Adult Probation/Parole Dept.
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Mission Statement: The mission of the Carbon County Adult Probation/ Parole Department is to partner with the community in providing evidenced based and appropriate supervision to enhance public safety through holding offenders accountable while providing offenders with the tools to make positive change and to become productive members of society.

Carbon County Adult Probation and Parole Department provides community supervision for criminal offenders who have been placed on bail, probation, parole, or intermediate punishment under the jurisdiction of the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas Courts. The department also prepares reports for all criminal matters to aid the Court in sentencing. The Department currently supervises over 1800 offenders.

The primary mission of the department is to maintain public safety and protection through the active supervision, control and surveillance of the offender. In addition, the department strives to reintegrate the offender into society without further criminal behavior.

Pretrial Services: The Department currently supervises offenders ordered by the Magisterial District Judges to supervised bail. Offenders must comply with standardized conditions. This allows lower risk offenders to be released from the jail and to address any treatment needs.

Presentence Investigations: When requested by the Court, the Department prepares a report that is biographical in nature. It covers such areas as prior criminal record, family history, educational and employment history, as well as prior treatment history for any type of addiction or illness. The report also includes recommendations for appropriate sentencing. The Court uses the Presentence Investigation Report as a tool in determining the appropriate sentence for that offender.

Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) Program: This program is only available to defendants recommended by the District Attorney. The department supervises all offenders placed in this program. This program is designed to divert first-time DUI or minor offense offenders from having a criminal conviction. Upon successful completion, the program allow for the dismissal of criminal charges and the expungement of their criminal record.

Community Supervision: The Department has geographically assigned Officers who provide general supervision services to offenders who reside in Carbon County. General supervision requires the officer to meet and counsel offenders in a variety of settings, which include Adult Probation Office, the offender’s home and various community settings. As part of the supervision, the officer assesses the offender risk and needs, determines the level of supervision and recommends placement in the appropriate programs and/or services when deemed necessary. In the event an offender violates any the conditions of supervision, the officer will file a petition to revoke the sentence.

In order to accomplish the department’s goals, the officers also conduct unannounced field visits to offenders’ homes in the evening and over the weekend. The department designed this supervision strategy to provide better safety and protection for the community; to increase enforcement of Court conditions, and to limit time offenders miss work. Offenders are also required to submit to random drug screens when requested by the assigned officer.

Intermediate Punishment: The department currently is responsible for the supervision of those offenders sentenced to Intermediate Punishment. This program is partially funded through a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. This program includes house arrest, home electronic monitoring, intensive supervision’ and residential inpatient treatment. Theses sentencing options are designed as an alternative to imprisonment and provide sentencing alternatives to the Court. These sentencing alternatives provide a cost effective approach in the delivery of community correction services and promote offender accountability through stricter sanctions, education, treatment and counseling.

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