Purpose | Objectives
The Baton Rouge City Court Probation Division began in September 1970
as a pilot improvement corrections program for misdemeanor offenders. At its inception,
the division was financed by federal funds made available through the Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice Administration. Upon termination of federal funding in 1973, provision
was made by the City of Baton Rouge for continuation of the program through a special
revenue fund designated as "City Court Judicial Expense Fund." Revenue for this
fund was based upon court costs, levied by Baton Rouge City Court in addition to fines,
and/or forfeitures in all criminal matters including DWI and traffic violations. Effective
January 1, 1999, funding was provided by the City of Baton Rouge General Fund.
The division has received extensive recognition as a model
misdemeanor probation department and has been called upon frequently by other courts
and law enforcement agencies to assist in the development and improvement of established
misdemeanor probation divisions.
The function of the Probation Division of Baton Rouge City Court is
to provide a full-time adult probation and rehabilitation program for misdemeanor
criminal, traffic and misdemeanor DWI offenders referred to the division by the Judges of
Baton Rouge City Court. The division
provides the Court with a structured correctional and crime prevention program aimed at
reduction of misdemeanor offenses by application of intensive supervision, treatment and
education of offenders as opposed to the traditional correctional methods of fines and/or
Provide uniform services to the courts that are consistent with the policy, rules and
procedures of the division and consistent with applicable laws and court decisions.
Develop and maintain a mutual working relationship with all agencies in the criminal
justice system and respective referral agencies in the community.
Maintain a cooperative working relationship with outside courts in the handling of
referrals and the sharing of appropriate information.
Provide the courts with pre-sentence investigation reports with recommendations for
sentencing alternatives that address the rehabilitation of the offenders and the safety of
Provide protection of society through the rehabilitation of offenders and through prompt
recommendations for confinement of offenders who exhibit behavior that is a serious threat
to themselves or others.
Fully utilize all available community resources in helping offenders and providing
opportunities for their readjustment and re-integration into the community.
Help offenders become positive functioning members of the community who can cope with
their environments in beneficial, legal and socially acceptable manners.
Provide the courts with accurate comprehensive reports regarding referrals and/or
Provide the courts with written reports and/or terminations regarding the activities and
recommended termination statuses of offenders referred for probation supervision.
Provide active home-arrest electronic monitoring of offenders.
Provide education and sponsor informative programs for offenders and the community which
are focused on rehabilitation and crime prevention.
For additional information, contact Carlene Woods, Chief of Probation at (225)