Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition
A pre-trial diversionary program for those participants approved by the District Attorney. Defendants complete a period of probationary supervision in exchange for dismissal of the charges and their record being expunged.
Defendants with fines, costs, and/or restitution must enter into a payment plan with the Collections Coordinators.
Community Service Program (Adult / Juvenile)
Sanction ordered by the Court as a stand alone sentence or as a condition of:
- Consent decree
- In lieu of fines and costs
- Intermediate Punishment
Community service is also used in conjunction with the prison Earned Time Program to reduce an inmates minimum sentence.
Canine and handler are used to search the residence and property of those under Court Supervision suspected of possessing illegal drugs. The unit may also be engaged to assist area law enforcement and local school districts during any search for controlled substances.
View a photo of Gibbs (JPG), our current department canine.
Earned Time Program
Inmates in the County jail are afforded the opportunity to reduce their minimum sentence via participation in programs such as:
- Alcoholics Anonymous / Narcotics Anonymous meetings
- Community service
- Drug and alcohol counseling
- Educational / vocational training
- Mental health counseling
- Religious services
House Arrest / Electronic Monitoring
Participants are either directly sentenced to this Restrictive Intermediate Punishment sanction or administratively transferred from the jail after serving a portion of their minimum sentence. Curfew compliance is monitored through the use of electronic monitoring equipment to include global positioning satellites (GPS).
Remote alcohol breath testing is also used in conjunction with house arrest for appropriate offenders.
National Curriculum Training Institute (NCTI)
NCTI is nationally known for their Crossroads cognitive curricula, which target criminogenic needs and risk level. NCTI has developed a variety of skill-based training resources, including participant workbooks for juveniles and adults, facilitator guides, and teaching aides.
These training resources are organized into delivery formats that vary in intensity, level and duration to more appropriately meet the needs and address the risk level of offenders.
The Pre-Trial Officer is responsible for supervising select adult officers placed on bail/bond while awaiting disposition of their case. Inmates are also screened with the assistance of the Level of Service Inventory (LSI-R) risk / need assessment for potential release to the community.
Supervision may include SCRAM, electronic monitoring, urinalysis or other court imposed conditions of release.
Problem Solving Court Coordinator
The mission of the Venango County Problem Solving Court is to enhance public safety by reducing criminal activity and assist substance abusers to become drug and alcohol free, productive and law-abiding citizens.
Shoplifter Alternative / Youth Educational Services
A home study program geared toward Retail Theft first offenders. This program is made possible through our relationship with the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention.
Adult or juvenile offenders, Domestic Relation's cases and CYS Dependency cases may be ordered by the Court to undergo random / routine drug testing by Court Supervision Services.
Court Reporting Network (CRN) Evaluations
Mandatory screening performed by certified CRN evaluators, prior to a defendant's sentencing or placement on Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition for Driving under the Influence.
Alcohol Highway Safety School
Mandatory educational program consisting of 12.5 hours of instruction on such topics as driving under the influence (DUI) and the law, effects of alcohol on the driving skills, etc.
This program is offered monthly to DUI offenders and can accommodate 25 participants/session. DUI School is also offered on the weekends on a quarterly basis.
Continuous Alcohol Monitoring (TAD): This is an ankle-worn device that senses alcohol through the skin. It detects and reports alcohol events using a transdermal alcohol concentration (TAC) threshold. Installed in the client’s home, the Home Base receiver collects alcohol events and reports them to the central monitoring computer.
Remote Alcohol Monitoring (Soberlink): Soberlink Cellular Devices use facial recognition technology to confirm identity during each breath test. BAC results are wirelessly transmitted in real-time via Verizon’s Private Network to Soberlink’s cloud-based recovery management software. The Soberlink System allows for custom testing schedules, as well as specific notification and automated report settings.
Underage Drinking School
Educational program for youth arrested for violation of Pennsylvania Code Title 18, Section 6308 - purchase, consumption, possession or transportation of liquor or malt or brewed beverages.
This program is offered on the weekends on a quarterly basis.
Victim Impact Panel (VIP)
The DUI Victim Impact Panel Program is an awareness program for offenders convicted of misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. The panels consist of a non-confrontational presentation consisting of crime victims telling their own personal stories of how impaired drivers forever changed their lives.
The VIP is offered quarterly at the Cranberry High School in conjunction with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole.
House Arrest / Electronic Monitoring
Community based sanction designed as an alternative to residential placement for delinquent youth in need of intensive supervision.
Juvenile Aftercare Officer
This is a professional level position that will coordinate programming and aftercare services for juveniles placed in a residential facility by the Court.
Juvenile Restitution Program
Youth earn money to repay restitution due their victims by working at an assigned business.
Community based supervision ordered by the Court for youth that are adjudicated delinquent or placed under a Consent Decree.
Juveniles alleged to have committed delinquent acts are interviewed and processed by the intake officer for an informal or formal disposition with the assistance of screening and assessment instruments including the Massachusetts Youth Screening (MAYSI-2 is designed to assist identify youths 12 to 17 years old who may have special mental health needs), the Youth Level of Service Inventory (YLS) and the UCLA PTSD Reaction Index for Children/Adolescents.
Victim-Community Awareness Class
A program designed to heighten a juvenile offenders awareness of the harm caused by their actions. The program is facilitated by trained juvenile probation officers.