Adult Community Supervision
Adult Community Supervision (Local Probation)
The Local Probation division, commonly referred to as Adult Community Supervision is established under the authority of the Comprehensive Community Corrections Act (CCCA) specified in Section 9.1-173 through 9.1-183 of the Virginia state code (sc).The Adult Community Supervision division provides services to the Norfolk Circuit, General District (Criminal and Traffic divisions), and Juvenile and Domestic Relations courts through the probationary supervision of eligible adult offenders.
Eligible adult (to include juveniles adjudicated as adults) offenders are those who are sentenced to a total of 12 months or less for a Class I or II misdemeanor or nonviolent felony with a sentence suspended in whole or in part; or, following a deferred proceeding (finding under advisement) authorized by statute for any Class I or II misdemeanor offense for which the court could have imposed a jail sentence.
Sentencing to local community-based probation authorized by the CCCA is done in accordance with Section 19.2-303.3 of the State Code of Virginia. The Adult Community Supervision division offers Norfolk's judiciary a cost-effective alternative to incarceration that enhances public safety through the provision of probation supervision, treatment referrals, and effective intermediate sanctions for violations.
Enhancing Public Safety
Local probation supervision enhances public safety through the provision of special conditions ordered by the court, and additional services deemed necessary by the Local Probation Officer. Officers utilize an array of practices, to include risk assessments, individual case planning, behavior modification strategies, etc., that are evidenced-based in recidivism reduction. Conditions of probation supervision may include, but not limited to:
- Alcohol/drug testing
- Domestic violence and anger management counseling
- General Education Development (GED) enrollment
- Job training and search
- Parenting counseling, etc.
- Prostitution intervention
- Substance abuse and mental health treatment referrals
Adult Community Supervision Intake
Once placed under probation supervision by the court, the probationer must complete an intake. The intake officer is available from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in room 2102 of the courthouse complex in downtown Norfolk. The intake consists of:
- A collection of detailed information about the probationer's ties to the community, employment, etc.
- A substance abuse assessment (if applicable) to determine the probationer's use and abuse of controlled substances for treatment purposes.
- Referrals to appropriate counseling agencies.
The intake officer also serves as a liaison between Norfolk Criminal Justice Services and the courts.