Staffed by 4 state sworn probation officers, the Compliance Program was developed in 1995 with 3 goals:
To better utilize judicial and prosecution resources
To create a safer community by monitoring certain individuals in the court system to ensure compliance with the Court’s orders
To increase the collection rate on fines, fees, and cost
Training is mandatory during the first year of service and every officer is certified through the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts Probation Division.
Duties & Responsibilities
The Compliance Program monitors all non-probationary cases of individuals who are placed on court supervision or required to successfully complete the terms of a court order within a given time frame. An officer will conduct a one-time intake interview with offenders at the completion of the case. During this interview, the court’s final disposition order is carefully reviewed with the individual and the officer explains in detail what steps they need to complete in order to successfully comply with the conditions set forth in the order.
The officers continue to monitor the cases to ensure compliance. If non-compliance is verified, a letter is sent to inform the defendant that he/she has a specified number of days to comply before the state’s attorney’s office or prosecuting attorney is notified of non-compliance. The unit’s caseload averages over 7,900 individuals on any given day.
Training & Procedures
Additionally, the unit initiates electronic orders and faxes to expedite processes and reduce costs. Staff members also participate in a number of training courses to enhance their skills, including Motivational Interviewing, Customer Service, and training to use the Illinois Law Enforcement Agencies Data System (LEADS).