Per MN Statute 609.02, “Probation” means a court-ordered sanction imposed upon an offender for a period of supervision no greater than that set by statute. It is imposed as an alternative to confinement or in conjunction with confinement or intermediate sanctions. The purpose of probation is to deter further criminal behavior, punish the offender, help provide reparation to crime victims and their communities, and provide offenders with opportunities for rehabilitation. Besides providing supervision, our office also prepares a variety of reports and conducts investigations for the Court.
Pursuant to Minnesota Statute 244.19, and per the order of the Court, Otter Tail County Probation provides supervision to the following:
- Juvenile Offenders
- Adult Misdemeanor Offenders (punishable by up to 90 days jail and $1000 fine)
- Adult Gross Misdemeanor Offenders (punishable by up to 365 days jail and $3000 fine)
- Pretrial release cases
- Diversion cases
Probation Agents monitor an offender’s compliance with Court ordered conditions, which can include, treatment program(s) (chemical dependency, sex offender, domestic abuse, and mental health), restitution payments, community work service hours and abstinence from mood-altering chemicals.
Otter Tail County Probation seeks to provide the best possible corrections services to the communities we serve.