Program Unit

Staff & Responsibilities
The Program Unit of Wright County Court Services consists of 7 full-time agents, 2 case aides, and a unit supervisor. The Program Unit is responsible for implementation of all adult and juvenile programming which includes:
  • Pre- and post-sentence electronic monitoring for adults and juveniles
  • Home detention
  • Bail studies
  • Pre-trial drug / alcohol testing for all levels of offenders including felons
  • Adult group probation
  • Administrative probation
  • Juvenile work crew
  • Adult and juvenile diversions
  • Adult and juvenile community service
Also offered are education classes such as the Awareness Panel for Impaired Drivers, Adolescent Chemical Education (ACE), Adult and Juvenile Choices Programs. Restorative justice programming includes Teen Court, Community Conference, Victim / Offender dialogue, and TruThought.

Program Descriptions
Adolescent Chemical Education Program (ACE)
The ACE program is used to educate youth who have been charged with a chemical offense of the issues and hazards of their choice. It also assists youth in thinking about the choices they can make in the future.

Administrative Probation
Administrative probation is an unsupervised level of probation. An offender is eligible for administrative probation if all court-ordered conditions are met and the defendant is "stable". Every 6 months a criminal history check is completed until probation expiration date.

Adult Group Probation - Odd/Even
Adult group is for low or medium-risk adult offenders. This level of supervision is a method of supervision to increase accountability and encourage successful completion of probationary conditions. To be referred to group, the offender must be low or medium risk. Offenders attend meetings every other month (Odd or Even).

Awareness Panel for Impaired Drivers (APID)
The Awareness Panel for Impaired Drivers (APID) is an educational opportunity created to address adult alcohol offenders. The APID panel consists of speakers who share how alcohol has affected their lives. Offenders are ordered to attend the class at the time of sentencing.

Choices Program for Adults
The Choices Program provides education about the criminal justice system and the effects of being involved in it. It is an opportunity for low-risk adult offenders to evaluate the choice they made to get involved in the criminal justice system.

Choices Program for Juveniles
The Choices Program provides education about the criminal justice system and the effects of being involved in it. It is an opportunity for low-risk juvenile offenders to evaluate the choice they made to get involved in the criminal justice system.

Community Service Work
Community Service is a sentencing option often used as a consequence for adult and juvenile offenders. It may also be used in lieu of fines or jail. It allows offenders to give something back to the community for the harm they have done. Juveniles perform community service on the juvenile work crew or at individual sites as arranged by Court Services. Adults may perform community service work with the Sentence-to-Service Crew or at individual sites as arranged by Court Services. All work must be non-profit.

Juvenile Group Probation
The mission of juvenile group is to supervise low-risk offenders. This level of supervision is a method to hold them accountable, increase accountability, and encourage successful completion of probationary conditions. Juvenile offenders are referred to group and must attend monthly meetings. These meetings are held in an open house format.

Teen Court
The Teen Court Program holds first-time juvenile offenders accountable to a jury of their peers. Participants originate from a criminal charge/ticket but are diverted from the court system to this program.

TruThought
TruThought is a cognitive restructuring program for youth in Wright County. This program assists youth in identifying their thinking errors and helps them identify and plan for making better choices in the future.

Wright County Adult Diversion Program
The Diversion Program offers first-time low-level adult offenders an opportunity for education and programming that hold them accountable for their criminal behavior and reduces the likelihood of future criminal behavior. If the offender is successful, no charges will be filed with the court; it also provides the offender with the benefit of not having the crime on their record.

Wright County Juvenile Diversion Program
The Diversion Program was implemented as an alternative for first time juvenile offenders to hold juveniles accountable yet avoid going through the Court process. The intent of the program is to provide an incentive to change behavior and reduce recidivism among first time offenders. The program provides an opportunity for juveniles and parents to speak with the probation agent openly about the offense, develop a plan, and curb unlawful behavior. The juvenile is placed on probation for 90 days and is required to complete conditions assigned by the probation agent. If after the 90 days probation and the agreed upon conditions are completed, the charge is dismissed and the juvenile keeps a clean record. If the offender does not complete the conditions, the case is referred to juvenile court to be handled in the traditional manner.