The majority of offenders placed on supervised probation by the Courts will be assigned to Standard Supervision.? These offenders must report to a probation officer in person on a consistent basis, usually once or twice a month, or as directed by the officer.
Offenders are supervised according to their risk to re-offend and needs. Risk and offender needs are identified using evidence based assessment tools such as the Offender Screening Tool (OST) or the Field Reassessment Offender Screening Tool (FROST). Treatment and educational programs, along with other local services, have been proven to be more effective in facilitating long-term behavior change versus incarceration. Effective treatment approaches include a greater focus on higher risk offenders, motivational interviewing strategies, targeted case planning, moral reconation therapy (MRT), or other programs that address anti-social or illegal behavior. Specific treatment may include drug and alcohol counseling, domestic violence counseling, anger management or other issues.
Uniform Conditions of Probation
As for the specific conditions or “terms” of probation, Arizona has uniform conditions that the Courts generally follow. However, at the discretion of the court, additional terms or “Special Conditions” may also be applied. You can view the Uniform Conditions of Probation in pdf format here Uniform Conditions Supervised Probation.
Probation Conditions may include:
- Monthly visits: You will be required to meet with your probation officer at least 1-2 times per month. These visits will take place at your home as well as at the Probation office. You are responsible for getting transportation to and from office visits.
- Employment: You will be required to get a job in order to pay any fines, fees, & restitution ordered. These monies must be paid each month. You may also be required to get a G.E.D. or attend school.
- Drug Testing: You will be subject to random drug and alcohol testing throughout your time on probation, sometimes at your own expense.
- Alcohol Use: If the judge orders you not to consume alcohol, then you cannot have alcohol in your residence and you cannot frequent bars or casinos.
- Contact Restrictions: You will not be allowed to associate with other people who are on probation or parole, or who have any type of criminal record. This may include family members. Your probation officer may direct you not to have contact with a specific person. You are also not allowed to visit anyone in jail or prison.
- Financial Obligations: You are required to make a payment toward your fines, fees, and restitution every month. Restitution is money that goes directly to the victim(s). Failure to keep current on restitution payments may result in additional court action.
If you have any questions or any issues regarding adult standard probation please feel free to contact the Probation Department at (928) 753-0741 and ask for an Officer supervising adult probationers.
Alan M. Palomino, M.S.