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PROBATION TEAM

Probation is a sentencing alternative in which defendants aged 8 or over are supervised in the community by a Probation Officer.  The belief is that through efficient supervision, guidance and monitoring community safety is promoted in working with these offenders.

 

The Probationer is permitted to reside at an approved residence, maintain employment and carry out normal daily activities. A sentence of Probation can be no less than 12 months and no longer than 3 years.

 

Compulsory conditions

 

To further the goal of rehabilitation Offenders placed under the supervision of a Probation Officer must comply with all of the following compulsory conditions during their term of Probation:

 

  • not commit another offence during the period of the Order;
  • appear before the Court when required to do so by the Court;
  • notify the probation officer in writing in advance of any intended change of address and promptly notify the probation officer of any change of employment or occupation;
  • report to a probation officer at the place and within the times stated in the Order and thereafter when required by the probation officer and in the manner directed by the probation officer;
  • and not leave Bermuda without the written permission of a probation officer (approved by the Manager).  

The Judge or Magistrate may order additional conditions of Probation, based on the needs of the defendant, victim or the community.  Such conditions may include a curfew, restrictions on attending or visiting identified facilities or establishments, attendance at specified programmes, refraining from close associations with identified individuals and mandatory residence at a designated facility or programme.

 

Supervision

 

Probationers are required to report to a Probation Officer weekly until successful completion of, at least, the first assessment period which is three months. Quarterly assessments will determine subsequent reporting conditions.

 

Treatment

 

If treatment is identified as a Condition of Probation, it is mandatory. In such cases, the

Probationer is required to attend all scheduled sessions with the identified treatment provider.

 

Curfew

 

The Department of Court Services coordinates regular curfew checks to confirm curfew compliance. Probationers must secure written permission from their Probation Officer prior to attending any function/meeting outside of their curfew time.

 

Employment

 

If not attending school, the Probationer is required to be gainfully employed*. Probation Officers require regular updates from a Probationer’s employer to confirm employment.

 

*Treatment needs are given priority over job placement in most instances.

 

Education

 

Probation Officers monitor school attendance, behaviour and academic performance. Probationers are required to submit weekly class attendance records and quarterly report cards to their Probation Officer.

 

Urine Analysis

 

The Department of Court Services conducts random and observed urine analysis. When a Probationer reports for a scheduled appointment, they must report prepared to submit to a urine screen.

 

Home Visits

 

Home visits are conducted by Probation Officers to create a better understanding of the offender, develop improved relationships with family members, and to attain an increased awareness of possible risk factors that may exist in or around the home. Home visits are conducted on a quarterly basis.