The Pre-trial Unit is responsible for pre-trial services including bail studies, monitoring of court-ordered pre-trial conditions, completing court-ordered and supplemental assessments/reports, and completing probation intakes after sentencing. During the probation intake process, probation expectations are reviewed, the offender's supervision level is assigned, and resources are provided to the offender based on their court-ordered conditions.
Resources provided to offenders by the Pre-trial Unit may include, but are not limited to: community work service/adult work crew, mental health services, alcohol/drug education, chemical dependency treatment, sex offender treatment, parenting classes, individual counseling, anger management programming, domestic abuse programming, driver improvement classes, impact/awareness panels, and/or cognitive restructuring programming.
Probation officers complete a Pre-Sentence Investigation (PSI) in order to provide evidence based sentencing recommendations to the Court.
The Level of Service-Case Management Inventory (LS/CMI), a validated risk/needs assessment, is completed with defendants pleading guilty to a felony or gross misdemeanor level offense and/or any level of assault/domestic assault. The risk/needs assessment may be completed with defendants pleading guilty to other offenses at officer discretion. The LS/CMI assists officers in determining the defendant's risk to re-offend and in assigning an appropriate supervision level once placed on probation. The LS/CMI also helps officers match defendants with appropriate services/resources based on their criminogenic needs, and assists the Adult Supervision Unit officers in their supervision and case planning post-sentence.
The Domestic Violence Inventory-Short Form (DVI-SF), a risk/needs assessment specifically designed for domestic violence, is a supplemental assessment used as part of a Domestic Abuse Assessment. The DVI-SF evaluates violence potential, assesses control issues, quantifies substance abuse and measures stress coping abilities.
The Compulsive Gambling Assessment (SOGS), is a validated risk/needs assessment used to identify defendants who may have a gambling problem and need further assessment. The SOGS is used as part of a PSI on qualifying offenses.
The Research Institute on Addictions Self Inventory (RIASI) is a validated risk/needs assessment used to identify defendants who may have a substance abuse problem and need further assessment. The RIASI is used as part of all same day chemical use assessments.
The Pre-trial Unit completes bail studies per Minnesota Statute 629.74, and on all defendants charged with felony level offenses and any person offenses. The bail study provides the Court with information about the defendant and his/her legal history to assist them in making an informed decision regarding custody and or release conditions. In domestic violence cases the department attaches the lethality assessment completed by law enforcement as a supplement to the bail evaluation.
The goal of the Adult Supervision Unit is to adhere to the department's mission by enhancing public safety while providing support and services to offenders in an effort to facilitate positive change. Additionally, the unit monitors compliance of conditions, completes post-sentence restitution studies and drug and alcohol testing, makes appropriate referrals to community based programs, and provides services as listed in the Pre-Trial Unit.
Probation officers utilize collateral contacts/information and other resources available in the community to assist in the supervision of offenders.
Traditional supervision includes offenders who have been placed on probation and/or who have been released from prison. Offenders who are court ordered to participate in the Intensive Supervision Program or offenders who have been assessed as high or medium risk, according to the LS/CMI risk assessment tool, are assigned to a probation officer based on the city in which they reside. Probation officers supervise offenders based on risk and criminogenic need. These contacts may occur at the Community Corrections Department, the offender's home, employment or in the community and may take place during non-traditional hours including nights, weekends and holidays. Officers employ evidence based strategies to promote positive behavior change by establishing professional rapport, utilizing motivational interviewing (MI) strategies and creating an individual case plan.
Sex Offender Supervision
Adult offenders who are sentenced for a sex-related offense are assigned to a sex offender specific caseload. Sex offenders are considered high risk until they complete the primary portion of sex offender treatment. Supervision consists of face to face contact, case management, use of supplemental assessments, case planning, polygraphs and Carey Guides. Officers employ evidence based strategies to promote positive behavior change by establishing professional rapport, utilizing motivational interviewing (MI) strategies and creating an individual offender case plan.
Probation Reporting Center
Offenders who have been assessed low risk will be required to have contact with their probation officer quarterly. These contacts occur at the government center and may take place during non-traditional hours including evenings. Probation officers verify residence and employment status and address any barriers an offender may be having with completing their court ordered conditions.
The administrative caseload consists of low risk offenders who have completed all special conditions of probation. Annual criminal history checks are performed until discharge or expiration of their probation.
Conditional Release Supervision
Defendants court ordered to the Conditional Release Program are required to have contact with a probation officer a minimum of three times a month. In addition to the conditions ordered by the Court, defendants must report to the department as scheduled, are subject to contacts at their home, school and/or employment, notify probation officer within 24 hours of any change of address, telephone, or employment and obey all Federal, State, Local laws, and Ordinances.
Transfer Out Supervision
This caseload consists of offenders who reside outside of Sherburne County and/or the State of Minnesota. Cases eligible for transfer will be submitted to the county or state where the offender resides. Once the case is accepted, the assigned probation officer will monitor the case and address violation reports or discharge reports submitted by the supervising county.
The Sherburne County Community Corrections Adult Diversion Program is a collaborative effort with the Sherburne County Attorney's Office and the Elk River Attorney's Office. The intent of the program is to reduce recidivism, ensure full and timely payment of restitution to victims, and ultimately reduce the costs associated with cycling an offender through the criminal justice system. Eligible offenders are discharged within six months if conditions are successfully completed. The following offenses with a loss to the victim(s) of no more than $250 are eligible:
Pre-disposition, the juvenile unit monitors juveniles with court ordered, pretrial release conditions; completes court ordered reports to assist the court in making informed, evidence based decisions, and provides information and coverage for detention hearings as needed.
Post-disposition, the unit supervises juveniles placed on probation or parole for offenses ranging from petty-misdemeanor to felony. The youth assigned to the juvenile unit can range in age from ten to twenty-one, if designated extended jurisdiction juvenile (EJJ). The unit utilizes the Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (YLS/CMI) risk/needs assessment for all delinquents to determine their level of supervision and assist in case planning. Delinquents are assigned to a probation officer based on the school they attend, or if not enrolled in school, the city in which they reside. Non-delinquents are assigned to an administrative caseload whereby they receive support and referral to complete their court-ordered conditions. Probation officers work collaboratively with the juvenile, their family, school staff, Health and Human Services, if applicable, and service providers to provide support and accountability in an effort to improve outcomes for the youth and their family.
The mental health screening is completed pursuant to Minnesota Statute and is a brief questionnaire to detect potential mental health problems. The unit utilizes the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument (MAYSI-2), and for those youth who identify exposure to a traumatic experience(s) on the MAYSI-2, the University of Minnesota's Traumatic Stress Screen for Children and Adolescents (TSSCA) is also completed. Together these tools assist probation officers in assessing whether a youth could benefit from a referral to a mental health professional, and whether a mental health professional trained in trauma focused-cognitive behavioral therapy is warranted. Research shows that early identification and intervention improves the quality of life for children and their families with reduced cost of services.
The juvenile unit utilizes a variety of community-based resources to address the juvenile's risk and needs while under supervision. These resources include, but are not limited to, community work service/juvenile work crew, anger management programming, cognitive restructuring, independent living, theft prevention, drug/alcohol education, defensive driving, impact panels, social skills, and various chemical dependency and mental health services.
When community-based services are not appropriate, or do not meet the juvenile's needs, an out-of-home placement may be considered. Out-of-home placement options vary in length, and range from non-secure foster care to a secure juvenile correctional facility.
Sherburne County Community Corrections works collaboratively with the County Attorney's Office who typically refers all first time, low-level offenses for pre-charge diversion. Successful completion of the diversion program allows the juvenile to avoid prosecution, the formal court process, and a legal record. Diverting low risk juvenile from the formal court process can improve outcomes and reduce costs while holding youth accountable. The requirements of a diversion may include: an education program, restitution, community work service, apology letter, evaluation(s) and/or counseling.
The Diversion Payable Program is a diversion option for tobacco and curfew violators. The juvenile is assessed a fee based on their history of tobacco and/or curfew offenses. The juvenile is given 30 days to pay and are only referred to court if they fail to pay or upon their request. All fees collected through this program are credited to the department's juvenile restitution account and distributed through the Restitution Reimbursement Program.
Safe Schools is a collaborative effort between the school district, various Sherburne County Departments and city/community agencies. Through Safe Schools we have been able to improve communication, expand our resources and partnerships, and establish a greater support network for the schools and the community.
Out-of-Home Placement (OHP) Costs
The department has continued to be very successful in reducing and stabilizing our department's OHP expenses.
The department's OHP expenses are included in Health and Human Services (HHS) overall budget. The department provides input regarding projected probation OHP costs to which HHS is the fiscal host.
Per M.S. 260.B157 Subd. 3, the department and HHS have an established and formalized juvenile screening team. The purpose of the screening team is to ensure both departments conduct screenings and case plans for all juvenile probation offenders who may be placed out of the home for more than 30 days for treatment of an emotional disturbance, developmental disability, or chemical dependency in a residential treatment facility.
The department works very closely with HHS to attempt to reduce Sherburne County's overall OHP costs while continuing to provide protection to the community and provide appropriate evidence based community-based services/referrals to youth at risk.
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|Tarah Bechthold||Probation Officer||763-765-4558|
|Teresa Becker||Career Probation Officer||763-765-4559|
|Dan Bradley||Probation Officer||763-765-4561|
|Kyle Foster||Probation Officer||763-765-4554|
|Amy Halvorson||Office Assistant||763-765-4563|
|Gavin Hein||Assistant Probation Officer||763-765-4588|
|Courtney Hodges||Office Assistant||763-765-4581|
|Emily Jenson||Probation Officer||763-765-4583|
|Chris Maas||Probation Officer||763-765-4554|
|Mary Massmann||Career Probation Officer||763-765-4565|
|Loren Maurer||Probation Officer||763-765-4582|
|Hannah McCarthy||Probation Officer||763-765-4592|
|Karla Minetor||Office Assistant||763-765-4586|
|Christenia Nelson||Office Assistant||763-765-4560|
|Amie Novak||Career Probation Officer||763-765-4566|
|Denita Palmer||Assistant Probation Officer||763-765-4567|
|Kathleen Poslusny||Probation Officer||763-765-4568|
|Brent Schmidt||Career Probation Officer||763-765-4569|
|Alayna Starr||Probation Officer||763-765-4576|
|Jennifer Thurn||Career Probation Officer||763-765-4557|
|Cheryl Turck||Probation Officer||763-765-4554|
|Katie Zarns||Career Probation Officer||763-765-4573|
|Probation Reporting Center||763-765-4554|