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.
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 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.
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 since 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.
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 pretrial release conditions such as drug and alcohol testing and curfew.