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Probation and Community Control

Read more about each program below.

Pre-Sentence Investigation

Location:

Justice Center – 7th floor

Deputy Chief:

James Starks
216-443-7893

Supervisor:

Robert Beck
216-443-8090

Supervisor:

John Bilinski
216-443-7891

Supervisor:

Gary Bolinger
216-443-7898

Supervisor:

Ann Marie Gardner
216-698-2189

Supervisor:

Richard Kraft
216-443-5393

Program Overview

  • Researches and delivers thorough investigation of current offense
  • Conducts ORAS Assessment interview on appropriate candidates
  • Provides victim contact and input, and investigates restitution information to make appropriate recommendation
  • Completes summary of defendant’s pertinent history (e.g., social, educational, employment, health, etc.)
  • Makes supervision placement recommendations based on assessed risk and special population considerations
  • Completed reports are entered into the ODRC Gateway Portal and if committed, forwarded to state institutions.

Eligibility Requirements

  • All offenders following plea but prior to sentencing
  • Required for all felony offenders placed on Community Control

Unless waived by agreement of prosecutor, defense counsel, and Court

Referral Process

  • Court orders completion of Pre-Sentence Report –Defense attorney delivers written order and defendant (bail cases) to 7th floor
    • Bail cases – allow 28 calendar days
    • Jail cases – allow 21 calendar days

Sample Journal Entry

Criminal Plea Verdict (CJIS - CMSG333or 332)

Sentencing:

  • Referred for PSI

For re-referral – (CJIS – CMSG332)

  • Re-refer for PSI

Post-Sentence Investigation

Location:

Justice Center – 7th floor

Deputy Chief:

James Starks
216-443-7893

Supervisor:

Robert Beck
216-443-8090

Supervisor:

John Bilinski
216-443-7891

Supervisor:

Gary Bolinger
216-443-7898

Supervisor:

Ann Marie Gardner
216-698-2189

Supervisor:

Richard Kraft
216-443-5393

Program Overview

  • Researches and delivers thorough investigation of current offense
  • Provides victim contact and input– investigates restitution information to ensure accurate restitution set-up and processing
  • Completes summary of defendant’s pertinent history (e.g., social, educational, employment, health)
  • Works in conjunction with Court Psychiatric Clinic in completion of Intervention in Lieu of Conviction Report.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Court ordered following sentencing
  • Required for cases involving restitution orders, felony w/ no Pre-Sentence
  • Intervention in Lieu of Conviction assignments

Referral Process

Court orders completion of Post-Sentence Report –Defense attorney delivers written order and defendant (bail cases) to 7th floor.

Sample Journal Entry

Criminal Plea Verdict (CJIS - CMSG333or 332)

Sentencing:

  • Post Sentence Investigation

Or text entry:  The defendant is referred to the Probation Department for completion of a Post-Sentence Investigation Report.  Report to be delivered to the Court by ___________.  (30 day time period)

Certificate of Qualification for Employment (CQE)

Location:

Justice Center – 7th floor

CQE Investigator:

Mary Kimble
216-443-5517

Deputy Chief:

James Starks
216-443-7893

Program Overview

  • ORC 2953.25 - Certificate of Qualification for Employment for persons subject to collateral sanctions - a legal penalty, disability or disadvantage imposed on a person automatically upon conviction for a felony, misdemeanor or other offense, even if not included in the sentence
  • Probation staff person researches and delivers thorough investigation report to the court
  • Report includes summary of Petitioner’s rationale for receiving a CQE
  • County Prosecutor notified of CQE filing
  • Outside jurisdictions notified of CQE filing and outside jurisdiction response provided to the Court
  • Review, status and outcome of CQE petitions are accessible to limited Court staff via ODRC’s online CQE portal
  • Court shall render a decision within 60 days once all information needed is received.

Eligibility Requirements

  • If offense causing collateral sanction is a felony, it must be more than one year since the individual has been released from all sanctions, including incarceration in a state or local facility or any term of supervision imposed for that offense (six months for misdemeanor)
  • CQE Petition must be filed via ODRC’s online CQE portal to initiate the process
  • ODRC must approve the petition, once approved, ODRC forwards approval to move forward into a limited access section of the CQE portal
  • Upon ODRC approval of electronic petition, CQE Petitioner must file the civil case with the Cuyahoga County Clerk of Courts

Referral Process

Court orders completion of Certificate of Qualification for Employment investigation report from Probation.

Sample Journal Entry

Certificate of Qualification for Employment Investigation Report (CJIS-0337_JCQE)

Expungement Reports

Location:

Justice Center – 7th floor

Supervisor:

Robert Beck
216-443-8090

West Side Office Supervisor:

James Toth
216-443-6632

Deputy Chief:

James Starks
216-443-7893

Program Overview

  • Criminal history check conducted
  • Current residency information obtained
  • Compliance with original conditions including financial obligations reported
  • Termination dates of any supervision or confinement provided when available
  • Summary report of eligibility information for sealing of criminal records is provided

Eligibility Requirements

Per ORC 2953.32 and SB 337:

  • One felony and one misdemeanor committed at different time periods OR two misdemeanors that are not the same offense
  • 3 years since release from felony supervision/confinement or 1 year since completion of misdemeanor sentence
  • Investigation required for motion to expunge conviction

Referral Process

Court orders investigation upon receipt of application for expungement.

Sample Journal Entry

Expungement Journal Entry Form

Expungement Report/ Investigation by _____. (45 day time period).