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Probation Department  231-398-3515 (phone)  231-398-3565 (fax) 



Probation Department


The 85th District Court Probation Department provides adult probation services for offenders over the age of seventeen that are convicted of misdemeanor offenses. A person is granted probation by the presiding Judge. Probation is a sentence that allows the offender to reside in their community under the supervision of the probation officer. This department provides supervision in Manistee and Benzie counties and has an average case load of approximately 2,000 probationers.


The 85th District Court Probation Department, under the direct supervision of the Judge, is committed to the protection of the community through innovative and aggressive monitoring to help reintegrate criminal offenders into society as law abiding productive citizens. The typical term a person is placed on probation for is 6 to 24 months.


The probation department is entirely funded by the fees offenders pay. The department has its own budget, and is always “in the black”. The offender is required to pay a minimum payment monthly on his or her fines, cost and or restitution.  This is part of accepting responsibility for their actions.


The abuse of alcohol and drugs is the factor most highly correlated with criminal conduct that the court sees. For this type of offender, referrals are made to various agencies that will help address their personal alcohol and or drug related issues. The goal of the probation department is to help these individuals improve their lives by total abstinence. Referrals to other specific agencies are an important and regular part of supervision. Referrals for further screening and assessment, employment and skill building, drug and alcohol courts, zero tolerance daily testing, ignition interlock services, leg or home tethers,  impact weekend, victim impact panel, anger management and community work programs. These are just a few of the many types of referrals made regularly by the probation department.


The probation department believes that “good habits build good people”. Our theory of probation is the reinforcing of habits that lead to success in life, and the avoidance of temptations that diminish one’s prospects. What we are referring to here are the positive and productive habits, such as remaining sober, doing honest work, meeting one’s obligations in life and thereby developing the strength of character necessary to live an ethical life in a free society.

Probation Dept
Last Updated on Monday, 21 June 2010 09:55

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