What do you do during office visits, home visits and collateral contacts?

Office visits are required to maintain in person contact with our probationers. A probationers address and phone number are typically verified in each visit. Standard information is exchanged during office visits such as how the probationer is doing in treatment, at school or work or at home. If problems occur, longer meetings take place to discuss them. Home visits happen less often but are also required frequently to follow up on compliance and monitor behavior in the home. An officer may visit a probationer’s home at any time that they feel it is appropriate and necessary to enforce or monitor probation conditions. An officer has the authority, per a court order, to verify a probationer’s residence and search their property or their person to determine their compliance with their supervision requirements. Collateral contacts are when an officer talks with a person affiliated with the probationer. This can be a treatment provider, parent, teacher, employer, police officer, anyone who may have contact with the probationer that can provide probation with helpful information regarding their compliance and behavioral progress. All of these functions are performed to make sure the probationer is complying with their terms and conditions as ordered by the court.

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1. What is probation supervision?
2. How does probation supervision influence law abiding behavior?
3. What are some probation terms and conditions?
4. What are some benefits to defendants on probation supervision?
5. What are some benefits of probation supervision to the community versus incarceration?
6. How does someone get placed on probation supervision?
7. How does Probation Supervision work?
8. What are office visits, home visits and collateral contacts?
9. What do you do during office visits, home visits and collateral contacts?
10. Is probation supervision the same as parole supervision?
11. What can I find out about someone on probation supervision?
12. What is a violation of Probation?
13. What happens during a violation of probation?
14. What types of recommendations can be made for a violation of probation?
15. What are typical lengths of probation supervision?
16. Can a person be released from probation supervision early?
17. Are probation officers the same as police officers?
18. What type of powers or authority do probation officers have?
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