Adult Programs and Services
Adult Programs and Services is a part of the Community-Programs and Field Services division, and is led by Toni Jensen (bio), who also specializes in domestic violence and sexual assault cases. Adult Programs and Services includes: investigations, assessments, and offender management/supervision. Additionally this focus area includes the following services: Reporting Centers, Service Centers, assistance with education and employment Electronic Monitoring, Substance Abuse Testing, Victim Services and other community based services.
What does Probation’s Adult Programs and Services Provide?
In Nebraska Probation services are a part of the Supreme Court, under the Judicial Branch of Government. Probation serves two primary functions in its service to the Court, presentence investigations and supervision. These functions are defined and dictated in Nebraska Statute (Neb. Rev. Stat. 29-2257; Neb. Rev. Stat. 29-2261; Neb. Rev. Stat. 29-2262.04; Neb. Rev. Stat. 29-2263). There are 14 probation districts statewide.
A presentence investigation is a document that is prepared for the court, which provides information the court will consider when determining a sentence for a certain individual. The information provided includes information regarding the individual’s prior criminal history, their employment and educational background, any drug or alcohol use, their family or friends, victim information, as well as their overall attitude regarding their offense. Additionally, information is obtained that relates to what is going well for the individual, and any strengths they have. Officers will consult with others who also can provide information regarding the individual. This may include friends, family, employers, victims, and treatment providers. Ultimately all of this information is analyzed, summarized and provided to the judge to assist the court in making a sentencing decision. If probation is a consideration specific rehabilitative programs may also be included.
The second function of probation is supervision. Probation provides an alternative to jail or prison for many individuals convicted of a variety of offenses in Nebraska. Probation is intended to work with those who can be supervised successfully in the community. The overall goal of probation is to provide safe communities by creating sustainable change in a probationers’ behavior, so that they can become productive law-abiding citizens. While some probationers pose a relatively low risk to recidivate, or commit another offense, other probationers may pose a higher risk to recidivate. Based on this risk, a probationer’s supervision will looks different. High risk probationer’s supervision and case management involves high levels of engagement and accountability by highly skilled and experienced officers,
Specialized Programs: To better serve the community, Probation works hard to stay on the cutting edge and provide specialized programming whenever possible.
One example of this specialized programming is Nebraska’s Specialized Substance Abuse Supervision, otherwise known as SSAS. SSAS was established in 2006, and targets supervision for high risk substance abusing offenders. It is intended to address the treatment and supervision needs of probationers in risk of recidivism with chronic drug problems. In 2010, Nebraska Probation received national recognition from the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) for this program and its successes through APPA’s President’s Award.