Parole and Probation Services
MissionThe mission of the Division of Parole and Probation is to improve public safety by providing effective correctional interventions for people on supervision so that they can be law abiding.
Parole and Probation Services currently
supervises over 5,800 community offenders.
• 5261 on probation
• 544 on parole
Parole and Probation Services is responsible to provide supervision for all offenders on parole or supervised probation in the community. Parole and Probation Services consists of ninety five (95) staff with seventy five (75) sworn officers whom operate from sixteen (16) district offices located throughout the state. Parole and Probation Services is also responsible to complete Pre-Sentence Investigations as ordered by the state district courts. The purpose of these investigations is to provide as much information to the courts as possible to allow for appropriate sentences for the offender.
Parole and Probation Officers use the Levels of Service Inventory-Revised (LSI-R) to identify the risk factors for each offender and to formulate case supervision plans. Case plans focus on the top criminogenic factors for the offender and reducing those risk factors. Community safety is top priority, but every effort is made to work with offenders in the community when appropriate. Parole and Probation Officers embrace the Transition for Prison to Community (TPC) initiative and work closely with staff in all correctional facilities to make a seamless transition for the offenders from the institutions to the community.
In order to provide maximum effectiveness in supervision, Parole and Probation Services utilizes several specialized caseloads. We currently have three Parole Specialists, four Re-Entry Officers, five Drug Court Officers, nine Sex Offender Specialists and one Female Transition Officer. In addition, we have recently trained four officers who will focus their work on domestic violence cases.
- Worked closely with the Department of Human Services to develop a process for civilly committed sex offenders that are released onto community supervision.
- Trained four staff in our Minot, Grand Forks, Fargo, and Bismarck district offices to supervise domestic violence offenders.
- Completed a study to validate the Levels of Service Inventory-Revised (LSI-R). From that study we were able to better define different risk levels and develop supervision strategies based on the identified risk.
- We have trained all staff in the use of Effective Communication/Motivational Strategies (ECMS) and Core Correctional Practices (CCP). Both of these skills focus on more effectively dealing with our offenders, and providing opportunities for positive change in behavior.
- Provided forensic training to our staff assigned to work with the sex offender population. This training allows staff to gather immediate information on what offenders are doing with their computers and cell phones. This training was utilized in December 2012 as compliance searches were conducted on 126 sex offenders residing in 32 communities across the state.
- We completed a workload study analysis. This information was used to identify where we were spending our time, and to direct focus onto supervision of high risk offenders.
- A comprehensive review and update was completed on our manual for Managing Non-Compliant Behavior. This manual is used to assist staff when dealing with offender violations of the terms of their supervision.
- Assisted with the development of a management system that is used to monitor placements of offenders in our residential facilities. The focus is to develop a strategy upon entry whereby expectations are defined and a projected release date developed. The goal is to more efficiently and effectively move offenders through the facilities and reduce costs associated with these placements.
- With the increasing number of violent offenders under supervision, we have trained and equipped staff with tasers.
- The Department was part of a multi-agency effort to sponsor the 2nd Chance Career Fair in Fargo/Moorhead on May 1, 2013. The effort was designed to assist people who deal with various barriers to finding employment. There were 25 employers that participated, and 362 job seekers attended the Fair.