Adult Probation Department
History of the
Back in 1996 the
Licking County Municipal Court employed two Probation Officers. One officer
worked for Judge Michael Higgins and the other officer worked for Judge Thomas
Marcelain. Each judge would assign probation cases to his Probation Officer.
There was one secretarial staff person who served as a support person to each
Higgins and Judge Marcelain recognized that this type of a probation operation
was not the most effective way of supervising defendants, so with the
endorsement of the City of Newark and Licking County they decided to
consolidate both officers to make up one probation department. The major
benefits of restructuring were:
One department would handle all
Municipal Court Probation cases.
One department would allow for more
One department would allow for more
Considering all factors
Judge Higgins and Judge Marcelain decided to move forward with the creation of
the Licking County Municipal Court Adult Probation Department. On April 15,
1996 Emmett R. Barrett was sworn in as the first Director of the newly created
probation department. Mr. Barrett served as Director from April 15, 1996 to
September 26, 2000. On October 2, 2000 Scott F. Fulton was sworn in as the
second Director of the probation department. Mr. Futon served as Director from
October 2, 2000 to July 30, 2014. On August 18, 2014 Kevin K. Saad was sworn in
as the third Director of the probation department. Mr. Saad still serves the
court in that capacity.
The Licking County
Municipal Court Adult Probation Department is dedicated to protecting the
community by ensuring that defendants placed under supervision are monitored
appropriately according to their risk level. The department is also dedicated
to changing offender behavior and reducing crime by identifying criminogenic
needs, formulating case plans to address said needs, and referring to evidence
The goals of the
Licking County Municipal Court Adult Probation Department are:
financially responsibly with city, county, and grant funds.
To collaborate with local community
social services agencies for the purpose of developing and/or implementing
evidence based programs for defendants.
To support/assist victims of crime
specifically those victimized by a defendant sentenced by a Licking County
Municipal Court Judge.
To support/assist the court with
investigations, recommendations, record checks, security, and anything else
deemed appropriate by the court.
To enforce all conditions of probation
ordered by the court.
To support/assist defendants in their
quest to change their behaviors by determining the appropriate intervention.
The engine that runs
the supervision system is the ORAS Assessor Unit. ORAS stands for the Ohio Risk
Assessment System. Within ORAS there are several assessment tools which help
determine the risk level of defendants. Individual tools utilized by the Probation
Department are Community Supervision Screening Tool (CSST), Community
Supervision Tool (CST), Misdemeanor Screening Tool (MST), and Misdemeanor
Assessment Tool (MAT). There is one officer assigned to this unit. The main
duty of this officer is to complete ORAS assessment tools with defendants,
score the tools, and transfer defendants to the appropriate units of
supervision. This officer has four units to choose from when transferring cases
(i.e., General Unit, Intensive Supervision Unit, Specialized Docket Intensive
Supervision Unit, and Clerical Unit). These four units along with Pre-Trial
Diversion and Intervention In Lieu of Conviction will be described in detail
General Unit: Within
the General Unit defendants will have a risk score of low to moderate. A
typical offense for this unit would be OVI, Theft, Disorderly Conduct, or an
offense of violence (i.e., Domestic Violence or Assault). An ideal caseload
size for this unit would be 200 cases per
officer. There are two probation officers assigned to this unit. The primary
duties of these officers are:
Case planning (i.e., setting goals and
objectives based on criminogenic risk factors).
Analyzing assessment data to determine
Managing both reporting and
Conducting home contacts.
Verifying employment, treatment,
Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous, and/or community service.
Conducting a cost benefit analysis with
moderate risk defendants.
Conducting behavioral chains with
moderate risk defendants.
Conducting Texas Christian University
Drug Screen V assessments on moderate risk defendants. This is a tool that
helps Probation Officers to determine if a defendant has a mild, moderate, or
severe alcohol or other drug disorder.
Enforce all terms and conditions ordered
by the court.
Complete and file motion and memorandum
for oral hearings.
Complete various reports for the court.
Complete alcohol and/or drug tests.
Provide security to the court when
Attend probation revocation hearings.
Enter data into the probation software
Keep statistical data on defendants.
Sanction defendants for inappropriate
Intensive Supervision Unit: Within
the Intensive Supervision Unit defendants will have a risk score of high to
very high. Defendants placed in this unit will most likely be multiple
offenders who will have many criminogenic need areas. Typical offenses would be
the same as the General Unit, but the defendants would most likely have
multiple offenses on their records. An ideal caseload size for this unit would
be 65 cases per officer. There is one probation
officer assigned to this unit. The primary duties of this officer are the same
duties as a General Unit officer with the following additions:
Interview incarcerated defendants at the
Conduct scheduled home contacts at least
two times per month.
Adhere to all Bureau of Community
Sanctions audit standards (This is an Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and
Correction grant funded position).
More frequent office contacts due to the
defendants being high risk.
Conducting a cost benefit analysis
and/or a behavior chain on all defendants.
Distribute star cards and incentives for
Monitor SCRAM violations (Continuous
Specialized Docket Intensive Supervision
Within this unit defendants will have a risk score of high to very high. There
are two specialized dockets within this unit.
The LIFT Court
Specialized Docket targets individuals who are of high risk and high needs with
limited means that need a lift in their lives in order to address their drug
and alcohol addiction and/or mental health. The LIFT Court offers a participant
a way to have a different kind of life, a life of freedom from drugs and/or
alcohol, and a life with the prospect of hope and promise. Participants are
expected to adhere to the following guidelines:
Abstain from alcohol and drug use.
Attend status review hearings.
Attend appointments with treatment
providers and/or case managers.
Attend appointments with
Comply with program requirements.
Submit to frequent, random, and observed
alcohol and drug screens.
Comply with sanctions for infractions.
Obtain GED if applicable.
Secure stable housing.
Engage in sober support community (i.e.,
AA, NA, and AL-ANON).
No further violations of law.
Judge David Stansbury presides over the LIFT
Court Docket. This court has been certified by the Ohio Supreme Court. One
probation officer is assigned to this court. Typical offenses for this court
would be the same as the regular intensive supervision unit. An ideal caseload
size for this court would be 35 cases. The
primary duties of this officer would be all the same duties as a general or
regular intensive supervision officer. Additional duties of this officer are:
Attending LIFT Court sessions weekly
with the judge and with the defendants.
Prepare LIFT Court progress reports for
Attend weekly treatment team meetings.
Maintains daily operations of the LIFT
Meets with any potential participants
Visits participants at school or other
Provide information to the treatment
Participates in discussions about
incentives, sanctions, phase advancement, graduation, and termination.
The other court within
this unit is the OVI Specialized Docket Court. This court targets repeat
misdemeanor OVI offenders who meet the following criteria:
2nd or 3rd OVI
conviction within six years.
1st offense conviction within
six years with prior lifetime OVI convictions.
Must be a Licking County resident or an
out of county resident if the person has financial resources to cover treatment
Moderate to severe alcohol problems with
a diagnosis of alcohol dependence.
The OVI Specialized
Docket Court offers a participant effective supervision with enhanced treatment
services. Participants are expected to adhere to the following guidelines:
No alcohol consumption or illegal drug
Stay out of bars and any business which
makes most of their money from selling alcohol.
Frequent, random, and observed
SCRAM alcohol monitoring (This is
continuous alcohol monitoring).
Substance abuse treatment at the Licking
County Alcohol Prevention Program. Other counseling as determined as necessary.
Obtain GED or high school diploma.
Maintain lawful employment.
Vocational/educational training if
Restitution if necessary.
Pay fines and court costs.
Complete physical examination.
Reporting to probation and court as
directed by phases or as court determines.
Electronic Monitoring if necessary.
Wear Remote Breath Device if necessary.
Judge Michael Higgins
presides over the OVI Specialized Docket Court. This court has been certified
by the Ohio Supreme Court. One officer is assigned to this court. Typical offenses
for this court would be multiple OVI’s. Ideal caseload size for this court
would be 35 cases. The primary duties of this
officer are all of the duties of the general and regular intensive supervision
unit and some of the duties of the LIFT Court. Additional duties of this
Conducts the legal eligibility
Assists the participant in all phases
including the orientation phase.
Monitors compliance with supervision
Assists with transportation, housing,
education, employment, obtaining medical care, family issues, training, and
applying for government assistance.
Makes referrals to other agencies.
Monitors mental health medication
Pre-Trial Diversion/Intervention In Lieu
of conviction/Clerical Unit: Defendants are usually low risk if
placed in the Diversion program. Typical offenses for potential Diversion
participants would be Underage Consumption or Theft. An ideal caseload size for
Diversion would be 250 cases per officer. The
Diversion program consists of a maximum probationary period of one year. Two
officers are assigned to handle Diversion cases. Potential participant
guidelines for this program are as follows:
A person’s criminal/traffic arrest
record will be reviewed by probation staff to determine whether the person is a
first time offender as defined by Ohio Revised Code and tentatively eligible to
participate in the Diversion program. The eligibility criteria are set forth in
Revised Code Section 2935.56.
A person may not have other criminal
charges pending in any jurisdiction at the time of application and must not
have previously participated in an adult Diversion program in any jurisdiction.
A person may also be disqualified from
participation in the Diversion Program if the Prosecuting Attorney, at its
discretion, determines that the offender is not amenable to the program and/or
treatment, or the offender does not accept responsibility for his or her
If a person is
tentatively accepted and is granted Diversion the following conditions could
A participant would be required to pay a
minimum court cost of $83.00 and a Diversion supervision fee of $150.00, as
well as possible restitution to a victim if damages were caused by the offense,
treatment costs, and/or fees associated with community service if so ordered.
A participant must complete a
stipulation of admission, accepting responsibility for his or her criminal
A participant may be required to
participate in an intensive or educational counseling program.
A participant may be required to refrain
from using alcohol during the course of treatment.
A participant will be required to
refrain from using any controlled substances, except those prescribed by a
A participant may be required to refrain
from contacting the victim in the case for a specified time period.
A participant will be required to obey
all federal, state, and local laws during the course of the program.
A participant may be prohibited from
possessing weapons during the period of the program.
A participant will be required to
complete all requirements and conditions of the individual offender’s program
agreement and attend all meetings, sessions, and appointments associated with
If a participant
completes his or her program successfully, the court will dismiss the charges
against the participant. The primary duties of these officers are to enforce
the conditions listed above.
Intervention In Lieu of
Conviction (ILC) also falls within this unit. Defendants could be low, moderate,
or high if placed in the ILC program. Typical offenses are described in Ohio
Revised Code Section 2951.041 (A) (1). The first part of this code section
states, “If an offender is charged with a criminal offense, including but not
limited to a violation of section 2913.02, 2913.03, 2913.11, 2913.21, 2913.31,
or 2919.21 of the Revised Code, and the court has reason to believe that drug
or alcohol usage by the offender was a factor leading to the criminal offense
with which the offender is charged or that, at the time of committing that
offense, the offender had a mental illness, was a person with intellectual
disability, or was a victim of a violation of section 2905.32 of the Revised
Code and that the mental illness, status as a person with intellectual
disability, or fact that the offender was a victim of a violation of section
2905.32 of the Revised Code was a factor leading to the offender’s criminal
behavior, the court may accept, prior to the entry of a guilty plea, the
offender’s request for intervention in lieu of conviction.” Eligibility for ILC
is described in Ohio Revised Code Section 2951.041 (B) (1-10). An ideal
caseload size for ILC would be 50 cases.
If the court grants an
offender’s request for ILC, the court shall place the offender under the
general control of the probation department. The court shall establish an
intervention plan for the offender. The terms and conditions of the
intervention plan are as follows:
The plan will be at least one year from
the date which the court granted the order of ILC.
To abstain from the use of illegal drugs
To participate in treatment and recovery
To submit to regular random testing for
drug and alcohol use.
To comply with other treatment if deemed
To comply with any other terms and
conditions similar to community control sanctions, which may include community
service or restitution, that are ordered by the court.
One officer is assigned to supervise the ILC
participants. The primary duties of this officer is to enforce the conditions
Finally, the clerical
caseload falls within this unit. Defendants classified as clerical are
considered low risk. The typical offense for this caseload is first time OVI’s.
An ideal caseload size is 200 cases. One officer
is assigned to this caseload. The primary duties of this officer are as
Complete intake interviews.
Enforce conditions ordered by the court.
Verify driver intervention program
Assist with driving privileges and
driver’s license questions.
File motion and memorandum for oral
hearings when necessary.
Kevin Saad, Director: 740-670-7837, email@example.com
Vanessa Stalnaker, Senior Probation Officer: 740-670-7838, firstname.lastname@example.org
Becky Moffett, Probation Officer II: 740-670-7833, email@example.com
Karrie Rice, Probation Officer I:
Jordan Barnard, Probation Officer I: 740-670-7821, firstname.lastname@example.org
Steven Crawmer Probation Officer I: 740-670-7828, email@example.com
Samantha Thompson Probation Officer I: 740-670-7830, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hans Huy Probation Officer I: 740-670-7839, email@example.com
Carla Fowler Probation Officer I: 740-670-7829, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kenda Menter, Secretary II: 740-670-7831, email@example.com
Kathy Simons Secretary I: 740-670-7825, firstname.lastname@example.org
Toria Lovell Contract Hire Secretary: 740-670-7835, email@example.com
Tony Phillips Community Service Officer: 740-670-7827, firstname.lastname@example.org