Probation is a sentencing option for the court, which can be imposed in lieu of jail or prison time. Probation can be granted for a variety of offenses and can range from several months to several years. During a probation term, the officer attempts to work with the client and create goals toward identified risks and needs. The officer assists the client in making positive behavior changes, which enables them to become productive and contributing members of their community.
There are occasions when a client has been convicted of a crime in Pinal County but lives in another county within Arizona. In that instance, we can request a transfer of supervision, either as a courtesy or as a full transfer, to that county. The receiving county must approve the transfer and there are fees and paperwork associated with the transfer. Likewise, Pinal County Adult Probation may supervise clients who have been convicted in other counties but reside in Pinal County.
Sex Client Supervision
Specialized caseloads that provide enhanced management of sex clients and promote positive behavioral change, manage risk, prevent further victimization, and enhance community safety. Supervising sex clients requires the supervision officers to work closely with the treatment providers and law enforcement.
Minimum Assessed Risk Supervision (MARS)
This is the lowest level of supervision and it is intended for low-risk clients. The client will meet with probation staff following sentencing and are required to fulfill their responsibilities as ordered by the Court. The caseload is monitored and most correspondence with the client is by phone, email, or mail.
Like the intercounty transfers, there are clients who are sentenced in Pinal County but live in another state. Transfers to those states can be processed through Interstate Compact under strict rules and processes. There is an application process and the receiving state must complete an investigation and verify the plan of supervision. Much like intercounty cases, Adult Probation may supervise a client who has been convicted in another state. Additional information regarding interstate transfers can be accessed through the Interstate Compact client Tracking System (ICOTS).
Drug Court is a specially designed criminal court that brings together judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, treatment providers, and probation staff in a collaborative effort to address the client's underlying substance use disorder and enforce compliance with court orders. The Pinal County Drug Court is modeled after nationally recognized Drug Court principles. Interventions include lengthy court-monitored treatment, individual and group counseling, regular attendance at self-help meetings, mandatory and periodic drug and alcohol testing, community supervision, and the use of appropriate positive and negative responses, and habilitation services.
Mental Health Treatment Court
Mental health court was developed in response to the overrepresentation of people with mental illnesses in the criminal system. Contact with the criminal justice system has significant negative consequences for anyone who is subject to arrest, booking, and incarceration. It can be doubly traumatic for people with mental illnesses, and the resulting criminal justice process can impede their access to mental health services. Oftentimes, defendants with mental illness cycle repeatedly through courtrooms, jails, and prisons that fail to adequately address their needs. Mental Health Treatment Courts (MHTC) were established to improve outcomes for offenders with mental illness in the criminal justice system by combining judicial supervision with community mental health treatments.