This is a list of Probation Programs offered in Jackson County. To show additional information on a specific program, click the title. To hide the additional information, click the title a second time.
Presentence Report appointments are scheduled by support staff in the Justice Center office so that defendants can leave Court and immediately schedule their appointment without leaving the building. Interviews are conducted at the Oak Street address, which is only two blocks from the Justice Center.
Probation Officers who are assigned to conduct pre-sentence investigations and write reports for the Court collect offense data, criminal history and other background information about the defendant, victim impact statements, and verify and evaluate that information so that a recommendation regarding sentencing can be made to the Court. A formal report is prepared and delivered to the Court, the District Attorney and the defendant or defense attorney at least three days before sentencing.
Higher risk felony offenders may be sentenced to or supervised by one of the following specialized programs:
Adult Intensive Supervision
Sex Offender Intensive Supervision, or
Female Offender Program
Probation Officers who supervise these cases have special training to equip them to work with these more difficult defendants in ways that support community safety. Caseloads are relatively small, and Officers make office and field contacts, both personal and collateral, to verify compliance and support positive change. Probation Officers supervising specialized caseloads are located in Ft. Collins at the Justice Center and at the Loveland Police and Courts building. Offenders on specialized caseloads may be subject to electronic home monitoring or global positioning monitoring, depending on the dynamics of the case.
Most felony and misdemeanor offenders sentenced to supervised probation are assigned to a general caseload. Probation Officers supervising these cases have larger caseloads and must routinely assess the risk of each offender to determine the level of supervision necessary, given their need to manage many offenders efficiently. Officers also monitor offender compliance with treatment or other special conditions ordered by the Court. Officers assigned to supervise regular caseloads work from offices in both the Justice Center in Ft. Collins and the Loveland Police and Courts Building.
Lower risk offenders on probation may be referred to a private entity under contract to the Probation Department for supervision services. Defendants remain under the jurisdiction of the Probation Department, but are supervised by employees of the private service provider.
Juveniles placed on probation supervision by the Court are supervised by Probation Officers who generally only supervise youth. Probation Officers may supervise primarily sexually abusive youth or higher risk Juvenile Intensive Supervision cases. Regular juvenile caseloads consist of juveniles who have committed varied offenses and are assessed as high, medium or low risk to reoffend. More emphasis is placed on the supervision of higher risk youth. Generally, cases are assigned to Probation Officers based upon the school the probationer attends, with Officers working from both the Justice Center in Ft. Collins and the Loveland Police and Courts Building.
At the direction of the Court, some juveniles on probation may be supervised through organizations other than the Probation Department.
Probation Officers assigned to the Alcohol and Drug Driving Safety program conduct pre and post sentence evaluations to determine the level of treatment required of those convicted of alcohol or drug related driving offenses. Following sentencing, Officers monitor each defendant’s compliance with mandated treatment and other consequences ordered by the Court.
A number of Probation Officers are assigned to provide case supervision and management for offenders who are determined to be eligible and who elect to participate in either the Adult or Juvenile Drug Court conducted in the District Court. Probation Officers serve on the multi-disciplinary team that works closely with the Judicial Officer to support sobriety and integrate substance abuse treatment with the criminal justice process. Probation Officers assigned to the Drug Courts are housed in the Justice Center in Ft. Collins and also work at the Loveland office by appointment.
Victim services are offered consistent with the Colorado Victim Rights Amendment. Victims of specified crimes are notified of the defendant's sentence to probation and are invited to request notification of significant events during the period of probation. Victims who request notification or who contact the Department for information receive assistance through the department's Victim Assistance Coordinator. In addition, the department conducts periodic informational meetings with families of victims of sexual crimes.