RIDGWAY--On Friday the 59th Judicial District addressed parole and probation revocations at the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway. Billed as a miscellaneous day the courtroom jury docket was awash with orange jumpsuits as inmates at the Elk County Jail were brought before President Judge Shawn T. McMahon to address their cases. For the most part, many of the violations that the Elk County Probation Department reported came back to defendants testing positive for illegal substances while serving probation and parole sentences. This is a violation of the Court Imposed Sanctions (CIS) that many Elk County Probation and Parole defendants are held to account for the length of their probation or parole sentence.
The CIS checklist is lengthy and designed to provide a network to give probationers a clear path to success. Probationers must typically report to a probation officer. These officers are responsible for monitoring probationers, keeping track of their location, regularly meeting with them, and generally making sure the probationer is keeping up with the probation terms. When a person commits a crime that results in monetary or other harm to a victim, the court will usually impose a restitution condition as part of the probation sentence. The probationer must pay money to the victim to compensate for the damage the probationer caused. The amount of restitution differs depending on the amount of damage the victim suffered. Probation conditions might include community service requirements. The court can require a probationer to perform a specific number of hours of volunteer work with an organization that benefits the community.