ADULT PROBATION DEPARTMENT
Operating under the Office of the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, the Adult Probation Department administers a wide range of programs covering both standard and specialized probation supervision and pretrial and presentence services. Through its programs, the Adult Probation Department provides the court with pertinent information at many stages of the criminal justice process, enhances public safety, compensates victims of crime and holds offenders accountable while affording them opportunities to make positive changes in their lives.
The majority of Adult Probation Department resources are dedicated to probation supervision – a sentencing option in which offenders are required to comply with specific conditions of supervision while residing in the community. Department probation officers assist offenders in complying with their sentences through guidance, surveillance and referrals to service providers for treatment, education and employment training.
Each year probationers complete approximately 120,000 hours of community service. The Adult Probation Department receives nearly 14,000 new probation supervision cases annually and has an active caseload of approximately 25,000 probationers, 86% of whom have been sentenced for felony offenses. Approximately 88 percent of probationers are assigned to standard caseload supervision, while 12 percent are supervised in specialized programs designed for specific offender populations. These programs include the Adult Sex Offender Program, the Domestic Violence Intervention Unit, the Mental Health Unit and Mental Health Court, the Gang Intervention Unit, Intensive Probation Supervision, the Intensive Drug Program, Cook County’s Drug Treatment courts, and the POWER Program designed specifically for female offenders.
Through its pretrial services unit, the department supervises more than 8,000 defendants released on bond each year. The department also conducts pre-bond interviews to assist the courts in making decisions about bond/pretrial supervision and prepares presentence reports to assist the courts in making decisions about sentencing.
The department’s Home Confinement Unit monitors curfews of individuals on probation and pretrial supervision through field visits and telephone calls and monitors certain domestic violence offenders using Global Positioning System technology.
Established in 1911, the Adult Probation Department is the largest probation agency in Illinois and the largest probation agency in the United States accredited by the American Correctional Association. The Department operates out of 15 office locations and has approximately 550 employees.