals to reduce the likelihood of repeated offenses. There are 3 evidence-based programs individuals can take part in to help them build crucial life skills and work through trauma.

Cognitive Intervention Programs provide


  • Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Thinking for a Change (T4C)
  • Substance abuse treatment and support

Community Reintegration Unit

This unit supervises individuals serving a term in the Maricopa County Jail as a condition of probation. CRU Probation Officers assist individuals in their reentry needs to ease the transition back to the community upon their release from jail.

How the CRU program works


  • 60+ days in jail as a probation condition
  • Officers collaborate for in-jail assistance
  • Post-release substance/mental health support
  • MOSAIC Program for early release

Drug Court Program

Participants in this program must attend regularly scheduled Court status hearings to monitor compliance with their probation. Completing the minimum one-year program successfully can lead to probation discharge and offense re-designation as a misdemeanor.

To be eligible for drug court you must


  • Have at least 2 years of assigned probation for a drug-related felony
  • Have a history of moderate to severe substance abuse
  • Not be convicted of the sale or selling of drugs
  • Not be convicted of only marijuana possession or use

Prison Reentry Units

This unit provides support to individuals who are reentering the community after a period of incarceration. Prison reentry officers begin working with individuals prior to release to help them gain the resources needed to obtain stability post-release.

How the PRU program works


  • Officer connects with the individual prior to release
  • Officer oversees their community reentry
  • The individual is helped with getting identification, housing and employment
  • Probation expectations are outlined prior to release

Seriously Mentally Ill Services

Individuals with serious mental illness need unique resources and specialized supervision. SMI Probation Officers undergo specialized training and work with Mental Health Courts and clinical providers. They collaborate with the County Attorney's and Public Defender's Offices for comprehensive services.

How SMI services work


  • Officers collaborate with behavioral health clinics for positive outcomes
  • Mental Health Court helps address problematic behavior
  • Individuals get access to support post-release or discharge
  • Individuals receive support like housing, medication and ongoing treatment

Substance Use Treatment

If ordered by the court, individuals are referred to attend treatment at a contracted treatment agency in their area. Following "Best Practice" guidelines, vendors use Cognitive Behavioral principles to foster positive change. A partnership between the vendor, Probation Officer, and Assessment Center ensures effective planning and progress monitoring.

How Substance Use Treatment works


  • Individuals pay a minimum co-pay based on their financial standing
  • Progress is monitored and reported on a monthly basis
  • There is continuous contact with the probation officer
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is given in small groups

Unsupervised Probation

This probation type is the lowest level that can be assigned and is typically reserved for low-risk individuals.

Guidelines for Unsupervised Probation


  • Individuals must be low-risk with low-level felony or misdemeanor convictions
  • Probation type typically granted at sentencing
  • Compliance is monitored through phone, email and mail
  • Probation team consists of Probation Officer and Caseload Administrator

Work Furlough

This program provides the opportunity to eligible individuals to maintain or seek employment while in custody, assisting in their reintegration into the community. Work Furlough Probation Officers work collaboratively with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, the courts, Community Health Systems (CHS), as well as community stakeholders to provide individuals the opportunity to participate in the Work Furlough Program.

Guidelines for Work Furlough


  • Cases are screened before acceptance
  • Individuals monitored for drug/alcohol use and medical requirements
  • Full-time employment is required, and employer must be aware of program
  • Officers work with jail for release hours and travel to and from employer

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