Circuit Court Probation/Parole
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 felony and high-court misdemeanor offenders who are placed on community supervision.
Prior to sentencing, the field agents complete investigations and prepare pre-sentence investigation reports for the court. This report contains specific information about each offender including family 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 by agents in our office. The primary goal of 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, and restitution to the county and a supervision fee to the state. Regular reports are completed by the field agents providing updates on the offender’s progress.
In some cases, offenders are placed in a Specialty Court as part of their probation term to better serve their needs and aid in their success. Adult Recovery Court (ARC) is a program that aids offenders with substance (drug) use disorders. Mid-Michigan Regional Sobriety Court (MMRSC) is a program that aids offenders with substance (alcohol) use disorders. Mid-Michigan Regional Mental Health Court is a program that aids offenders in need of mental health services. Swift and Sure Sanction Probation Program (SSSPP) is a program offered in some cases for high-risk offenders in lieu of a prison sentence.
The following links provide referral forms for these specialty courts. Once a referral is submitted by a defense attorney or court staff, it will be reviewed by program officials and a determination and recommendation will be made to the court prior to sentencing.