Probation Supervision is a sentencing option for the Court instead of or in addition to jail or prison. The Court determines the conditions of the probation term, and Adult Probation ensures individuals have the necessary resources to comply with the conditions. Adult Probation also promotes responsibility and accountability and believes interactions with individuals on probation are opportunities to identify risks, assess needs, and target interventions for sustainable and positive behavioral change, which in return reduces criminal recidivism and provides for better, healthier communities.
Standard Probation Supervision
Standard Probation Supervision (SPS) varies based on the results of risk and need assessments and progress toward completion of behavioral goals.
Minimum Assessed Risk Supervision (MARS) is the lowest level of supervision and is intended for low-risk clients not actively working on behavioral goals. Most interaction is by phone, email, or mail. Certain offenses are ineligible for this level of supervision.
Intensive Probation Supervision
Intensive Probation Supervision (IPS) is a sentencing alternative for individuals who would otherwise have been incarcerated in the State Department of Corrections at initial sentencing or due to a violation of standard probation. IPS involves enhanced structure and expectations; however, progress through the various levels of IPS and reaching case plan goals results in reductions in supervision and eventually placement on standard supervision.
Specialty Courts are problem-solving court strategies designed to address the root causes of criminal activity by coordinating efforts of the judiciary, county attorney, public defender, probation, and treatment providers. Together they maintain a critical balance of authority, supervision, support, and encouragement. Specialty Court programs are rigorous, requiring frequent court appearances and structured phases of treatment and program services.
Specialized caseloads are a way to tailor supervision and better address the specific needs of people at a high risk of reoffending or who belong to particular populations. With these focused caseloads, officers can dedicate more time and attention to their cases while also applying targeted supervision and treatment strategies designed to reduce recidivism among their clients. Pinal County Adult Probation utilizes the following specialized caseloads: Serious Mental Illness/Mental Health, Sex Offender, Domestic Violence, and DOC Reentry.
When an individual is convicted in Pinal County but resides in another County, the Probation Department can request the county of residence to accept supervision as a courtesy or a complete transfer of jurisdiction. However, the receiving county must approve the transfer before the individual can return, and the individual on probation is subject to transfer fees. Likewise, Pinal County Adult Probation may supervise clients convicted in other counties but residing in Pinal County.
Like the intercounty transfers, some clients are sentenced in Pinal County but live in another state. Transfers to those states can be processed through Interstate Compact under strict rules and processes. There is an application process, and the receiving state must complete an investigation and verify the supervision plan. Much like intercounty cases, Adult Probation may supervise a client convicted in another state. Additional information regarding interstate transfers can be accessed through the Interstate Compact client Tracking System (ICOTS).