The 38th District Court Probation Department is responsible for the supervision of all individuals placed on Probation by Judge Galen. Generally, there are 500 active cases. The staff consists of a Probation Officer and one volunteer. Probation officers investigate and supervise defendants who have not yet been sentenced to a term of incarceration.
A probation officer can perform any function assigned to him or her by the court. Their most common duties are to supervise offenders placed on supervision, and to investigate offender's personal and criminal history for the Court prior to sentencing.
The key role of probation is to monitor compliance with probation conditions and hold the offender accountable for any digression from their Court-ordered supervision. The monitoring of accountability and referral for service functions are critical components of what probation officers are expected to do. Reports, recommendations and court appearances are just the beginning of a probation officer's duties. Supervising offender’s whereabouts, associations and activities is another responsibility. Checking the offender's status at home, medical appointments or their place of employment to verify they are meeting all of the probationary requirements set forth is necessary.
Listed below is the 38th District Court monthly Probation Report Schedule:
A-D 1st Thursday
E-K 2nd Thursday
L-Q 3rd Thursday
R-Z 4th Thursday
Probation Department Frequently Asked Questions:
I missed a PBT/ had a late PBT
If you missed or had a late PBT, then you must get a PBT test at the 38TH District Court within 24 hours of your missed or late test. Please be aware a missed or late test is a probation violation and you may still be sanctioned for the violation depending on your case history.
I lost my PBT logs
Try your best to recreate your PBT log by going to your testing agency and asking them to verify your testing for the missing time period. Check your receipts. It is recommended that you get your sheet copied weekly at your testing agency or at the Court so there is an updated record on file.
I lost my AA/NA/Support Group logs
Try to recreate your sheet by going to the people at the meetings who signed your original sheet. You could also bring in a letter from your sponsor to verify your support group attendance.
You should make copies of your log sheets on a monthly basis so the court has a recent record on file.
I moved or changed my phone number
You must let the Court know of your new address or phone number as soon as possible upon any changes. You can call (586) 445-4009 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to have your information updated.
I lost my next probation appointment slip
You can call (586) 445-4009 and someone will assist you.
I report to probation once a month and missed my probation appointment
Failure to report to your appointment will result in a probation violation or a bench warrant being issued for your arrest.
I lost my referrals given in court (Not yet available)
What should I bring to my probation appointments?
You should bring all of your log sheets, any verification that you completed in a program, proof of address, and your last paycheck stub.
I’m having trouble making my assigned monthly payment
Failure to make your monthly payment is a violation of the court’s order. Should you find yourself in a position where you are unable to make your full payment you must notify your probation officer immediately and contact a representative from the collections department immediately at (586)200-3040.
The Mission of the 38th District Court Probation Department is to provide and/or refer offenders to programs that promote accountability, reduce criminal behavior and support an environment for change and rehabilitation, which, ultimately, will ensure the safety of the community.
Probation is used to protect the community through evidence-based practices, emphasizing rehabilitation and accountability of the offender. Probation gives the individual an opportunity to set new goals, examine current and past behaviors, and make the changes necessary to become a productive member of society. It can also be used as an alternative to a jail sentence, or when there is a need to address poor decision making, leading to criminal activity. Probation can be a period in which the Court keeps its sentencing options open and allows the defendant to prove that they can stay out of further difficulty and lead an acceptable lifestyle. Probation can also be very demanding, including requirements such as frequent reporting, drug and alcohol testing, restitution, community service, counseling, 12 step community support group meetings, education completion, and other services designed to promote self-growth. It can be more difficult than jail and is less expensive to the community than incarceration.
The probation department seeks to increase safety and reduce crime in the community through supervision of the offender. Probation Officers implement the terms and conditions of probation set forth at sentencing. They provide probationers with guidance on personal, financial, and related problems, but generally refer probationers to outside agencies for counseling. The probation officer may be required to assist the probationer in securing employment, entering school, or referring them to training to improve their work skills. They work with the offender to identify the reason(s) why the defendant became involved with the court system. It is the goal of the probation department to assist in rehabilitating the offender so they do not re-enter the criminal justice system.