Map To The Lucas County Adult Probation Department
Until September 14, 2016, a Presentence Investigation Report (PSI) was mandated by statute for all convicted felons prior to sentencing (which may include Community Control placement). Pursuant to OH HB123, however, effective September 14, 2016, the Court may proceed to sentencing without a PSI if the defendant and the prosecutor handling the case against the defendant agree to waive the Presentence Investigation Report. The Court is not bound by this agreement, and may order a Presentence Investigation Report, notwithstanding.
Investigative Probation Officers (8) are assigned court referred cases on a rotation basis. Each officer is responsible for the presentence interview with the defendant, compiling background, demographic and other verifiable information pertaining to the defendant. With the above information, a completed ORAS assessment, and court/police records, a written report is compiled, including a sentencing recommendation, and submitted to the Court based on a pre-set sentencing date. On an average, officers are given 4-6 weeks to complete a report on a defendant released on bond, and approximately 2 weeks to complete a report on a defendant in custody. (Note: The numbers below also reflect completed Intervention In Lieu of Conviction Reports).
Ohio Risk Assessment System
Pursuant to OH HB86, effective September 30, 2011, a single validated risk assessment tool shall be used for adult offenders. ODRC, with the help of the University of Cincinnati, created the Ohio Risk (of recidivism) Assessment System. The Court receives monies to support said program with the assistance of a Justice Reinvestment Probation Improvement Incentive Grant (PIIG). Chief intent was to better identify needs of offenders in the local community and accomplish the purposes and principles of sentencing, without imposing an unnecessary burden on the state or local government resources. The assessment is designed to identify not only risk of recidivism, but also high areas of need. The three officers whose positions are funded by the aforementioned Grant provide the Presentence Investigation Probation Officers with the results of this assessment, in an effort to provide them guidance in their sentencing recommendations to the Court.
Community Control - Caseload Supervision
Three units provide supervision of individuals who are placed on probation/community control in lieu of incarceration, as well as those granted Intervention In Lieu of Conviction. The Department's overall mission is to carry out court orders from the Lucas County Common Pleas Court, so as to provide protection to the community, and at the same time provide rehabilitation services to offenders.
Drug Court Program
After much planning and deliberation the Lucas County Common Pleas Court approved the development of two Lucas County Drug Court Dockets to be presided over by The Honorable Stacy L. Cook and The Honorable Ian B. English. In October 2015, a Drug Court Coordinator was hired and added to the ranks of the Adult Probation Department. Probation Officers, as funded by the State Grants, were identified with one being assigned to each Court respectively. On 3/9/2016, Lucas County received notice that the Lucas County Drug Courts had been officially pre-certified. Each Docket was fully staffed and operational on April 21, 2016. Both Judges Stacy L. Cook and Ian B. English were awarded final certification pursuant to Sup. R.36.26 effective 09/02/16 – 12/31/17. As of 12/31/2016, there were 48 active participants with 28 participants in Phase I and 20 participants in Phase II.
Other Specialized services include:
- Special Needs- caseloads include sex offenders, mentally disordered offenders, and substance abusing offenders.
- Forensic Monitor - supervision for clients identified as Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity/Conditional Release.
- Prison Diversion - goal is to reduce the number of ODRC commitments for offenders who have twelve months or less remaining on their reserved sentences.
- Day Reporting - provides the Thinking For a Change curriculum that is offered with the Correctional Treatment Facility's residential program on an outpatient basis. Also includes Epictitus curriculum.
- Community Service - coordination and tracking of all community service hours ordered by the Court.
- On Site Programming - services include Alcoholics Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous via meetings held at the department on a weekly basis. Also provides group therapy for those clients convicted of felony level sex offense by Harbor. GED instruction is also provided to clients by Penta at the Adult Probation Department..