Probation is a sentencing alternative to incarceration. It permits the offender to remain in the community with the supervision of a Probation Officer and subject to rules of conduct set by the judge. Violation, either by the commission of a new crime, or by failure to adhere to the conditions of probation, can result in a revocation of probation and incarceration.
During the probationary period, the probation officer maintains contact with t he offender to insure compliance and provides rehabilitative assistance, such as finding housing, employment, counseling and social services. The probation officer is responsible for achieving both major goals of corrections -- protection of the public and rehabilitation of the offender.
Derick R. Morey, Specialty Court Coordinator/Probation Officer
The mission of the 55th Judicial District Treatment Courts (DUI and Drug) is to reduce recidivism by facilitating treatment and increased supervision of moderate to severe alcohol/substance users, as opposed to incarcerating them. The goal is to return recovering and sober individuals to the community with an improved quality of life who are better equipped to maintain their recovery, thereby having a positive impact on and improving the community as a whole.
Raymond Morales, Juvenile Probation Officer
Potter County Trailblazers program was established by former Potter County Chief Probation Officer Gary A. Buchanan under the direction of the late Judge Perry S. Patterson. In its initial phase, Trailblazers was designed to maintain a portion of the Susquehannock Trail System. Trailblazers was developed under the Pennsylvania Juvenile Act, wherein a court is authorized to direct the participation of a juvenile in a program of service or education where the delinquent is paid at least minimum wage and must pay up to 75% of earnings toward restitution. Trailblazers was formulated in conjunction with the Potter County Office of Children and Youth Services. Juveniles determined to be delinquent and dependent, and considered to be in an at risk situation, are afforded the opportunity or are directed to participate.
|It was the initial intent of the Trailblazers program to:
Provide youthful offenders an opportunity to fulfill at least a portion of the financial and/or community service obligation.
Afford youths opportunity to develop a positive work ethic while reducing idle hours.
Allow the youth an opportunity to foster a relationship with a youthful positive role model.
|These original goals have since merged with the Balanced and Restorative Justice principles adopted by the Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judge Commission, which provide for:
|In addition to court-ordered youths, referrals are received from the Probation Department, Office of Children, Youth and Families, school districts, law enforcement agencies and other agencies.
Since its inception the scope of services performed by the Trailblazers has expanded to park maintenance, care and construction, and maintenance of nature and education trails developed by school districts. The crews have undertaken responsibility for the beautification of the "welcome" signs along highways and participation in construction of wildlife and fisheries habitat.
Other Probation Department Staff:
Danielle Gietler, Assistant Probation Administrator
Sarah Yates, Secretary/Clerk
Scott O. Clark, CYS, Truancy
Kyla Snyder, Community Service Coordinator
Community Service is an alternative sentencing aid available to the court with two objectives. First, it holds the offender accountable for his or her actions by requiring unpaid labor, symbolically paying back the community. It also provides free assistance to government and public non-profit community-based organizations. Through Community Service, offenders may gain work experience and are able to accomplish worthwhile tasks, while agencies and organizations also benefit.
Placements have included: Austin Baseball Fields, Potter County Anglers Club, Community Blood Bank, Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, Arboretum, Coudersport Sewage Plant, Austin United Methodist Church, Lions Club Recycling Center, Potter County Visitors Assn., Maple Festival, Redwood Village, Galeton First Baptist Church, Galeton Library, Galeton Senior Center, Genesee Library, Genesee Township, Genesee Park, Genesee Volunteer Fire Department, Potter County Human Services, Roulette Volunteer Fire Department, Black Forest Conservation Association, Roulette Township, LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve, Shinglehouse Rod and Gun Club, Shinglehouse Baseball, Shinglehouse Senior Center, Penn-York Camp, Ulysses Borough, Ulysses Senior Center, DCNR, American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity and others.
More information on applying for community service workers is available from the Community Service Coordinator (contact information above).