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State Probation Office

The State Probation office, as part of the Mountain Judicial District, has offices in three counties: Habersham, Stephens, and Rabun. In Habersham County it supervises adult felony and concurrently running misdemeanor probationers; stand-alone misdemeanor probation cases are handled by a private company at the time of this writing (June 2002)

Why is supervision so important?
A "felony" is a major crime punishable by death or imprisonment in a penitentiary. "Probation" is the suspension of all or part of a convicted person's sentence, as long as his/her behavior is satisfactory. Supervision of adult felony probationers helps ensure compliance with acceptable conduct and is, therefore, the basic function of the State Probation Office.

What duties does that involve?
Regular contact with many probationers, based on the level of supervision needed (maximum, high, or standard), is maintained. Drug and alcohol tests, record checks, and DFCS (also called DFACS--Department of Family and Children Services) investigations are also conducted when necessary. Other cases are handled on unsupervised status and in "tolled warrant" (outstanding warrant for arrest for a probationer who can not be found at present) status.

In addition, probation officers' duties include the following:

  • Investigating probation violation complaints and assisting local law enforcement when a probationer is suspected of misconduct
  • Referring probationers for help with education, employment, domestic violence/anger management, or for treatment of substance abuse and sex offenses
  • Collecting court-ordered fines, restitution, and fees
  • Assigning probationers to court-ordered community service and monitoring their progress

The State Probation Office is an essential part of the court system, helping to rehabilitate felony offenders while at the same time providing a measure of protection to the community in general.

Contact Information

Habersham County
Mailing Address: P. O. Box 2556 Clarkesville, GA 30523
Location: 201 Monroe Street Clarkesville, GA 30523
Phone: 706-754-9315 Fax: 706-754-1680

Stephens County
Mailing Address: 115-B West Doyle Street Toccoa, GA 30577
Location: 115-B West Doyle Street Toccoa, GA 30577
Phone: 706-282-4750 Fax: 706-282-4601

Rabun County
Mailing Address: 25 Courthouse Square, Suite 109 Clayton, GA 30525 Location: 25 Courthouse Square, Suite 109 Clayton, GA 30525
Phone: 706-782-4727 Fax: 706-782-4098

B. Scott Chitwood, Chief Probation Officer, Mountain Judicial Circuit


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