Sonia Valentin MaryAnn Grier Tiesha Williams
On March 19th,
2012, the Probation Division relocated to
The mission of the Probation Division is to promote public safety and the welfare of children and families by enforcing court orders, supervising offenders, monitoring behavior and intervening to produce positive outcomes. Probation represents a commanding presence in the life of the offender and plays a crucial role in protecting the community.
The Probation Division pursues a vision WHEREIN communities are safer, victims are compensated, and offenders successfully complete their sentences in the community and lead law abiding lives. Probation’s vision further encompasses the area of child support by offering quality services to ensure that children and families are supported in compliance of court orders and in accordance with federal and state regulations.
The role of the
At present, Probation is separated into distinct sections to carry out these functions, including: Adult Services, Special Services, Juvenile Services, Child Support Enforcement Services, and Community Service.
Adult Services is responsible for supervising adult offenders through office contacts, field visits, drug screen urinalysis and appropriate referrals for counseling. This section is responsible for the collection of various monetary assessments imposed upon probationers by the Courts.
Adult Services is organized into teams, comprised of both supervisory and line staff, and a court calendaring unit. Adult Probation cases are initially classified according to risk and needs and a supervision plan formulated by the Central Intake Unit. After thirty days, cases are assigned to regular caseloads for the duration of their supervision.
Cases are returned to Court to resolve non-compliance issues.
Probation warrants are issued and executed when it is determined that
intervention is needed for the protection of the probationer and the community.
Referrals from supervising officers to the Division’s Comprehensive Enforcement Program (CEP) facilitate the
enforcement of collections of court-ordered financial obligations. Under CEP,
individuals who fail to meet their financial obligations are required to appear
before a hearing officer appointed by the Supreme Court of the State of
The Drug Court Initiative, introduced in January 1997, created a specialized caseload within Adult Services that provides intensive supervision and in-patient treatment to offenders sentenced under 2c:35-14c. as an alternative to incarceration. Enrollment is limited to defendants charged with Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance Within 1,000 feet of a School.
Adult Special Services
Adult Special Services provides supervision at a maximum level in specialized caseloads to probationers categorized by sex offenses, domestic violence and Carter/Krol sentences. The purpose of maximum supervision is two-fold. First, it provides protection to victims and the public by closely monitoring client’s adherence to the conditions of probation and facilitates immediate action should a probationer violate any of those conditions. Second, the intense supervision allows the officers to work more closely with the probationers in the area of rehabilitation. The special services sex offender client is also monitored regarding compliance with Megan’s law registration.
Juvenile Services provides services similar to those provided to
adult offenders but with a more broad-based community approach, particularly
involving parents and schools. Specialized caseloads and programs exist such as
the school based caseloads at
Two juvenile sex offender caseloads have been created to focus
more intensive supervision on this specific case type. Officers with extensive
training work closely with local police departments to insure the juveniles
meet the conditions of their probation and register as sex offenders annually.
A close working relationship also exists with the
Juvenile Services is committed to community partnerships and moving probation services out of the offices and into the communities served. The outreach into the community began with school based supervision and now includes a partnership with the Paterson Police, parole, faith based community and other agencies in the Paterson Village Initiative and an expansion of the traditional probation officer role to include teaching delinquent youth cognitive skills.
Probation officers conduct skills development classes twice a week at a local community day program and at the alternative High School. Officers conduct field visits during the evening and other non traditional hours with the assistance of the Paterson Police to improve court order compliance. The community plays an active role in developing the agendas and addressing juvenile needs during the weekly board meetings. The community is encouraged to attend and participate.
Juvenile Services is involved in a variety of activities to serve
the community and the youth of
Child Support Enforcement Services
Child Support Services is responsible for the collection and enforcement of child and spousal support orders. Over $39 million was collected in the Passaic Vicinage in Federal Fiscal Year 1997-1998. Child Support Enforcement Services is organized into enforcement, case processing, and customer service units.
Child Support Enforcement is the largest unit and is organized into teams. Teams are responsible for listing cases for court enforcement, maintaining and updating records, and responding in a timely fashion to the concerns and questions of their customers. The unit is responsible for enforcing court orders involving approximately 20,000 cases.
The Case Processing Unit is responsible for establishing all new support orders on the Automated Child Support Enforcement System (ACSES) and creating case files for the Enforcement Unit to enforce. Case types include dissolution, non dissolution, and domestic violence.
The Customer Service Unit expedites the prompt resolution of client problems and facilitates a satisfying client-agency interface. The unit averages 60-80 clients per day and is responsible for administratively hearing all tax, lottery and credit appeals. Staff assist clients in converting their direct pay matrimonial orders to pay through probation orders. Written responses are prepared to all formal written inquiries from various government agencies representing the customer.
The Community Service Program monitors offender compliance with the
community service sentence imposed by
Implemented in the vicinage in 1978, the Community Service Program was designed to:
- Provide a cost effective sentencing alternative to incarceration for adult and juvenile offenders, thereby offering relief to overcrowded jails and correctional facilities
- Hold offenders accountable to the community for their actions, thereby promoting greater community confidence in the criminal justice system
- Offer needed services to public and private non-profit organizations in the community during a time of fiscal constraints
Community service is ordered by judges in the following categories:
- Pre-Trial Intervention
- Superior Court criminal offenders
- juvenile offenders
- violations of municipal ordinances
- motor vehicle violations
Beginning in 1997, offenders who fail to perform their court-ordered hours were referred to the Comprehensive Enforcement Program for enforcement.
The main office of the Probation Division is
located on the first floor of the W
atson Building, 55 Dale Avenue