Adult Services

Duties & Responsibilities
The Nicollet County Probation Department's adult caseload responsibilities involve
supervision of all court assigned adult misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor offenders and felony offenders in our pretrial release program and preparation of domestic abuse investigations. Other responsibilities include:
  • Bail evaluations
  • Casework documentation including completion of all required reports
  • Chemical assessments
  • Direct supervision of probation cases
  • Pre-sentence investigations
Pretrial Conditional Release Program
The Pretrial Conditional Release Program was fully developed and started in 2006. Any client who is placed on pretrial conditional release with conditions is placed in this program and their conditions are monitored. These include offenders arrested for felony, gross misdemeanor, or misdemeanor offenses.
 
Pretrial Bail Evaluations
Nicollet County Probation completes pretrial bail evaluations on in-custody defendants who have been charged with an offense that is considered a felony, gross misdemeanor, or misdemeanor level crime of violence in Minnesota. The pretrial bail evaluation is completed prior to the defendant's initial appearance in court. The evaluation contains information about the defendant and a screening scale that is helpful to the district court judge in determining the defendant's risk to him/herself or the community. The pretrial evaluation also provides information to the District Court to set effective conditions of release and a recommendation for a bond amount.
 
Intensive Supervision and Treatment (ISAT) Program
We received a grant in July 1993 as 1 of 10 pilot projects for intensive supervision programs for repeat DWI offenders. We operate this program with Addiction Recovery Technologies in St. Peter as the provider for treatment services. The program is based upon high levels of supervision and support for clients who have failed many previous programs. Random drug testing and up to 4 times per week personal contacts with the offenders are parts of this program.
 
Electronic Surveillance Program
Electronic Monitoring & House Arrest
We have utilized some of the newest technologies in the field of corrections for approximately 16 years as alternatives to jail sentences, as well as add-on sanctions for probation supervision. All individuals participating in the ISAT Program will have some period of time on electronic monitoring and house arrest.
 
Remote Electronic Alcohol Monitoring (REAM)
This is another technology that has been made available to the field of corrections in which individuals can be checked for alcohol use by having a device connected to the land line telephone at their home. We are using REAM extensively for pretrial release offenders and are using it in conjunction with electronic monitoring and house arrest for some sentenced offenders who are doing the combination in lieu of a jail sentence.
 
Drug Testing
Drug testing has been incorporated into our services for the past 16 years through means of PBTs, urine analysis collection with lab confirmation, as well as instant urine tests.  
 
MADD Panel
Staff have taken an active role in the local Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Minnesota Chapter and have been instrumental in offering a Victim Impact Panel beginning in 1995 for those offenders convicted of DWI. A client must be pre-registered to attend this program.
 
Sentence to Service (STS)
We have a full-time county run program to provide sentencing alternatives to the court.  Additionally, worthwhile projects are completed throughout the county. The adult STS crew completed 8,376 hours in 2010.
 
Cognitive Skills Classes
Staff in the department have been trained to facilitate an 18-week cognitive Skills Class for both adults and juveniles. This program operates through a curriculum, "Thinking for a Change," which helps assist offenders in examining and correcting thinking errors.
 
Project Nighthawk
Project Nighthawk joins probation officers and law enforcement in partnership to ensure compliance of court orders through random home visits to hold clients accountable to probation and pre-trial release conditions such as drug and alcohol testing and curfew.

Driving With Care Program
Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Safety Education - Level II Education is a 12-session, 24-hour education program for impaired driving offenders who have at least minimal indicators of past problems with alcohol or other drug use or misuse and whose arrest alcohol concentration was at the impaired driving level. Level II Education helps offenders to understand how problem behaviors are learned and how those behaviors are strengthened. They become able to develop strategies and skills needed in order to change their thinking so they may change their actions and prevent future DWIs.