Frequently Asked Questions:

This FAQ is to give a brief overview of common questions related to probation.  This is not a substitute for legal advice, nor should it be used that way.  If you need legal advice on a matter, contact an attorney. 

What is Iowa Courts Online?

Iowa Courts Online is a public site to look up all cases created within Iowa.  This is available to anyone and is free for general information. Charges are public domain.

What is Probation?

Probation is court-order supervision through which an offender is placed under the supervision, and care of a probation field staff member in lieu of imprisonment, so long as the probation meets certain standards of conduct. Probationers need to complete all requirements set forth by the court and meet regularly with a Probation Supervisor.

What is Parole?

Parole refers to the term of supervision that occurs once offenders are conditionally released to the community after serving a prison term. Parolees are subject to being returned to jail or prison for rule violations or other offenses. Currently, BCP does not supervise parolees.

Who Should be Placed on Probation?

The easy answer to who should be placed on probation is that most non-violent offenders are good candidates for probation. Many jurisdictions have a variety of offenders on probation (e.g., property offenders, domestic abusers, felony offenders, and misdemeanor offenders). It all boils down to what is the capacity of the individual jurisdiction, what will the community tolerate, state statutes, resource availability, etc. How well someone does on probation depends on how well the offenders needs are assessed, how well they are supervised and what resources the agency has available to assist in their supervision and rehabilitation. 

What does Deferred Judgement Mean?

Deferred judgment is a sentencing option whereby both the adjudication of guilt and the imposition of a sentence are deferred by the court. The court retains the power to pronounce judgment and impose sentence subject to the defendant’s compliance with conditions set by the court as a requirement of the deferred judgment.

What is the Goal of Probation?

The goal of probation is to rehabilitate the offender, provide accountability for criminal behavior while keeping the public safe from further offenses.

When is a Person Released From Probation?

Probation terms are court-ordered. For a person to successfully complete probation, they must complete all requirements of the court-order. Probation officers may impose additional restrictions they feel are reasonable and will aid in the rehabilitation of their client. The Probation Supervisor requests a dismissal from the court when all elements of the probation contract and court order have been met.