U.S. District Courts Providence, RI, USA
Feb 12, 2018Full time
The U.S. Probation Officer performs duties and responsibilities which include, but are not limited to, the following: Interviews defendants upon arrest by a federal law enforcement agency; prepares written and verbal bail reports; formulates recommendations for detention or release with conditions; presents information to judges and attorneys; represents the agency at court hearings. Conducts presentence investigations and prepares reports for the Court with recommendations for sentencing of individuals convicted of federal offenses. The preparation of these reports requires interviewing offenders and their families, investigating the offense, prior record and financial status of the offender, and contacting law enforcement agencies, attorneys, victims of the crimes, schools, etc. The purpose of these activities is to ascertain the offender’s background, to assess the probability of future criminal behavior, to determine profit from the offense and any restitution, and to determine the offender’s ability to pay fines and costs of prosecution, incarceration, and supervision. An integral part of this process is the interpretation and application of the U.S. Sentencing Commission guidelines and relevant case law. Presents presentence reports and sentencing recommendations to the Court; responds to judicial officers’ requests for information and advice; testifies in Court as to the basis for factual findings and guideline applications; serves as a resource to the Court to facilitate proper imposition of sentence. Supervises defendants and offenders conditionally released to the community on bail, probation, supervised release, parole, mandatory release, and military parole to maximize adherence to imposed conditions, reduce risk to the community, and to provide correctional treatment. Maintains personal contact with defendants and offenders through office and community contacts and by telephone; investigates employment, sources of income, lifestyle and associates to assess risk and compliance; responsible for detection of substance abuse and implements the necessary treatment or violation proceedings; refers offenders to appropriate outside agencies such as medical and drug treatment facilities, employment and training. Initiates contacts with, replies to and seeks information from organizations and persons such as the U.S. Parole Commission, Bureau of Prisons, and attorneys concerning offenders’ behavior and conditions of supervision; detects and investigates violations and implements appropriate alternatives and sanctions; reports violations of the conditions of supervision to the appropriate authorities; prepares reports, which may include application of U.S. Sentencing Commission revocation guidelines; makes recommendations for disposition; testifies at Court hearings. Performs such other duties as the Chief may require.