Probation & Court Services - Seth Krause, Director

Probation

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Standard Adult Probation
Officers conduct all court ordered investigations, evaluations, and reports and supervise probationers according to standards set by the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts. The standard officer places their highest priority on maintaining contacts with defendants, which are satisfied by office visits and supplemented with visits into the community enforcing case plans.

Standard Juvenile Probation
Officers conduct a comprehensive Social History Investigation which includes recommendations for the Court. After sentencing, court ordered conditions are incorporated into each supervision plan, and each case is classified as to the intensity of supervision required. Contacts are then made with the minor, his/her family, school, and appropriate community agencies according to the level of supervision prescribed. Officers are responsible to the court to hold minors accountable for successfully completing their probation or supervision without reoffending.

Specialized DUI
The Specialized DUI Program is designed to monitor the high-risk repeat offender. Cases are evaluated as being either chemically dependent or having a prior DUI conviction within a five year period. The DRIVE group continues to be an active component of the DUI Program. The purpose of the group is to educate and motivate the DUI offender to acceptance of change through interaction with other offenders, training exercises, and guest speakers.

Specialized Drug Probation
Specialized Drug Probation (SDP) is a structured, treatment-oriented program for chemically dependent adult offenders. The SDP officers work in close conjunction with treatment providers across the county and refer those in need to the proper treatment facility.

Juvenile Diversion
Illinois statutes allow for the practice of diverting certain first time offenders from the formal court process. This option requires cooperation from all parties who must sign an agreement for the minor to be assigned a period of informal supervision, with conditions for, up to one year. This allows the juvenile who completes the Diversion successfully to avoid a juvenile court record.

Low Risk Adult Caseload
Low Risk and Administrative Caseload (LRAC) supervises two types of adult defendants – those that are a low risk to reoffend and those that reside outside of McHenry County. Defendants that are assessed as low risk were assessed using an evidence-based risk assessment tool. Defendants that reside outside of McHenry County could have their supervision transferred to their home county.

Moral Reconation Therapy
Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT), is a cognitive behavioral treatment strategy that focuses on a step-by-step approach towards behavioral modification. Clients in MRT receive a workbook that they complete as they work through the program. MRT consists of sixteen steps, where participants present their work to the group/and or facilitators in order to complete each step. Clients in MRT complete the group at different rates, depending on how fast they work through all of the steps.

Times/Days

Juvenile Group Tuesdays 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Crystal Lake
Men's Groups Tuesdays 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Woodstock
Thursdays 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Men's Groups (ages 17-24) Thursdays 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Woodstock
Women's Group Wednesdays 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Woodstock

Intakes are scheduled prior to attending group with an MRT facilitator.