Adult Probation Department provides pre- and post-sentence services to individuals as directed by the Common Pleas Court Judges. This department has specialized services as noted below.
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.
Adult Drug Court Program
In December 2016, the Adult Drug Court Program was officially certified by the Supreme Court of Ohio with Judge Ian B. English as Presiding Judge. The Lucas County Adult Drug Court was created as a specialized docket to address the needs of participants with a substance use disorder which resulted in a criminal conviction or multiple overdoses.
The Drug Court establishes accountability, effective treatment as an alternative to incarceration and provides intensive Court and probation oversight to increase the safety of the community. Drug Court is a minimum of 18 month program and, since its inception, has served an average of 75 participants at a time. As of September 2019, there have been 23 graduates.
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 Epictetus 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...