Jim Elder, Bureau Chief
Michael Records, Deputy Bureau Chief
Probation and Parole Officers in the state of Delaware have a unique role of helping to protect public safety, while also helping people involved in the criminal justice system in the community address their unique needs.
The below-listed levels of supervision, types of supervision, services, and programs assists Probation and Parole Officers in the work.
LEVELS OF SUPERVISION
Administrative Supervision – Level I
Level I is the lowest level of community supervision. People on this level are either Court-ordered or have been assessed as having a low level of criminogenic needs. Most people assigned to this level are required to pay Court-ordered financial obligations, including restitution, and/or must complete/comply with Court-ordered special conditions.
Probation and Parole – Level II
Level II is the standard Probation and Parole supervision program. People on Level II supervision are required to have regular contact with their Probation Officer, which assists in the collaboration of addressing their unique criminogenic needs and the fulfillment of Court-ordered obligations. Supervision involves direct contact through office visits, home visits, and collateral contacts.
Intensive Supervision – Level III
Level III is considered an intensive level of supervision. People on Level III supervision are required to have frequent contact with their Probation Officer and abide by a daily curfew, which assists in the collaboration of addressing their unique criminogenic needs and the fulfillment of Court-ordered obligations. Supervision involves direct contact through office visits, home visits, and collateral contacts.
House Arrest Program – Level IV
House Arrest is the highest level of community-based supervision. Within this Court-ordered program, people are restricted to an approved residence in which there is continuous electronic and/or direct surveillance and monitoring of Court-ordered obligations. Supervision involves direct contact through office visits, home visits, and collateral contacts.
Probation and Parole has specialized supervision of certain populations, including Sex Offenders and Domestic Violence Offenders, amongst others. The supervision of people within these specialized units is designed to meet the unique criminogenic needs of the people being supervised.
Electronic Monitoring – Level IV
In an effort to enhance the supervision of certain people in the community, the Division of Probation and Parole utilizes various forms of electronic monitoring equipment. The use of some of this equipment is Court-ordered; while in other cases it is mandated by Delaware Code. Two examples of electronic monitoring currently utilized by Probation and Parole are GPS and Alcohol Monitoring Devices. All Tier 3 Sex Offenders sentenced to a term of probation must participate in GPS Supervision, in which these people are tracked 24 hours a day/7 days a week. People supervised for certain crimes are mandated by law to wear Alcohol Monitoring Devices and other people are Court-ordered to wear the same equipment.
Pretrial Services provides the courts with bail recommendations based on screening interviews with newly arrested and detained individuals. Community supervision is also provided on individuals as ordered by the courts to Pretrial Supervision. Progress while under supervision is documented and provided to the courts as needed.
Probation and Parole Work Programs
In an effort to satisfy Court-ordered special conditions related to community service hours and/or to assist in the payment of certain Court-ordered financial obligations, some people will be referred to Probation and Parole’s Work Programs. Some people are referred directly from the Court, while others are referred by a Probation Officer. People involved in this program perform various types of community service at local non-profit organizations in order to fulfill their specific requirements.
Violation of Probation Centers
There are two Violation of Probation Centers.