Probation Offices

 

Carlton Courthouse
Carlton County
(218) 384-9188
301 Walnut Ave.
Carlton, MN  55718  
Cook County Courthouse
Cook County
(218) 387-3672
411 W 2nd St.Grand Marais, MN 55604
Kooch Courthouse
Koochiching County
(218) 283-1113
715 4th St.
International Falls, MN 56649
 Lake Courthouse
Lake County
(218) 834-8366
601-3rd Ave.
Two Harbors, MN 55616

 Duluth Courthouse
St. Louis County - Duluth
(218) 726-2633
100 N. 5th Ave. W. Rm 319
Duluth, MN 55802

Hibbing Courthouse
St. Louis County - Hibbing
(218) 262-0124
12th Avenue E., Rm 217
Hibbing, MN 55746

Virginia Courthouse
St. Louis County - Virginia 
(218) 749-7102
300 S. Fifth Avenue #204
Virginia, MN 55792-2666  

 
Wally Kostich
Division Director
(218) 749-7102


 

Probation Services

DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES:  Court and Field Services is one of four divisions of Arrowhead Regional Corrections.  It provides services to 17 Judges and 5,400 clients at eleven locations in the five participating counties.

INTEGRATION OF SERVICES FOR MINORITY OFFENDERS:  Court & Field Services recognizes the importance of racial focus and diversity.  Currently these initiatives and services are being utilized:

  • Referral of chemically dependent Native American clients to Mash-ka-wisen.  A culturally specific program in Sawyer MN - Carlton County.
  • Coordination of out-of-home placements with ICWA (Indian Child Welfare Act) and Fond du Lac Social Services.
  • Participation in the Fond du Lac and the Boise Forte collaboratives.

COURT SERVICES & PROGRAMMING - ADULT :

  • Diversion Program - Adult offenders identified by the County Attorney’s office as being eligible are diverted from the traditional court process.  
     
  • Bail Studies - The court orders probation to complete a Bail Study to provide the court with additional information to determine the appropriate amount of bail for a particular case.
     
  • Pre-trial Investigation/Supervision - The court orders probation to complete an investigation of an offender to determine their eligibility for probation supervision while charges are pending in lieu of bail.  
     
  • Pre-Sentence Investigation (PSI’s) - The court orders probation to complete an investigation of an offender prior to pronouncing the sentence on the offender.
     
  • Risk Assessments - Probation utilizes a variety of risk assessment tools to assist them in assessing the offender’s needs and risk to the community.   These tools help provide the court and probation with research based criteria to make sound correctional decisions.  
     
  • Problem Solving Courts - ARC participates in several problem solving courts which are as follows:
    • Mental Health Court
    • Drug Courts
    • DWI Court
    • Veteran's Court
       
  • Supervision - Adult offenders within ARC are assigned a risk level as determined by the Level of Service Inventory-Revised (LSIR) or one of the other specialized risk assessment tools.
    • High Supervision
    • Medium Supervision
    • Low Supervision
    • Service Center Supervision
    • Supervised Release
    • Intensive Supervised Release
    • Challenge Incarceration Program
       
  • Specialized Caseloads
    • DWI:  Nearly all regions of ARC have caseloads that focus primarily on DWI offenders.
    • Drug Offenders:   Duluth, Koochiching County and the Range have specialized caseloads that focus on Felony Drug offenders.  
    • Sex Offenders:   All regions of ARC have caseloads that specialize in the treatment and rehabilitation of sex offenders.  
    • Domestic Abuse: Duluth, Hibbing, and Virginia have caseloads which specialize in Felony Domestic Assaults.  
    • Intensive Supervised Release/ Challenge Incarceration
       
  • Case Plans - Arrowhead Regional Corrections uses the Case Plan Policy to ensure that offender risk and criminogenic needs are identified and addressed in an effort to lower risk and reduce recidivism.
     
  • Inter / Intrastate Transfers - Offenders from other states and other regions of Minnesota often transfer into this area.
     
  • We have developed Offender Sanction Conferencing.   The purpose of this practice is to establish guidelines for addressing technical violations of probation through a sanctions conference rather than a court hearing unless otherwise directed by the District Court.
     
  • Intermediate Sanctions
    • Sentence to Serve (STS):   This is a structured form of community service work.  
    • Electronic Monitoring (EM):   This is a technology based sanction.
    • SCRAM:  This is a technology based sanction.
    • Ignition Interlock.     

COURT SERVICES & PROGRAMMING - JUVENILE

  • Diversion Program - Juvenile offenders identified by the County Attorney’s office as being eligible are diverted from the traditional court process.
     
  • Pre-trial Investigation / Supervision - The court orders probation to complete an investigation of a juvenile to determine their eligibility for probation supervision while charges are pending in lieu of detention. Probation provides a recommendation to the court based on their investigation which includes whether the offender is a good risk and what additional conditions of release would be helpful to reduce their risk.  Probation then provides supervision of the juveniles found appropriate.
     
  • Pre-Disposition Investigation (PDI’s) - The court orders probation to complete an investigation of a juvenile prior to determining the disposition.  Probation conducts interviews with the juvenile, their family and any victims, gathers background information, researches prior record, researches restitution issues and assesses the offender’s circumstances and character.  A written report to the court is prepared with recommendations. 
     
  • Risk Assessments - Probation utilizes a variety of risk assessment tools to assist them in assessing the juvenile’s needs and risk to the community.  These tools help provide the court and probation with research based criteria to make sound correctional decisions.

Community Based Services and Programming

  • Supervision - Juvenile clients within ARC are assigned a risk level as determined by the Youth Level of Service Case Management Inventory-Revised (YLS/CMI) or one of the other specialized risk assessment tools. Based on the risk level a supervision strategy is developed and implemented.
  • Specialized Caseloads - Certain categories of juveniles require a more structured and focused approach to supervision and casework.  ARC has developed caseloads to address these needs and enhance the probation officers ability to gain the knowledge base and expertise necessary. 
     
  • Case Plans - Arrowhead Regional Corrections uses the Case Plan Policy to ensure that offender risk and criminogenic needs are identified and addressed in an effort to lower risk and reduce recidivism.
     
  • Intermediate Sanctions - ARC is involved in the utilization of numerous strategies that provide a legitimate sanction for the juvenile in lieu of time in detention and/or out of home placement, or when appropriate.  ARC puts effort into developing such resources as well as staying current on new technologies available. 

Counseling Services and Programming

  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Cognitive Skills
  • Reintegration Mentoring
  • Strong Girls Group
  • Drug & Alcohol Prevention Program