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.
Adult Recovery Court: Referral Form
Mid-Michigan Regional Mental Health Court: Referral Form
Mid-Michigan Regional Sobriety Court: Referral Form
Swift and Sure Sanction Probation Program: Referral Form
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What is parole?
A: Parole 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. Local field agents monitor and enforce the conditions of parole while the parolee is in the community.
Q: What is probation?
A: Probation 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 and others. 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 of specific offenders in the community. Finally, alcohol monitoring (SCRAM or Sobrietor) is used to monitor the offender’s consumption of alcohol. These forms of monitoring are intensive forms of community supervision and are usually used in lieu of additional incarceration.
Address: 627 N. State St., Stanton, MI 48888
Main Phone: (989) 831-7353
Fax: (989) 831-7388
|Office Phone||Cell Phone|
|Supervisor: Bonnie Steed||989-831-7351||989-304-1488||SteedB@michigan.gov|
|Secretary: Emily Hopkins||989-831-7448||HopkinsE1@michigan.gov|
|WPA: Karol Sanborn||989-831-7448|
|Vander Veen, Jill||989-831-7407||231-767-5684||VanderVeenJ2@michigan.gov|