Adult Supervision Unit
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.
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 $1,000 are eligible:
- Worthless Checks, 609.535
- Theft, 609.52
- Receiving Stolen Property, 609.53
- Trespassing, 609.605
- Criminal Damage to Property, 609.595
- Motor Vehicle Tampering, 609.546
- Ordinance Violations on a case by case basis
- Possession or Sale of Stolen or Counterfeit Checks, 609.528
- Check Forgery, 609.631
- Financial Transaction Card Fraud, 609.821