Guernsey County Adult Probation Department
Guernsey County Courthouse
801 E. Wheeling Avenue, Suite D-100
Cambridge, Ohio 43725
The Adult Probation Department supervises offenders who have been convicted of felony offenses by the Guernsey County Common Pleas Court, as well as defendants awaiting trial/sentencing.
The Chief Probation Officer oversees daily operations of the probation department and commands a staff comprised of five probation officers, a Pre-Sentence Investigation Officer and an Assignment Commissioner.
The E.M.H.A. (Electronic Monitor House Arrest) Program Director/E.M.H.A. Officer/Pretrial Release Officer supervises offenders who have been indicted, are on bond and awaiting sentencing. Offenders are monitored on a weekly basis until their sentencing hearing. Offenders are required to submit to urinalysis screenings, checks of the residence, abide by curfew and the standard conditions of Pre-Trial Release &/or E.M.H.A. Offenders placed on E.M.H.A. are confined to an approved residence and must provide verification of any movement outside of the residence.
The ISP (Intensive Supervised Probation)/C.A.R.E. (Court Assisted Recovery & Education Program) Program Director manages the administration of the both programs, which have a shared mission of providing intensive supervision to non-violent offenders while providing services to reduce criminogenic risk, address identified needs and evidenced to change offender behavior.
The C.A.R.E. Program provides non-violent, chemically dependent offenders and those who have a high likelihood of becoming chemically dependent with the necessary tools and life skills to engage in a pro-social, alcohol & drug free lifestyle. Participants submit to frequent breath and urinalysis testing, home checks, attend monthly review hearings before the Judge, attend 12 step meetings, complete community service work and receive counseling and cognitive behavioral treatment. The C.A.R.E. Officer acts as a treatment coordinator and attends regular meetings with local service providers as well as teleconferences with community based correction facilities and inpatient treatment facilities where participants are placed. The C.A.R.E. Officer also supervises offenders granted Intervention In Lieu of Conviction by the Court, including those with mental health treatment needs. Such offenders must abide by standard conditions of supervision for a period of 1-3 years as determined by the Judge and are given the opportunity to have their case dismissed without felony conviction if they successfully complete their supervision.
The ISP Program offers a viable sentencing alternative to prison placements focusing on evidence based rehabilitation within the community, for non-violent, higher risk, lower level felony offenders, in accordance with H.B. 86. The ISP program is administered under the Community Corrections Act Grant, which is overseen by the Judge of the Common Pleas Court, with the assistance of the Program Director and Chief Probation Officer. Offenders are generally placed on ISP for one year and are required to abide by conditions of ISP, including frequent reporting, breath and urinalysis testing, home checks, curfew, payment of court ordered financial obligations, community service work, residential &/or outpatient treatment, and attendance of 12 step meetings or educational classes if applicable. Offenders may transition to basic supervision upon completion of identified case plan goals & meeting the conditions of ISP.
Offenders placed on Basic supervision must abide by standard conditions of supervision and any additional orders of the court and may be supervised by any of the department’s six probation officers. Offender reporting schedules are generally determined by individual risk level and compliance and are typically less frequent and intensive than the ISP and C.A.R.E. programs.
The Director of PSI Services completes presentence investigations ordered by the Court. The Court reviews investigations prior to sentencing to aid in appropriately sentencing offenders. The investigation is a detailed report compiled of details of the offense, the offender’s version, the victim’s version, the offender’s juvenile and adult criminal history and traffic record as well as social, educational, military, employment, financial and physical/mental history. Probation Officers also complete pre-sentence investigations as ordered by the Court and assigned by the Director of PSI Services.
The Probation Department Assignment Commissioner assists in day to day operations within the department, is the Fiscal Officer for the ISP/EMHA Programs and Community Corrections Act Grant and the Restitution/Supervision Fee Clerk. Restitution is collected and disbursed to victims of the offenders’ crimes by way of Court Order and supervision fees are utilized to help defray the cost of supervising offenders.