Robert P. Starks
7 Court Street, Room 32
Belmont, New York 14813
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Make payments online with your credit or debit card! Court costs; Restitution payments; Fines and Fees can all be paid online through the following website: www.GovPayNow.com or by calling GovPayNet toll free at 1-888-604-7888.
Interested in a career in Probation/Community Corrections? Educational requirements are as follows:
- Probation Officer – Minimum B.A. or B.S. in
- Behavioral Sciences /Human Services
- Probation Assistant – Associate’s Degree
- Clerical – High School Graduate
ALL POSITIONS ARE CIVIL SERVICE RELATED AND REQUIRE CIVIL SERVICE TESTING.
Our Department’s Probation Staff consists of the following:
- Director of Probation
- Probation Supervisors
- Senior Probation Officers
- Probation Officers
- Sr. Probation Assistant
- Support Staff
For More Information Contact us at: Allegany County Probation Department
Duties of a Probation Officer:
- Supervision of adult offenders
- Facilitate adult Sex Offender Treatment Program
- Supervision of Youthful Offenders
- Monitoring of Conditional Discharge sentences
- Supervision of PINS youth
- Supervision of Juvenile Delinquent youth
- Preparing Pre-Dispositional/Pre-plea/Pre-Sentence Investigations
- Facilitate a “Thinking for a Change” group
- Facilitate a “Ready, Set, Work” group
- Facilitate a 3-R Domestic Violence treatment group
- Facilitate a Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Substance Abusers (CBI-SA) group
- Collect fee, fine, and/or restitution monies for the Courts.
Intake Diversion Unit
This Unit has jurisdiction over all matters that fall within the scope of the Allegany County Family Court. Probation Officers also assist applicants with filing petitions in various family and child related areas. This includes areas of Custody, Visitation, Support, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Delinquency and Persons In Need of Supervision.
Probation Officers handle a high volume of diverse and complex cases which, to some extent or another, may reflect a mental health disorder, violence, family dysfunction or chemical dependency.
Alternatives to Incarceration Programs
Pre-trial Release Program – This program is handled by a Probation Assistant. The Pre-trial Release Program objectives are to screen all pre-trial detainees in the Allegany County Jail within 24 hours of their detention (within 72 hours if committed on the weekend) to determine eligibility for release under the supervision of the Pre-trial Release Program. This provides defendants with access to services that will stabilize their situations and insure appearance in Court, and to provide community based supervision when ordered by the Court.
Community Service Program – The presence of this program encourages the Courts to use Community Service sanctions in accordance with a local policy that relates Community Service sanctions to periods of incarceration for which it is to be substituted. It closely monitors offender performance through regular work site or offender contacts and reports back to the Court the results of all placements, promptly notifying the Courts of all clients who fail to perform required community services.
Electronic Home Monitoring (E.H.M) – The principal purpose of the Allegany County Probation Department Electronic Home Monitoring Program is to provide a degree of restriction, which is less severe than incarceration yet more punitive than existing alternatives. Additionally, the use of electronic home monitoring helps reduce jail overcrowding in Allegany County and it will allow the offender to remain a fully participating family member, to maintain employment, attend school and participate in appropriate counseling. This program is also used as a component to the Allegany County Pre-trial Release Program, Juvenile Intensive Probation Supervision Program.
A Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor (S.C.R.A.M.) allows for certain offenders to be closely monitored for consumption of alcohol. A Court can order an offender to have one of these units attached. This allows for daily monitoring of an offender’s use of alcohol.
All officers routinely alcohol and drug test offenders as ordered by the Courts. Officers also conduct “surprise” home visits to offenders to ensure compliance with curfews and other probation conditions.
Allegany County Youth Court
Youth Courts are one of the fastest growing programs in the community justice movement. In 2004 there are over 540 active Youth Court Programs throughout the United States. These programs embrace restitution and community service, two common forms of community or restorative justice, within their sentencing guidelines. In addition, Youth Courts send to the community and its youth a strong message that young people do not support law-breaking behavior.
Positive peer pressure plays a major role in our Court hearings at the Belmont Courthouse as juvenile defendants must explain their conduct to Allegany County students who serve as Judge, Bailiff, Defense, Prosecution, Jury Foreperson, and Jury. These student Youth Court members know the circumstances of life in Allegany County and provide thoughtful and appropriate sentences in each individual case. When youth participate in the Youth Court process either as defendants or volunteers they develop valuable skills that will help them become more responsible and productive citizens. Several of our Youth Court defendants that go through our program actually end up joining as Youth Court members once their sanctions have been completed successfully.
Youth Court provides and immediate response to mostly first time offenses that may be warning signs of future serious or violent delinquency. This early intervention also offers the defendant a second chance to make amends for his/her offense before being entered into the family/criminal court system, acquiring a record, paying Court fees, and being given the “juvenile delinquent” label.
The Allegany County Youth Court Director Sabrena Beaten can be reached at: