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Adult Probation & Parole Department

In 1996, in order to enhance Intermediate Punishment programming, the Department adopted a Restorative Justice philosophy to develop competencies and accountability in the offenders under supervision. Efforts at improving established programming and developing new services continues.

The following projects represent those efforts:

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Alcohol Highway Safety Project

This project is Court-operated, supervised and administered by the department to deal with Driving Under the Influence offenders. The four components are: evaluation and screening via the Court Reporting Network Evaluation (CRN); operation of the Alcohol Highway Safe-Driving School; community information and education; assistance to law enforcement, government and court-related agencies to improve techniques to identify and apprehend problem alcohol and drug abusers who drive in Lehigh County.

The Department continues in its efforts to alert the public to the dangers of drinking and driving through presentations at local community organizations, agencies and schools. This includes lectures, displays and distribution of information. The Department also coordinates efforts with area student organizations providing information to their fellow students.

The Interlock Ignition Program involves the installation of a device on the vehicle, where detection of alcohol prohibits the vehicle from starting. Interlock is a main component of the DUI Repeat Offender Project, in which the department provides early and increased levels of treatment, education supervision and surveillance of repeat Driving Under the Influence offenders. Included are classroom instruction, outpatient counseling, electronic monitoring and substance abuse testing.

Community Work Service Project

This program allows offenders to provide volunteer services to agencies and organizations as a condition of probation, Intermediate Punishment, parole, ARD, or in lieu of fines.

Competency/Accountability Programs

The Department has entered into interagency agreements with local support service organizations to provide on and off-site instruction to offenders, based on needs areas assessed upon their assignment to supervision.

Financial Management

Offenders are instructed in budgeting, checking, and welfare reform.

Job Readiness Training

Education and training is provided to offenders in an effort to help them develop positive, self-directed strategies which are conducive to securing employment. Unemployed/under-employed clients who are under supervision are targeted for this program. Offenders may move in and out depending on their job status. The program consists of on-going classes discussing such topics as: basic job hunting skills, how to look for job openings, job hunting steps, interviewing, resumes, etc.

Anger Management

An offender ordered to attend this type of programming should consult with their supervising probation/parole officer for which community agency would best suit their need.

Parenting and Relationships

An offender ordered to attend this type of programming should consult with their supervising probation/parole officer for which community agency would best suit their need.

Retail Theft Rehabilitation

Offenders attend this three-hour class, which attempts to deter offenders from committing subsequent acts, reinforcing merchants and consumers. The Court, Adult and Juvenile Probation, Magisterial District Judges and local merchants provide referrals to the class.

Substance Abuse Education/Health Education Awareness

This is a joint effort between the Adult Probation and Parole Department and community agencies, providing evaluation and education to using and abusing offenders. Various topics are presented to clients including: Tuberculosis, HIV Education, Universal Precautions/Hepatitis, and Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Educational Opportunities / Internships

The Department offers an internship program to graduate and undergraduate students to complete their internships as part of their educational program. Students are exposed to all aspects of the department's organization. For student internship application information, please contact Mark Surovy , Deputy Chief at (610) 782-3569 or via email.

Electronic Monitoring

The Department provides electronic monitoring supervision for those offenders as an alternative to incarceration. Offenders may be ordered to the program as an intermediate punishment, as a condition of early release or furlough from prison, as an intermediate graduated sanction for violation of community supervision requirements, or on bail supervision.

Offenders are monitored by a system of surveillance called global positioning. The probation officer is notified of any violations such as leave alerts. Field visits and surveillance are integral components of the program, as is random field testing.

Intensive Drug Supervision Unit

The Department initiated an in-house drug testing program in 1989. Supervision of offenders who have severe substance-abuse problems on an intensive basis increases surveillance, thus adding to the safety and protection of the community. Offenders benefited from the unit's services through identification and counseling/treatment.

In-House Drug Testing Program

The Department initiated an in-house drug-testing program in 1988 to detect possible illegal drug use by offenders. The Department uses the OnTrak Teststik system, which is advantageous because offenders know they can be tested by probation officers with immediate results in their presence. This has led many offenders to admit to drug use prior to the testing procedure. Officers have the capability to test for the following: marijuana, cocaine, opiates, amphetamines, and alcohol. Tests are administered either in the field or in the office.

Special Program for Offenders in Rehabilitation and Education

More commonly known as S.P.O.R.E., this program continues to provide services for the mentally ill offenders. Probation officers and mental health workers jointly supervise offenders. A psychiatrist and psychologist are available for consultations and evaluations.

Treatment Continuum Alternative Project (TCAP)

This is a grant-funded project which utilize the resources of the Adult Probation and Parole Department and a licensed inpatient treatment program to administer a 34 month continuum of care to level 3 and 4 substance-abusing offenders. The continuum is comprised of residential treatment followed by residing at a halfway home environment. The offender may then attend intensive outpatient and outpatient treatment while also being electronically monitored. Intensive probation supervision is conducted followed by a final 12 months of supervision.

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