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Probation Division

Dawn Moody
Vicinage Chief Probation Officer

Assistant Vicinage Chief
Probation Officers:

Sonia Valentin

MaryAnn Grier

Tiesha Williams


On March 19th, 2012, the Probation Division relocated to 55 Dale Avenue , Paterson . Phone numbers remain unchanged. If you require further information, please call the Probation Division at 973-247-8631.


General Description

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 New Jersey probation officer is clearly defined, and standardized expectations are established statewide with measurable results to gauge progress. Probation officers are professionals who receive comprehensive training, and are required to meet acceptable standards of practice as they develop their careers.

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

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 New Jersey . Penalties for adults who fail to comply may include county jail time, suspension of driver’s license and/or enforced community service. In 1997, the Passaic Vicinage became the first judicial region in New Jersey to reach the $1,000,000.00 mark in the collection of fines, fees and assessments.

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

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 Clifton and Passaic High Schools , as well as in Paterson at Eastside and Kennedy High Schools , and the Alternative High School located at the Alexander Hamilton Housing Development. The school based caseloads, including one for Paterson grammar schools, are designed to foster compliance with court orders through early intervention. Probation staff assigned to the high schools one full day a week interact with students and teachers throughout the day. Most of the students in the Alternative High school are on probation. The Volunteers in Education, is another judiciary/school orientated caseload. Juveniles on probation are monitored in their schools by volunteer teachers trained by the probation officer/coordinator.

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 Barnert Hospital , which runs the only group counseling program for juvenile sex offenders.

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 Passaic County . These include: the summer recreation program, a five week day camp in West Milford ; the Annual New Jersey Judiciary Olympics; and the Tournament of Justice annual basketball competition.

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.

Community Service

The Community Service Program monitors offender compliance with the community service sentence imposed by Superior and Municipal Courts in Passaic County . Community service is work performed without monetary compensation at public and private non-profit organizations within the community. Over 150,000 community service hours were performed in the vicinage in Court Year 1997.

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 .

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