Upon sentencing, a defendant may be placed on probation supervision from 1) one to six years for a misdemeanor, or 2) five to ten years for a felony conviction, in conjunction with a period of incarceration in a City jail (up to 6 months) instead of state imprisonment.
Supervision will often include referrals to community-based resources and programs designed to meet specific client needs.
DOP’s supervision model consists of the following tracks:
Special Offender Unit (SOU) – SOU officers provide intensive supervision to probation clients who are at a higher risk of committing another crime. Clients assigned to SOU must meet one of the following criteria:
- Registered Sex Offender under the Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA)
- Kendra’s Law psychiatric case
- Child abuser
- Domestic violence or history of domestic violence
- Confirmed as a major drug dealer or known to have a major gang affiliation or involvement
- Known to both State and Federal Witness Protection programs
High-Risk (HR) – HR officers provide intensive supervision to probation clients who have a higher risk of committing another crime. The client’s score is based on their age, criminal history, and the number of victims identified.
Reporting – Reporting Track officers monitor probation clients who were never classified as High-Risk or Special Offender, as well as clients who have been transferred from HR or SOU after having met all major requirements. Probation clients in the Reporting Track report directly to a kiosk but may also report to a probation officer.