While under Piedmont Court Services' supervision, offenders may receive many services including those listed below:
- Offender Supervision
- Random drug/alcohol testing
- Screenings and Risk Assessments
- Treatment & Case Planning
- Referral for inpatient drug and/or alcohol treatment
- Referral for outpatient drug and/or alcohol education and treatment
- Visit to Lunenburg Correctional Center for male offenders
- Visit to the Virginia Correctional Center for Women for female offenders
- Monitoring of medication, assessment, evaluation, and counseling/treatment by community services boards
- Department of Social Services assistance
- GED, Literacy referrals
- Department of Rehabilitative Services assistance
- Job placement referral
- Emergency services (food, clothing, medical)
- In-house education/counseling videos
- Referrals for counseling in domestic relations, as requested by the court
- Referrals for counseling in parenting, as requested by the court
- Parenting Class (in-house)
- Referrals for counseling in anger management
- Shoplifting Prevention In-house Class
- Cognitive Behavior Classes, including Life Skills in-house class
- Financial Management / Job Seeking Skills
- Shoplifter's Alternative Program
- Referral for Short-term detox/Residential treatment-counseling, independent living skills
In FY18-19, Piedmont Court Services supervised offenders who paid a total of $5,687.65 in restitution. Offenders in FY18-19 performed 13,985 hours of community service. This number of hours, based on the $7.25 minimum wage rate is equivalent to $101,391.25 in taxpayer dollars.
From the inception of Piedmont Court Services in October 1983 to June 30, 2019, 3,630 of the 25,428 offenders supervised by Piedmont Court Services were placed under our supervision on more than one occasion. The percentage of those repeat offenders supervised by Piedmont Court Services totaled 14.27% of all probationers placed under our supervision during the past 36 years.
All offenders sentenced pursuant to § 19.2-303.3 of the Code of Virginia shall be considered to be on local probation supervision.
Piedmont Court Services will consider any offender who is sentenced pursuant to Article I (§ 19.2-303.3) of Chapter 18 of Title 19.2 of the Code of Virginia eligible to be placed on local probation supervision.
Certain misdemeanants or persons, who are no younger than 18 years of age or are considered an adult at time of conviction, and may be convicted of non-violent felonies, as defined in 19.2-303.3, 19.2-316.1 and 4.1-305 of Chapter 338 for whom the court may impose a jail sentence and who may require less than institutional custody or who may receive a deferred judgment, no sentence.
Appropriate Supervision Placement means, for the purposes of local probation, an adult offender or one who has been adjudicated as an adult, sentenced to 12 months or less for a Class 1 or 2 misdemeanor or nonviolent felony, and who has been placed under the supervision of a local community-based probation services agency with a sentence suspended in whole or in part, or an a local community-based probation following a deferred proceeding for any Class 1 or 2 misdemeanor offense authorized by state statute.
"Nonviolent" shall be defined as one who does not evidence behavior which indicates the offender's potential for violence is too hazardous to justify a community-based plan or the instant offense did not involve a bodily threat with a criminally defined weapon or result in serious injury. The nature of the current offense and the offender's crinimal history are considered. Pursuant to Section 19.2-316.1, "nonviolent felony" means the exclusion of murder, manslaughter, kidnapping, sexual assault, malicious wounding, robbery, or any attempt to commit any of these crimes.
No offender shall have a demonstrated pattern of violence as reflected in the offender's criminal history; however, the assault and battery placements may be accepted for local probation supervision.
No offender shall have any outstanding criminal charges, detainers, or dispositions which could preclude eventual program participation.
Each offender shall be deemed suitable for program participation by the determination that an appropriate, rational Conditions of Supervision contract can be developed. Each offender shall participate in the development of his/her contract and agree (by signing the contract) to abide by its conditions.
No offender may have medical, psychiatric, or drug/alcohol abuse problems or present treatment needs which go beyond the resources available to the community-based probation services agency. In addition, in order to be recommended for this Piedmont Court Services' community-based probation services agency or for participation in the same, the offender shall pose no threat to the safety of the victim or the community.
Juveniles considered for diversion must be considered an adult, 18 years of age, at the time of the court disposition in order to be eligible for this community-based probation program.
The Piedmont Court Services office serves the nine area counties consisting of Amelia, Appomattox, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway, Powhatan, and Prince Edward, for which the staff of seven Probation Officers and one Director supervises felon and misdemeanant cases.
Piedmont Court Services serves the circuit, general district, juvenile and domestic relations courts, judges and commonwealth's attorneys in this nine county geographical area.
Total Square Miles: 3,397.4
Piedmont Court Services (PCS) was chosen in 2009 by DCJS to be 1 of 20 pilot sites for the implementation of Evidence-Based Practices (EBP).
PCS has on staff 1 National Curriculum & Training Institute (NCTI) certified facilitator. NCTI facilitators provide cognitive-based life skills and offense specific curriculum to offenders. Currently, PCS provides a shoplifting prevention class, financial responsibility class, job-seeking skills class and a parenting class. PCS, also, offers training on the Real Colors® Personality Instrument for staff of DCJS agencies.
In October 1983, Piedmont Court Services was established under a Joint Exercise of Powers resolution. By resolution of all participating counties, the Piedmont Court Services office in Farmville, Virginia was established to serve the nine (9) counties of Amelia, Appomattox, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway, Powhatan and Prince Edward. Piedmont Court Services administered the Community Diversion Incentive (CDI) Act.
The CDI Act authorized the Department of Corrections to provide direct funding to counties and cities to develop, establish and maintain programs for the purpose of providing the judicial system with sentencing alternatives for certain non-violent offenders. These offenders may have required less than incarceration but more than offenders whose primary need was treatment. Inherent in the success of the program was the screening and acceptance of appropriate non-violent adult offenders and the swift return of uncooperative offenders to the court.
On July 1, 1992, Piedmont Court Services added a second Community Corrections Resources Board (CCRB), which was served by the Halifax and Boydton CDI offices responsible for Halifax, Pittsylvania and Mecklenburg counties. Until July 1, 1995, Piedmont Court Services was comprised of three boards: the Executive Board and the Community Corrections Resources Boards (CCRB) I and II.
The Executive Board established policy and administered the CDI program. Its membership consisted of the General District Court judges or representatives appointed by the judges. Another key component of CDI was the voluntary citizens-based Community Corrections Resources Board (CCRB). Its membership was composed of representatives of each county Board of Supervisors, and one representative of the Department of Corrections. Additionally, each Circuit Court judge appointed a representative. The CCRB received felon referrals from the appropriate judge, obtained diagnostic evaluations, as necessary, and provided recommendations to the judge regarding the non-violent offender's ability to benefit from an alternative to incarceration. The offender's individualized treatment plan and stated CDI obligations accompanied the CCRB's recommendations. The sentencing judge determined the success or failure to complete the program based on CDI staff recommendations.
The Piedmont Court Services office located in Farmville and it's CCRB were responsible for the nine (9) counties of Amelia, Appomattox, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway, Powhatan and Prince Edward.
As a result of 1995 state legislation, entitled the "Comprehensive Community Corrections Act (CCCA) for Locally Responsible Offenders," the CCRBs statewide were abolished effective July 1, 1995. Since July 1, 1995, the funding for the CCCA agencies has been provided by the Department of Criminal Justice Services by means of grants. A requirement of the CCCA legislation was that a Community Criminal Justice Board (CCJB), an advisory board, be organized for every catchment area that has a CCCA agency. The CCJB for Piedmont Court Services is the Piedmont Community Criminal Justice Board and consists of 25 individuals, some of whom hold the legislatively-mandated positions, i.e., judges, a sheriff, commonwealth's attorney, defense attorney, and jail administrator. Individuals are appointed by the Boards of Supervisors in this multi-jurisdiction which is currently composed of the nine (9) counties of Amelia, Appomattox, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway, Powhatan, and Prince Edward.
Piedmont Court Services has both intern and volunteer positions. Piedmont Court Services welcomes students from Hampden-Sydney College, Longwood University, Southside Virginia Community College and other colleges/universities to participate in their internship program. The internship experience is designed to be a meaningful learning opportunity, providing the intern with transferable skills. The internship program is designed to be an extension of the intern’s educational environment. Participating in the same way as do interns, volunteers who are not required to complete a college internship are welcome. Please contact Connie Stimpson at 434-392-8161 or firstname.lastname@example.org for an application.
While working at PCS under the supervision of a Probation Officer, the Office Manager or the Director, an Intern/Volunteer should be able to:
- Report to work promptly adhering to the agreed-upon schedule of days and times
- Attend Circuit, General District, and Juvenile and Domestic Relations courts
- Complete the intake process and organize case files
- Gain experience in case management, including the documentation of offender progress, referrals, court testimony and the collection of payments
- Meet with offenders in the office and field
- Prepare correspondence to local courts
- Prepare monthly progress reports on offenders
- Observe random drug and alcohol testing
- Compile data for Annual Reports and other reports as requested
- Assist with special projects, i.e.: Annual Report, purging of fiscal year files
- Maintain a Daily Log of learning experiences, tasks completed
To qualify for an internship with Piedmont Court Services, an applicant must:
- Complete the Application for College Internship/Volunteer form and, when confirmed as an intern or volunteer, the Statement of Acceptance form
- Interview for the internship/volunteer experience
- Understand that this is an unpaid internship and there is no guarantee of future employment
- Establish a dependable work schedule
- Adhere to the rules and regulations of the PCS office; possess courtroom demeanor
- Wear professional attire
- Not be in possession of any narcotic, illegal substance
- Not be in possession of or use any firearms or other weapons
Senior Probation Officer
Piedmont Court Services Local Probation. Responsible for training, direct oversight and evaluation of Probation Officers and performs case management duties; performs related work as requested. Work is performed with considerable independence and initiative, subject to general administrative direction and policy guidance from the Director. Supervises a caseload of adult offenders. Assists the Director with various administrative duties related to agency compliance with State standards. This individual demonstrates thorough and comprehensive knowledge of agency functions and standards as well as of community resources. Supervision is received from the Director. Experience required: 3-5 years as a Local Probation Officer, considerable experience with the DCJS PTCC case management system, VCIN certified. Bachelor’s degree required. Salary: DOQ. + co. benefits. Flexible hours. A Piedmont Court Services’ application is avail. at 1012-G West Third Street, Farmville, by calling 434-392-8161,or at the PCS Application link (see right column). Deadline: Until filled. EOE.
Piedmont Court Services Local Probation. Responsible for supervising misdemeanor & felon cases, court attendance/testimony, documentation of adult nonviolent probationer progress, compliance with state standards, conducting risk assessments. Detail oriented. Office/field visits required. Use of personal car required. Assigned to any of nine counties served, including Prince Edward County. Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required. Experience in case management of probationers preferred. Beginning salary $35,700. + county benefits. A Piedmont Court Services' application is available at 1012-G West Third Street, Farmville, by calling 434-392-8161, or at the PCS Application link (see right column). Deadline: Until filled. EOE.
Probation / Intake Officer
Piedmont Court Services Local Probation. Responsible for conducting intakes on new cases & supervising a misdemeanor & felon caseload. Court attendance/testimony, documentation of probationer progress, compliance with state standards, conducting risk assessments required. Detail oriented. Use of personal car required. Assigned to any of nine counties served, including Prince Edward County. Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required. Experience in case management or probationers preferred. Beginning salary $35,700 + County benefits. A Piedmont Court Services' application is available at 1012-G West Third Street, Farmville, by calling 434-392-8161, or at the PCS Application link (see right column). Deadline: Until filled. EOE.
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