Probation Department Overview
The Fairfield County Municipal Court Probation Department oversees all persons placed on probation as the result of criminal and/or traffic charges. Defendants who are ordered to complete probation are given sentences with terms ranging from one to five years of Community Control. Defendants are placed on one of the following levels of probation; Non-Reporting, Reporting, Intensive Supervised Probation (ISP), or could be placed into one of our Specialized Dockets, Drug Court, known as the "Fresh Start Program" and Mental Health Court, with the average Probation Department caseload totaling over 6,000 cases annually.
The Probation Department is committed to changing the lives of those who find themselves in need of some positive direction in their lives. Whether this direction is a link to services within the community that could give them a helping hand or services that could change the direction their lives are taking, the Probation Department is committed to making a difference. It is the belief of the Judges and the Probation Staff that positive direction in changing offender behavior through proven evidence based practices will help the betterment of the community in general by showing the benefits of what being a positive, productive member of society can be.
What is the community service program?
In 2005, the Court launched a new twist to the Community Service program. The program itself has been revamped, and it is the desire of the Court to expand our reach further into the community. The Court wishes for the Community Service Program to serve as an aggressive way for the probationers to pay back to the community for the crimes that they have committed. We have been excited to focus our attention to City Departments, Schools, and Non-Profit Organizations.
The Court also realizes that budgets are tight and manpower is sometimes stretched thin; projects are sometimes put on the back burner for lack of both. The Court would like to ease some of these constraints by having the probationers provide assistance with painting, picking up litter, sweeping, or any other jobs such as these that take time to complete but still need to be done.
Currently we are running a Saturday program, and we have a Probation Officer that will come and provide supervision. However, if you have something that could be done through the week as well, we would be more than happy to arrange this also; however, an Officer would only be available to come on Saturday.