627 N. State St.
Stanton, MI 48888
Fax (989) 831-7388
Function of the Circuit Court Probation Department
We are State of Michigan employees with the Michigan Department of Corrections and are located within the Montcalm County Court Complex. Our primary functions consist of completing Pre-Sentence Investigation Reports for the court and monitoring the behavior of adult offenders who are placed on community supervision.
Prior to sentencing, the Field Agents complete investigations and prepare Pre-Sentence Investigation Report for the court. This report contains specific information about each offender including family history, employment history criminal history and substance abuse history. This information is then used to formulate sentencing recommendations for the court.
We also supervise offenders in the community who have been placed on community supervision by the court. Parolees who have been released from prison to a term of parole after serving at least their minimum sentence are also supervised in our office. The primary goal of this community supervision for both probationers and parolees is to ensure public safety while promoting offender success. This is accomplished by enforcing the specific conditions of supervision such as substance abuse testing/treatment, mental health counseling, employment, education…etc. Offenders are expected to pay fines, costs, restitution and a supervision fee to the county and the state. Regular reports are completed by the Field Agents providing updates on the offender’s progress.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What is parole? A: It is community supervision of offenders released from prison. The rules and conditions of parole are governed by the State of Michigan and the Parole Board. The terms and length of parole is set by the Parole Board and most commonly runs for 24 months. Local field agents monitor and enforce the conditions of parole while the parolee is in the community.
Q: What is probation? A: It is community supervision of offenders who have been ordered by the Circuit Court to comply with specific conditions. The Circuit Court Judge imposes a sentence that can consist of jail, tether, community service, probation or any combination of these. If the offender is placed on probation, the Judge determines the conditions which the offender must obey. The Judge also establishes any fines, costs, and restitution that the offender must pay. Field Agents from the probation office supervise the offenders and monitor their compliance with the terms of probation while in the community. The sentencing judge is responsible for making any decisions regarding the offender's status.
Q: What is electronic monitoring and how does it work? A: Electronic Monitoring can consist of curfew monitoring (tether), GPS monitoring, and alcohol monitoring. Curfew monitoring is a system that monitors when an offender is in their residence and enforces a specific curfew. The offender is only allowed out of their residence for specific times/purposes. Global Positioning (GPS) is used to track the current and past locations specific offenders in the community. Finally, alcohol monitoring (SCRAM) is used to monitor the offender’s consumption of alcohol 24/7. These forms of monitoring are intensive forms of community supervision and are usually used in lieu of additional incarceration.