The Amador County Probation Department provides sentencing reports to the Amador County Superior Court, offender supervision services including pretrial, direct programming to offenders and in partnership with the Amador County Sheriff's Office, alternative custody services. The Probation Department is also charged with the determination and collection of restitution for victims.
Officers provide offender supervision services in lieu of jail custody. Officers are charged with supervising offenders while they remain in the community. The goal is to manage offender behavior and offer services that are directly paired with offender need/risk. To achieve this goal, Officers administer an evidence based needs/risk assessment tool. The assessment tool assists Officers in making supervision decisions as well as making referrals to both county and community based organizations.
In December 2012, Officers began providing direct programming/services to offenders. Thinking for a Change is offered to adult offenders. The National Institute of Corrections Intergraded Cognitive Behavior Change Program has been proven to work in other jurisdictions across California and the United States. This program will be offered on a continual basis and has proven to reduce recidivism.
With the passage of the 2011 Public Safety Realignment Act, Amador County stakeholders determined, among other reforms and new programs, the Alternative Sentencing Program needed to be revamped to assist the local criminal justice system to handle realigned offenders. The Amador County Probation Department and the Amador County Sheriff's Office have partnered and changed the way offenders are allowed to serve their jail sentence. Offenders are assessed using an evidenced based assessment tool to assist Officers in making a determination if an offender qualifies to serve their jail sentence in an alternative manner. If qualified, offenders are allowed to serve their sentence by performing community service or by being monitored via a GPS unit strapped to their leg. Officers monitor offenders compliance and if/when warranted, offenders can/will be returned to jail custody.
Amador County stakeholders approved the use of realignment act funds to offer Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) for offenders under the supervision of the Probation Department. A Health and Rehabilitation Specialist from Amador County Heath and Human Services attended training offered by Correctional Counseling, INC. to deliver this program. MRT is the premiere cognitive-behavioral program for substance abuse treatment and for criminal justice offenders. MRT programs are used in 49 states. Correctional Counseling, Inc. developed MRT-based programming for individuals with chronic substance abuse problems, anger management and domestic violence issues.
The Amador County Probation Department has also partnered with the Amador County Library to provide the Probation Literacy Assistance Network or P.L.A.N. program. The Probation Department and Library Literacy Services Program have networked resources in this unique partnership to offer offenders the oppertunity to build a more constructive and successful furure for themselves.