The objective of the investigation and report is to provide the court with relevant and reliable information, in a succinct, analytical presentation for decision-making. Also, to provide dispositional and regulatory agencies that are entitled to access with information for immediate and future decision-making purposes with respect to placement/incarceration, services and program delivery. These dispositional agencies shall include probation, local jails, Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS), and any other public institution or agency.
Criminal Court Investigation Types:
- Certificate of Relief from Disabilities: conducted to determine eligibility and to make a recommendation for suitability as to relief from disabilities or forfeitures or bars to employment automatically imposed by law at conviction.
- Pre-Plea: conducted prior to a finding of guilt. This investigation requires signed consent of all parties.
- Pre-Sentence: conducted post-conviction, but prior to sentence.
- Youthful Offender: conducted to determine eligibility and make a recommendation as to suitability for youthful offender treatment.
The goal of supervision is to rehabilitate the offender and protect the community. The Court imposes conditions of probation that must be fulfilled during the term of supervision. The conditions will vary from case to case and are determined according to the needs of each individual under supervision. Basic requirements include, reporting to probation as directed, remaining in the jurisdiction of the court, maintaining law abiding behavior and reporting any changes to employment or residency. Special conditions, can include, but are not limited to, participation in substance abuse, mental health or domestic violence treatment, abstinence from alcohol and drugs, payment of restitution/fines, community service and drug testing. You may also be prohibited from firearms possession and contact with disreputable persons. It is the responsibility of the assigned probation officer to monitor compliance with conditions and to notify the Court if conditions are violated. A sentence of probation is an alternative to incarceration. Therefore, if an individual violates the terms of their probation, their sentence can be revoked and the Court can resentence the defendant to a term of incarceration and/or other sanctions.
See Probation Supervision Pamphlet for more information.
- What can I expect after I am sentenced to probation?
- What can I expect at my initial reporting appointment?
- What do I do if I am sentence to probation but live in another county?
- What do I do if my conditions of probation include electronic monitoring?
- What do I do if my sentence includes intermittent incarceration?