What is Self-Supervised Probation?

Self-Supervised Probation is a program intended mainly for first-time offenders. Clients do not have a probation officer meeting with them on a regular basis to ensure that they complete their requirements. Instead, they are responsible for arranging and completing all court-ordered obligations and are given a probation officer as a contact person to answer questions and/or offer guidance as needed. The Department of Correctional Services is responsible for providing the court with reports on a client’s probation status.

How does the program work?

  • Clients are placed on probation for a period of 1 year with the condition that all court-ordered obligations (substance abuse evaluations/classes, Drinking Drivers Classes, Community Service, payment of fines, court costs and the supervision fee, etc) are completed within the first 6 months of the probationary period.
  • Clients are given a handout in the courtroom with basic rules to abide by and are then sent a pamphlet from the Department of Correctional Services with their specific case information/court-ordered obligations and contact information for any questions or problems.
  • For the next 6 months clients are expected to be completing their probation requirements on their own. They should be arranging community service work or setting up classes they have been ordered to complete. They will not be contacted by the Department of Correctional Services during this time, as it is their responsibility to contact the Department if they are having trouble. The Department of Correctional Services always has assistance available to clients that request it.
  • All cases are reviewed 7 months after being placed on probation. The Department of Correctional Services reviews all documentation filed with the courthouse (Clerk of Court) and the Department. This information is combined into one probationary status report and sent to the Judge to determine closure. If all probation requirements have been completed clients should be successfully discharged from probation. If all conditions have not been completed, clients are subject to probation revocation and/or contempt of court.

* This is a general overview of the program. Not all cases are placed on probation for just one year and not all cases/obligations are to be completed within the first six months of probation; some deadlines may be longer or shorter depending on the circumstances of the case. See your sentencing order for case specific information.

I was just placed on probation- what do I do now?

You are not required to contact the Department of Correctional Services immediately after sentencing. It may take a week or longer for the Department to receive copies of your paperwork so it may not be possible for specific questions to be answered immediately. You should have received a Self-Supervised Probation handout at sentencing- READ IT. As soon as the Department receives your sentencing order from the court, it will be entered into our database and you will be mailed a green-colored pamphlet with information about your case. This pamphlet will contain rules you should abide by while on probation as well as any specific conditions of probation you were ordered to complete. Should you still have questions after receiving this information, contact the Department and they can be answered and/or additional information may be sent to you.

It’s been more than 1 month since my sentencing and I still haven’t received any paperwork.

Within one month of sentencing you should have received copies of your sentencing order and information (green-colored pamphlet) from the Department of Correctional Services. If you haven’t received this information you should contact the Department at (319) 730-1266. It’s possible that your mailing address is incorrect or a paperwork error has occurred.

What do I have to pay?

SUPERVISION FEE.  All clients placed on probation to the Department of Correctional Services are required to pay a supervision fee in the amount of $300.00.  Please submit payment to the Department of Correctional Services at 951 29th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids IA 52404.  Acceptable methods of payment include money orders, a cashier’s check or you may pay in cash or use your debit/credit card in person at the probation office.  Personal checks are not accepted.
Court Cost: You are also required to pay all court costs, fines, restitution and surcharges due to the Clerk of Court by the timeframe specified in your sentencing order. For amounts due, contact the Clerk of Court directly or check the online website.

Linn County Clerk of Court (319) 398-3411
Johnson County Clerk of Court (319) 356-6060
Jones County Clerk of Court (319) 462-4341
Benton County Clerk of Court (319) 473-2766
Iowa County Clerk of Court (319) 642-3914
Tama County Clerk of Court (641) 484-3721

Online website for access to all court information: www.iowacourts.state.ia.us

Can I make payments on the probation fee?

Yes. You do not need to set up a formal payment plan to make payments on the probation fee. You may send in one payment for the full $300.00 or make smaller, monthly payments. However, you still need to have it paid in full by the deadline specified in your sentencing order to be successfully discharged from probation. We do no accept on-line payments. Please use the payment slip.

Can I make payments toward court costs and other amounts due to the Clerk of Court?

You should contact the Clerk of Court directly for an answer to this question.

Linn County Clerk of Court (319) 398-3411
Johnson County Clerk of Court (319) 356-6060
Jones County Clerk of Court (319) 462-4341
Benton County Clerk of Court (319) 473-2766
Iowa County Clerk of Court (319) 642-3914
Tama County Clerk of Court (641) 484-3721

I can’t afford to pay all these costs- is there an alternative to payment?

Yes, but only if approved by the Department of Correctional Services and the court. Circumstances permitting, you may be able to satisfy some of the amounts due by performing community service hours in lieu of payment. You may be able to obtain a waiver of some of your fees. You need to contact the Department of Correctional Services for the forms that must be filled out for approval prior to completing the community service work and/or waiver. YOU CANNOT PERFORM COMMUNITY SERVICE OR SEEK A WAIVER FOR MONIES OWED TO A VICTIM.

I have completed all of my probation requirements. Where do I send the documentation?

All documentation should be sent to the Department of Correctional Services at 951 29th Avenue SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

How do I change my address?

You are required to keep the Department of Correctional Services informed of your current address.

If your address has changed, do one of the following:

  • Fill out the change of address form in the green-colored pamphlet and mail it in
  • Call the Department of Correctional Services and report your new address.

I was arrested and charged with a new offense while on probation. What happens now?

Call and report the new charges to the Department of Correctional Services at (319) 730-1266. If convicted of a new offense while on probation you risk having your probation revoked or contempt of court. A probation revocation hearing will be scheduled and you will be required to appear in court.

I need more time to complete my probation requirements. How do I apply for an extension?

You have to write a letter to the court to request an extension. Include your name, case number and return address. Make sure to specify how much additional time you are asking for and the requirements you have yet to complete. Send the letter to the Clerk of Court.

Linn County Clerk of Court (319) 398-3411
Johnson County Clerk of Court (319) 356-6060
Jones County Clerk of Court (319) 462-4341
Benton County Clerk of Court (319) 473-2766
Iowa County Clerk of Court (319) 642-3914
Tama County Clerk of Court (641) 484-3721

What if I don’t get all of my conditions of probation completed on time?

Then you are facing possible revocation of probation and/or contempt of court proceedings. You may also be required to come to appointments with a probation officer to discuss the conditions of your probation. A probation revocation hearing may be scheduled and you would be required to appear in court. Revocation means that you lose your deferred judgment and face the penalty you would have received had you never been granted the deferred judgment. If you have a suspended sentence and your probation is revoked than the suspended jail time and/or suspended fine is imposed. Contempt of court means that you keep your deferred judgment/suspended sentence but may be required to pay an additional fine, perform community service hours and/or serve jail time as a penalty for violating your probation. If you know that you will not be able to complete all of the requirements of your probation on time you should request an extension from the court.

What resources are there to complete my court ordered conditions of probation?

SUBSTANCE ABUSE EVALUATION/TREATMENT.
Please contact an agency near you to obtain a substance abuse evaluation and/or substance abuse treatment as recommended by the evaluation. The following list of available options are available. You are not required to use only this list or these options.

Area Substance Abuse Council (ASAC)

Anamosa Office(319) 462-4327
Belle Plaine Office(319) 444-4309
Benton County Office, Vinton(319) 472-2443
Cedar Rapids Office, SW(319) 390-4611
Cedar Rapids Office, NE(319) 447-1921
Family Services, Cedar Rapids(319) 398-3943
St. Lukes Chemical Dependency Services Cedar Rapids Office(319) 363-4429
St. Lukes Iowa City Office(319) 338-9322
Sedlacek at Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids(319) 398-6226
MECCA Iowa City(319) 351-4357
MECCA Des Moines(515) 262-0349
SATUCI Toledo(641) 484-2222
SATUCI Marshalltown(641) 752-5421

SHOPLIFTER’S CLASS.
Please contact Shoplifters Alternative at 1-800-848-9595 and they will inform you how to complete this program

DRINKING DRIVER’S SCHOOL.
Please contact one of the following to register for the 12-hour program.
Kirkwood Community College at (319) 398-1022
SATUCI at (641) 484-2222

MECCA at (319) 351-4357

OWI WEEKEND PROGRAM.
Please contact one of the following to register for the 48-hour program.
Kirkwood Community College at (319) 398-1022
DMACC at (515) 964-6200