Chelsey Chappelle, Division Director
1525 Court St., 1st Floor
Redding, CA 96001
Phone: (530) 245-6200
Fax: (530) 245-6241
The adult division writes pre-sentence investigations for the
Superior Court, supervises convicted felons granted probation, and
operates the adult work program, the domestic violence program, and the
addicted offender program. Some of these programs are described below.
Addicted Offender Program
In January 1995 the Shasta County Court began the Addicted Offenders
Court Supervision Program. The Program is designed for repeat offenders
who are substance abusers. It is for the individual who has not been
able to overcome their addiction utilizing other community resources.
It is for non-violent offenders, who have entered a plea to a felony
and are on or about to be placed on felony probation. The purpose of
the Program, which utilizes a team approach, is to assist offenders who
sincerely want to break the cycle of addiction and become responsible,
law abiding citizens.
The Probation Department, through its Drug Court Coordinator,
evaluates and assesses the appropriateness of individuals applying to
the program. The Drug Court Advisory Committee, consisting of the judge
overseeing the program and a team of professionals, assess the
suitability of the applicant for participation in the program. Once
accepted into the program, the Coordinator provides the necessary
intensive supervision and case management of these individuals,
reporting to the Court and the Advisory Committee on the progress and
status of each participant on a weekly, semi-monthly and monthly basis.
The Coordinator works closely with the Treatment Case Manager
assigned to the program by Shasta County Alcohol and Drug. Through
their efforts and the efforts of the Drug Court Advisory Committee, the
participant is provided with the necessary resources, skills, and
knowledge to lead a productive life without drugs. The program is, on
average, eighteen months to two years in length.
The Shasta County Proposition 36 unit was formed as a result of the
passage of the Substance Abuse Crime Prevention Act of 2000
(Proposition 36), which mandates treatment for non-violent drug
offenders in lieu of jail time. In Shasta County, the Probation
Department, Shasta County Alcohol and Drug (SCAD), and the courts work
very closely together in an effort to provide a well-rounded program
for clients to help assure their successful rehabilitation.
The Court places drug offenders on Probation with specific
conditions that allow them to be searched without warrant and to be
tested for illicit substance use. They are directed by the Court to
report to the Probation Department immediately, as well as to SCAD for
a treatment assessment. The defendant is then ordered by the court to
return to court in 2 weeks to confirm that the defendant has reported
to both Probation and SCAD as directed.
The Prop. 36 Probation Unit and the SCAD are housed next door to
each other. This greatly enhances the defendants' show-up rate for
appointments at both offices. The defendants are then routinely drug
tested and monitored by both SCAD and Probation to ensure they are
staying drug free, are participating in drug treatment, and are
following the orders of the Court. Defendants are scheduled for court
at both the 120 and 240-day marks of their Proposition 36 one-year
If they have successfully completed the requirements of Probation
and SCAD, and all fines and fees have been paid in full, the Court will
dismiss their charges. In Shasta County there are 2 full-time Deputy
Probation Officer, a Probation Assistant, and a Supervising Probation
Officer who oversee in excess of 300 clients.
Persons convicted of either a felony or misdemeanor domestic
violence who are granted probation by the Court are supervised by the
Probation Department for compliance with Court orders, including
completing a one-year batterer program. Many are required to stay-away
from the victim or to pay restitution to the victim.
The Probation Officer and Probation Assistant assigned to these
cases interviews each defendant, provides information on where approved
batterer's programs are located and works with the program providers to
insure each defendant is attending each weekly session as required. In
Shasta County there are over 650 persons on felony or misdemeanor
domestic violence probation.