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The MPOU is located at 2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, S.E., Balcony Level, East Tower, Atlanta, Georgia 30334.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/105-2-.02" name="105-2-.02" title="105-2-.02">Rule 105-2-.02 Purpose and Authority</a></h2> <P>The Misdemeanor Probation Oversight Unit (MPOU) is authorized to register misdemeanor probation entities and individuals, conduct audits to determine compliance, and investigate potential violations of laws and/or rules. There shall be a director of the Misdemeanor Probation Oversight Unit who shall be appointed by the Commissioner. The director shall oversee the Unit and have authority, with the concurrence of the Commissioner, to impose sanctions for violations and to otherwise carry out the laws and rules in regard to misdemeanor probation supervision.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/105-2-.03" name="105-2-.03" title="105-2-.03">Rule 105-2-.03 Definitions</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.03(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of the Department of Community Supervision.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.03(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Director" shall mean the director of Misdemeanor Probation Oversight for Department of Community Supervision.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.03(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Entity Director" shall mean the director of a probation entity.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.03(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Governing Authority" shall mean the elected body of any county or municipality or consolidated government with statutory power to enter into written contracts with corporations, enterprises or agencies to provide public services.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.03(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Individuals" shall mean any entity director, owner, agent, probation officer, administrative employee, intern, or volunteer that provide services for a probation entity.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.03(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Probationer" shall mean any misdemeanor offender sentenced by a court and assigned probation for supervision, counseling, financial collections of any kind, and compliance with any other court-ordered condition.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.03(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Probation Entity" shall mean any private corporation, private enterprise, or private agency contracting to provide misdemeanor probation supervision services and/or county, municipality, or consolidated government probation office contracting to provide misdemeanor probation supervision services.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.03(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Probation Officer" shall mean any private, public, governmental officer, that provides supervision of probationers.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.03(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Service Agreement" shall mean any contracts between by the governing authority and the chief judge to provide probation services for that governmental district.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.03(j)">(j)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Judicial officer" shall mean any person employed or providing service to a court.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.03(k)">(k)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Owner" shall mean the owner of a private probation entity with access to probation records.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.03(l)">(l)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Pay Only" shall mean any case that does not have any special conditions or restitution except for fine and surcharge collection unless otherwise noted on the sentence.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.03(m)">(m)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Regular probation fee or ordinary supervision fee" shall mean the contracted amount that shall be collected by the provider solely for probation supervision.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/105-2-.04" name="105-2-.04" title="105-2-.04">Rule 105-2-.04 Rule Registration</a></h2> <P>All probation entities or individuals are required to submit registration to and be approved by MPOU, as well as re-register as often as necessary to maintain current, up-to-date information. Registration is required to be approved prior to engaging in or providing services to a court and shall be made in such detail as MPOU may require. The failure or refusal to register or re-register as required shall subject the probation entity or individuals to sanctions provided in these rules.</P> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.04(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The following shall be ineligible for registration: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.04(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any applicant whose registration approval has ever been revoked for falsifying probation entity records.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.04(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any applicant whose registration approval has been revoked for any other reason within the 5 year period prior to application will not be approved to operate a new probation entity.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.04(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any applicant who has a history of non-compliance with requirements as evidenced by at least 3 previous notices of noncompliance, suspension(s) or administrative fine(s).</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/105-2-.05" name="105-2-.05" title="105-2-.05">Rule 105-2-.05 Probation Entity Registration and Approval Requirements</a></h2> <P>No probation entity may operate without first registering and being approved by MPOU as set forth herein.</P> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.05(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Registration application. All registration applications must be submitted as required and approved by MPOU, and must be truthful, accurate, and complete.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.05(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Initial approval. After receipt of a completed registration evidencing that all owners and/or the entity director have met the qualifications set forth by law and in these rules and that other probation entity requirements are met, MPOU shall approve the probation entity. MPOU shall respond within 15 business days with approval of registration, a deficiency statement, or a notice that additional time is required. Applicants shall have 10 days to cure deficiencies. If deficiencies are not cured within the 10 days, the registration application shall be deemed denied.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.05(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Ongoing approval. Once initially approved, a probation entity shall remain approved as long as it remains in compliance with applicable laws and rules. MPOU may require that certain documents and information be updated on a periodic basis to verify continuing compliance with requirements. Such documents shall include, but not be limited to, financial records as they pertain to the assessment, collection, and disbursement of court-ordered monies, contract renewal or termination information, employee training records, criminal history record information, insurance information (private probation entities only), and updated court listings/contracts.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.05(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Additional information for verification. MPOU may require any applicant or approved probation entity to submit additional information or verification that is reasonably related to making a determination regarding initial approval or continued compliance with requirements.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.05(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Compliance with Immigration Act: All owners and/or entity directors must comply with the 2011 Immigration Act per O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=50-36-1&amp;title=50#" target="_newtab">50-36-1</a>. All owners and/or entity directors are required to submit a lawful presence affidavit at the request of MPOU.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.05(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Non-transferability of registration approval. Approval of a probation entity is not transferable. Application for new (initial) registration approval must be submitted and approved prior to any change in probation entity ownership or control. All new owners, entity directors, or agents must meet the requirements set forth by law and these rules.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.05(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Validity of registration approval. All registration approvals issued pursuant to the laws and regulations are valid only so long as the entity director and/or owner of record is actively engaged in the operation of a probation entity. In the event the director and/or owner of record ceases to be actively engaged in the operation of a probation entity, MPOU must be notified. Inactivity of a probation entity for a period of 3 months shall cause the entity's registration to lapse. Application may be made to MPOU for an extension of time, which may be granted at the discretion of MPOU.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.05(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Voluntary withdrawal of registration. Any owner and/or entity director may voluntarily withdraw their registration for operation as a misdemeanor probation provider by submitting notice to MPOU; provided, however, that said probation entity does not have any pending complaints, investigations, or MPOU action. Notice of Withdrawal of Registration may be submitted via certified mail to the principal address of MPOU noted in Rule <a title="105-2-.01" href="105-2-.01">105-2-.01</a> or by specific direction of the Director of MPOU.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.05(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No probation entity may use any name like, or deceptively similar to, a name used by any other probation entity in this state. No probation entity may use the word "state" in any part of its name as to suggest that it is owned, operated, or endorsed by the State of Georgia.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/105-2-.06" name="105-2-.06" title="105-2-.06">Rule 105-2-.06 Individual Registration and Approval Requirements</a></h2> <P>No individual will provide services to probation entities without first registering and being approved by MPOU as set forth herein.</P> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.06(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Registration application. Registration applications for all individuals are required to be submitted as required and approved by MPOU, and must be truthful, accurate, and complete.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.06(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Initial approval. After receipt of a completed registration evidencing that all individuals have the qualifications set forth by law and these rules and that other requirements are met, MPOU shall respond within 15 days with approval of registration, denial, or deficiency statement. Applicants shall have 10 days to cure deficiencies. If deficiencies are not cured within the 10 days, the registration application shall be deemed denied.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.06(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Ongoing approval. Once initially approved individuals shall remain approved as long as they remain in compliance with applicable laws and rules. MPOU may require that certain documents and information be submitted on a periodic basis to verify continuing compliance with requirements.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.06(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Additional information for verification. MPOU may require any applicant or approved individuals to submit additional information or verification that is reasonably related to making a determination regarding initial approval or continued compliance with requirements.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.06(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Non-transferability of registration approval. Approval of individuals is not transferable. Application for new (initial) registration approval must be submitted prior to any change of an individual which must meet the requirements set forth in these rules.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.06(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Validity of registration approval. All registration approvals issued pursuant to the laws and regulations are valid only so long as the individual of record is actively engaged in the operation of a probation entity. In the event the individual of record ceases to be actively engaged in the operation of a probation entity, MPOU must be notified.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/105-2-.07" name="105-2-.07" title="105-2-.07">Rule 105-2-.07 Limitations on Who Can Operate or be Employed by a Probation Entity</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.07(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No probation entity nor any individuals of such entities shall engage in any other employment, business, or activity which interferes or conflicts with the duties and responsibilities under contracts authorized in this article.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.07(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No probation entity nor its individuals shall have personal or business dealings, including the lending of money, with probationers under their supervision.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.07(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No probation entity nor its individuals, shall own, operate, have any financial interest in, be an instructor at, or be employed by any private entity which provides drug or alcohol education services or offers a DUI Alcohol or Drug Use Risk Reduction Program certified by the Department of Driver Services.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.07(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No probation entity nor its individuals shall specify, directly or indirectly, a particular DUI Alcohol or Drug Use Risk Reduction Program which a probationer may or shall attend. This paragraph shall not prohibit furnishing any probationer, upon request, with the names of certified DUI Alcohol or Drug Use Risk Reduction Programs. Any person violating this paragraph shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.07(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No judicial officer, probation officer, law enforcement officer, or other officer or employee of a court; no person who owns, operates, or is employed by a probation entity and no professional bondsman or agent or employee thereof shall specify, directly or indirectly, a particular provider center which the person may or shall utilize when required. This subsection shall not prohibit any judicial officer, probation officer, law enforcement officer, or other officer or employee of a court; owner or entity director of a probation entity; or professional bondsman or agent or employee thereof from furnishing any person, upon request, the names of certified provider centers.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.07(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No probation entity or its individuals or professional bondsman or agent or employee thereof shall be authorized to own, operate, or be employed by a provider center.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.07(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No probation entity or its individuals shall own or control any finance business or lending institution which makes loans to probationers under its supervision.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.07(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No probation officer or individual shall simultaneously act as an interpreter for any judicial proceedings.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.07(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All probation individuals must report secondary employment or volunteer obligations to the Entity Director for approval.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.07(j)">(j)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No individual shall direct, own, or be an employee, agent, intern, or volunteer of a probation entity if the individual or individual's spouse would pose an actual, potential, or apparent conflict of interest due to the existence of a fiduciary, business or personal relationship with any probationer or due to the existence of any other relationship that would place the individual in a position to exert undue influence, exploit, take undue advantage of or breach the confidentiality of any probationer. Further, judicial officers, individual employees, or any spouse thereof, shall not direct, own, or be an employee, agent, intern, or volunteer of a private probation entity.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.07(k)">(k)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The failure to adhere to any of the limitations in (a) through (j) above shall subject the probation entity or individual to sanctions as provided in these rules.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/105-2-.08" name="105-2-.08" title="105-2-.08">Rule 105-2-.08 Service Agreements</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.08(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Private and Governmental Probation Service Agreement. All owners and/or entity directors are required to enter into a written service agreement with the local governing authority for each court that it plans to provide misdemeanor probation supervision services to. Each service agreement must be approved by the chief judge of each such court. A signed copy of each service agreement must be filed and maintained current with MPOU prior to providing probation supervision services. Probation entity service agreements must minimally contain the following information and must be filed and maintained current with MPOU: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.08(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Description of the extent of services to be rendered by the probation entity to include scope of work;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.08(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Individual qualifications which meet or exceed the statute;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.08(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Criminal records checks completed on all individuals in accordance with laws and these rules;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.08(a)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Policies and procedures for individual training;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.08(a)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Private Probation Entities Only-Liability Insurance ($1 Million) and Bonding of staff (at least $25,000);</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.08(a)6.">6.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Staffing levels and standards of supervision, including the type and frequency of contacts, and staff to probationer ratio;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.08(a)7.">7.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Collection procedures for handling court-ordered fines, fees, and restitution;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.08(a)8.">8.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Procedures for handling indigent probationers, pay only cases, and consecutive sentences; </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.08(a)9.">9.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Revocation procedures and circumstances;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.08(a)10.">10.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Reporting and record keeping procedures;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.08(a)11.">11.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Default and contract termination procedures with specific expiration date not to exceed 5 years unless authorized by statute; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.08(a)12.">12.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A schedule of probation fees and charges assessed to the probationers supervised by the probation entity. The schedule should include all fees required by law or these rules.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.08(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Service agreements are required to meet the standards in these rules and O.C.G.A. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=42-8-101&amp;title=42#" target="_newtab">42-8-101</a> by January 1, 2018. Service agreements in existence prior to December 31, 2017 must be in compliance with laws and rules in effect prior to that time.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.08(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The failure to adhere to the Service Agreement standards shall subject the probation entity or individuals to sanctions as provided in these rules.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/105-2-.09" name="105-2-.09" title="105-2-.09">Rule 105-2-.09 Requirements for All Probation Entities and Individuals</a></h2> <P>All individuals who provide service to probationers, or has access to probation records, or who has telephone or face-to-face contact with probationers under Georgia supervision, or access to probationer data, is required to be registered and approved by MPOU, to sign a confidentiality statement agreeing to hold probation records confidential and to be maintained in the individual's personnel file, have a clear criminal record, and to meet the following specific requirements:</P> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.09(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Entity Directors and Owners Requirements. To be approved to operate a probation entity, owners and/or directors must have the qualifications set forth below. These qualifications must be demonstrated at the time of registration and at any other time reasonably requested by MPOU. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.09(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Initial Qualifications of Probation Entity. Upon application for registration approval to operate a probation entity, the applicant must include at least one employed person who is responsible for the direct supervision of probation officers. This supervisor shall have a minimum of 5 years' experience in one or a combination of the following: corrections counseling, parole officer, or probation officer. In its discretion, MPOU may approve experience not listed above.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.09(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Ongoing Qualifications of Probation Entities. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.09(a)2.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Maintain a clear criminal record;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.09(a)2.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Ensure each individual completes continuing education;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.09(a)2.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Maintain continued employment of probation officer supervisor and;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.09(a)2.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Adhere to all other requirements established in these rules.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.09(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Change of location. The owner and/or entity director must notify MPOU prior to any change in the location of the primary entity location or address.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.09(a)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Change of contact information. The owner and/or entity director must notify MPOU of any change in the probation entity's telephone number, email, or other pertinent contact information within 3 business days.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.09(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Probation Officers Requirements. To be employed as a probation officer with a probation entity the following shall be required: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.09(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Initial Qualifications of Probation Officers. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.09(b)1.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.09(b)1.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Complete a standard 2 year college course of study or 90 quarter hours or 60 semester hours from an accredited institution or have four years of law enforcement experience as a certified peace officer or jurisdictional equivalent, at the time of appointment. Any private probation officer who was employed as of July 1, 1996 and who had at least 6 months of experience as a private probation officer, or any person employed as a probation officer by a county, municipality, or consolidated government as of March 1, 2006, shall be exempt from such college requirements. Documentation of education, law enforcement experience, and POST certification shall be maintained in the probation officer's personnel files;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.09(b)1.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Complete a 40 hour initial orientation program within 6 months of appointment, and 20 hour annual in-service continuing education training program, consisting of a curriculum approved by MPOU. Training documentation shall be maintained in the probation officer's file and;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.09(b)1.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Sign a statement co-signed by the probation entity director or his/her designee that the probation officer has received an orientation on these rules as well as operations guidelines relevant to the probation officer's job duties which shall be maintained in the probation officer's personnel files.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.09(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Ongoing qualifications of Probation Officers. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.09(b)2.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Maintain a clear criminal record;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.09(b)2.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Ensure each individual completes continuing education and;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.09(b)2.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Adhere to all other requirements established in these rules.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.09(b)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Change of contact information. All probation officers must notify MPOU of any change in his/her address, telephone number, email, or other pertinent contact information within 3 business days.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.09(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Administrative Employee, Agent, Intern, or Volunteer Requirements. To work with a probation entity in any capacity, the following shall be required: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.09(c)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Initial qualifications of Administrative Employee, Agent, Intern, or Volunteer. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.09(c)1.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Be at least 18 years of age;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.09(c)1.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Sign a statement co-signed by the probation entity director or his/her designee that the administrative employee, agent, intern, or volunteer has received an orientation on these rules as well as operations guidelines relevant to the administrative employee, agent, intern, or volunteer's job duties which shall be maintained in administrative employee, agent, intern, or volunteer's personnel files;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.09(c)1.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> High School diploma or equivalent and;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.09(c)1.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Complete a 16 hour initial orientation program within 6 months of appointment and 8 hour annual in-service continuing education training program, consisting of a curriculum approved by MPOU.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.09(c)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Ongoing qualifications Administrative Employee, Agent, Intern, or Volunteer. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.09(c)2.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Maintain a clear criminal record;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.09(c)2.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Ensure each individual completes continuing education and;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.09(c)2.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Adhere to all other requirements established in these rules.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.09(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The failure to adhere to the above requirements shall subject the probation entity or individual to sanctions as provided in these rules.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/105-2-.10" name="105-2-.10" title="105-2-.10">Rule 105-2-.10 Background Checks Required for All Individuals (directors and/or owners, probation officers, administrative employees, agents, interns, or volunteers)</a></h2> <P>All individuals of a probation entity are required to have a criminal background check completed by the Department of Community Supervision in accordance with O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=35-3-34&amp;title=35#" target="_newtab">35-3-34</a>. MPOU may also require criminal records checks at any point during employment, registration, compliance audits, or complaints. MPOU shall report to the probation entity the results of the criminal background checks for all individuals associated with that probation entity.</P> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.10(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Probation entities are responsible for fingerprinting new individuals through GAPS within 10 days of hire.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.10(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All individuals of a probation entity are required to report any arrests within 48 hours to MPOU and the director of the employing entity.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.10(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No person may fill any of the positions listed above who has engaged in any of the following conduct: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.10(c)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Intentionally falsified, misrepresented, or omitted pertinent information while completing the employment application, preliminary interview questionnaires, polygraph or any other pre-employment document(s);</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.10(c)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Deliberately made inaccurate, misleading, false, or fraudulent statements during the employment process;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.10(c)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Failed to meet required educational or professional licensing or certification (if applicable);</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.10(c)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Has any felony conviction;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.10(c)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Has any outstanding misdemeanor or felony charge pending adjudication;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.10(c)6.">6.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Has sufficient misdemeanor convictions to establish a pattern of disregard for the law;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.10(c)7.">7.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Engaged in any crime of a serious or aggravated nature;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.10(c)8.">8.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Convicted or plead nolo contendere within the past three (3) years for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol (DUI) or for any serious traffic offense, including, but not limited to: Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer, Vehicular Homicide, Failure to Stop, Render Aid, or Leave Information, and Racing;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.10(c)9.">9.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Has 5 or more convictions and/or pleas of nolo contendere within the past 2 years for any moving violations;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.10(c)10.">10.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Ongoing criminal activity or history of criminal activity other than minor traffic offenses;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.10(c)11.">11.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Completed first offender sentence for an offense that indicates a security risk;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.10(c)12.">12.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Engaged in any illegal drug use within the past 12 months;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.10(c)13.">13.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any pattern of marijuana use that suggests un-rehabilitated substance abuse;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.10(c)14.">14.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any pattern of drug use, other than marijuana, that suggests unrehabilitated substance abuse within the past 3 years;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.10(c)15.">15.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Illegal sale, distribution or manufacturing (to include growing) of any drug;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.10(c)16.">16.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Deliberate association of a personal nature within the past year with persons who use illegal drugs in the presence of the applicant;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.10(c)17.">17.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Use of any prescription drug or legally obtainable substance in a manner for which it was not intended and/or;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.10(c)18.">18.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Under sanction by Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T).</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/105-2-.11" name="105-2-.11" title="105-2-.11">Rule 105-2-.11 General Probation Responsibilities</a></h2> <P>In addition to meeting all other requirements, probation entities and individuals are responsible for the following:</P> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.11(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Providing services for the supervision, and collection of court-ordered fines of probationers assigned to the probation entity by the court in accordance with the service agreement;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.11(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The actions of all employees carried out within the scope of employment, whether they are characterized as employees, agents, interns, volunteers, or independent contractors (Applicable to Entity owners/directors only);</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.11(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Prohibiting the solicitation of probationers for insurance, legal services, bail bonds, specific clinical evaluations or treatment providers, or any other product or service;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.11(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Ensuring the quality of case management, case notes, case status, special conditions, and execution of all court orders in a professional and timely manner;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.11(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Being accountable to the court in reporting the status of probation cases assigned to the probation entity for supervision;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.11(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Prohibiting solicitation, and/or the requirement of advanced payment of probation supervision fees;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.11(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Abiding by statute in reference to treatment of indigent probationers and revocation requirements per O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=42-8-102&amp;title=42#" target="_newtab">42-8-102</a>;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.11(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Abiding by statute in reference to pay only cases per O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=42-8-103&amp;title=42#" target="_newtab">42-8-103</a>;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.11(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Abiding by statute in reference to consecutive misdemeanor sentences per O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=42-8-103.1&amp;title=42#" target="_newtab">42-8-103.1</a>;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.11(j)">(j)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Abiding by statute in reference to the tolling of misdemeanor sentences per O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=42-8-105&amp;title=42#" target="_newtab">42-8-105</a> and;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.11(k)">(k)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The failure to adhere to these responsibilities shall subject the probation entity or individuals to sanctions as provided in these rules.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/105-2-.12" name="105-2-.12" title="105-2-.12">Rule 105-2-.12 Training and Individual Development</a></h2> <P>The primary objective of MPOU training curriculum is to ensure that individuals receive sufficient training to enable them to provide probation services that are professional, competent and efficient. To satisfy these training requirements, the curricula are required to be submitted to MPOU for approval. The following training is required:</P> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.12(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Probation Officer Initial Orientation Training. All probation officers providing probation services are required to obtain 40 hours of initial orientation training as set forth below. Probation officers with evidence of satisfactorily completing a probation or parole officer basic course of training certified by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council are exempt from the 40-hour initial orientation training requirement. Initial training of new probation officers shall be completed within the first 6 months of employment. All directors/owner must also complete the probation officer training if providing supervision services. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.12(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Probation Officer Orientation Curriculum <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.12(a)1.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A 5-hour block of instruction covering General Probation Overview and consisting of: The History of Probation, Ethics and Professionalism, Probation Officer Liabilities and Responsibilities, Constitutional Law, and Probation Law;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.12(a)1.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A 20-hour block of instruction covering Probationer Management and consisting of: Confidentiality, Intake, Preparation and Maintenance of Files, Case Documentation, Interviewing and Communication Skills, Available Sentencing Options, Financial Collections, Community Service, Alcohol and Substance Abuse, and Personal Welfare and Safety; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.12(a)1.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A 15-hour block of instruction covering Legal Procedures and Reports and consisting of: General Report Writing Techniques, Violations, Delinquency Reports and Warrants, Courtroom Protocol, Testimony and Revocation Proceedings, First Offender Act, Case Termination Reports, Domestic Violence, and Statutory Changes and Updates.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.12(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Probation Officer Annual In-Service. All probation officers are required to obtain 20 hours of annual in-service training. In-service training shall be completed on a calendar year basis. The initial orientation training hours completed during the first calendar year of employment shall also count towards satisfying the annual in-service training requirements for that same period. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.12(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Annual In-Service Training shall be on topics that relate to the criminal justice system and/or the operation of the probation entity as approved by MPOU.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.12(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Administrative Employee Agent, Intern, or Volunteer Initial Orientation Training. All Administrative Employee, Agent, Intern, or Volunteer are required to obtain 16 hours of initial orientation training. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.12(c)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Administrative Employee, Agent, Intern, or Volunteer Orientation Curriculum. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.12(c)1.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A 4-hour block of instruction covering: The History of Probation, Ethics and Professionalism, Probation Officer Liabilities and Responsibilities, Constitutional Law, and Probation Law;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.12(c)1.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A 8-hour block of instruction covering Probationer Management and consisting of: Confidentiality, Intake, Preparation and Maintenance of Files, Case Documentation, Interviewing and Communication Skills, Available Sentencing Options, Financial Collections, Community Service, Alcohol and Substance Abuse, and Personal Welfare and Safety; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.12(c)1.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A 4-hour block of instruction covering Legal Procedures and Reports and consisting of: General Report Writing Techniques, Violations, Delinquency Reports and Warrants, Courtroom Protocol, Testimony and Revocation Proceedings, First Offender Act, Case Termination Reports, Domestic Violence, and Statutory Changes and Updates.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.12(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Administrative Employee, Agent, Intern, or Volunteer Annual In-Service Training. All Administrative Employee, Agent, Intern, or Volunteer will obtain 8 hours of annual in-service training. In-service training shall be completed on a calendar year basis. The initial orientation training hours completed during the first calendar year of employment shall also count towards satisfying the annual in-service training requirements for that same period. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.12(d)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Annual In-Service Training shall be on topics that relate to the criminal justice system and/or the operation of the probation entity as approved by MPOU.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.12(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Training Responsibilities. The progress and completion of initial orientation and in-service training is required to be documented and maintained in the individual's files utilizing the forms approved by MPOU.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.12(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Training Resources. Probation entities and individuals providing probation services may obtain training resource information from MPOU, local law enforcement agencies, local colleges and schools, and national professional associations such as the American Probation and Parole Association, Georgia Professional Association of Community Supervision, American Correctional Association, and/or credible sources approved by MPOU. All training must be approved by MPOU.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.12(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Trainer Requirement. Trainers will have expertise in the area of training. A college degree or POST certification is preferred. Probation entities shall maintain a description of the course and the contact information of the trainer on file. Training provided by professional training services shall be accepted so long as a description of the course and the trainer's contact information is maintained on file and has been approved by MPOU.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.12(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The failure to adhere to these training requirements shall subject the probation entity and/or individuals to sanctions as provided in these rules.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/105-2-.13" name="105-2-.13" title="105-2-.13">Rule 105-2-.13 Probation Entity Reports</a></h2> <P>All probation entities shall provide the judge and MPOU with a quarterly probation entityactivity report in such detail as the judge and MPOU may require.</P> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.13(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Probation entity quarterly activity reports shall be submitted within 15 days after the close of each calendar quarter and shall be made utilizing forms approved by MPOU. Quarterly reports must be received by MPOU as follows: 1st quarter (Jan-March) due April 15th, 2nd quarter (April-June) due July 15th, 3rd quarter (July-Sept.) due Oct. 15th, 4th quarter (Oct.-Dec.) due Jan 15<SUP>th</SUP>. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.13(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If the 15th day after the close of the quarter falls on a weekend or state or federal holiday, the quarterly report shall be submitted by the following business day. MPOU in its discretion shall allow for adjustments of due dates based on a case by case basis as long as the request for extension is received by MPOU in writing prior to the due date.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.13(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Failure to submit quarterly reports in a timely manner may result in sanctioning.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.13(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The quarterly reports shall include the following: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.13(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Number of probationers under supervision;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.13(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The amount of fines, statutory surcharges, and restitution collected;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.13(b)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The amount of fees collected and the nature of such fees, including probation supervision fees;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.13(b)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Rehabilitation programming fees;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.13(b)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Electronic monitoring fees;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.13(b)6.">6.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Drug or alcohol detection device fees;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.13(b)7.">7.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Substance abuse or mental health evaluation or treatment fees if such services are provided directly or otherwise to the extent such fees are known;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.13(b)8.">8.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Drug testing fees;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.13(b)9.">9.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The number of community service hours performed by probationers under supervision;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.13(b)10.">10.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A listing of any other service for which a probationer was required to pay to attend;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.13(b)11.">11.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The number of probationers for whom supervision or rehabilitation has been terminated and the reason for the termination;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.13(b)12.">12.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The number of warrants issued during the quarter and;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.13(b)13.">13.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> These reports shall be in such detail as MPOU may require. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.13(b)13.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Entities shall be given 90 days advance notice of changes in reporting requirements.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/105-2-.14" name="105-2-.14" title="105-2-.14">Rule 105-2-.14 Probation Entity Records</a></h2> <P>Each probation entity must maintain the following records for the period required by law at no less than three years and the records must be available and accessible for inspection by the affected county, municipality, consolidated government, the court, the Department of Audits and Accounts or MPOU upon request.</P> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.14(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Required records are as follows: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.14(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All written contracts or service agreements for probation services;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.14(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All court orders for all probationers assigned to the entity for supervision;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.14(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All accounting ledgers and related documents;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.14(a)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All payment receipts issued to probationers for all funds received;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.14(a)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All probation case history and management reports and documents;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.14(a)6.">6.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All other documents pertaining to the case management of each probationer assigned to the entity for supervision;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.14(a)7.">7.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The probation entity and individual applications for registration and supporting documents submitted to MPOU;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.14(a)8.">8.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All training records and individual personnel files;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.14(a)9.">9.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The registration approval issued to the probation entity and individuals by MPOU; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.14(a)10.">10.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All documents related to the case management of probationers to include but not limited to case history, accounting ledgers, and payment receipts must be retained for a period required by law after the probation case closes at no less than 3 years.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.14(a)11.">11.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Pursuant to O.C.G.A § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=42-8-109.2&amp;title=42#42-8-109.2(b)(1)(A)" target="_newtab">42-8-109.2(b)(1)(A)</a>,"Any probationer under supervision shall be provided with a written receipt and a balance statement each time he or she makes a payment." All other reports, files, records, and papers of whatever kind relative to the supervision of probationers are declared to be confidential and shall be available only to the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government, or an auditor appointed by such county, municipality, or consolidated government, the judge handling a particular case, the Department of Audits and Accounts, the Department of Corrections, DCS, the State Board of Pardons and Paroles, or the Board.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.14(a)12.">12.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All other reports, files, records, and papers of whatever kind relative to the supervision of probationers may also be disclosed to verified law enforcement agencies solely to perform law enforcement duties and responsibilities.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.14(a)13.">13.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The foregoing reports, files, records, and papers of whatever kind relative to the supervision of probationers are not subject to disclosure pursuant to a subpoena.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/105-2-.15" name="105-2-.15" title="105-2-.15">Rule 105-2-.15 Money Collection</a></h2> <P>No probation entity or individual shall assess or collect from a probationer or disburse any funds, except as authorized by written order of the court, as authorized by the written service agreement, or as required by State law.</P> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.15(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A current schedule of all probation fees, authorized through a service agreement, must be filed by the probation entity with MPOU and comply with applicable laws and rules.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.15(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No probation entity or individual may offer any program services or component for an additional fee unless the fee is authorized by the probation entities service agreement and has been ordered by the court, or as required by State law.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.15(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> It shall be the duty of the probation entity to collect and disburse funds and faithfully keep the records of accounts as required by the court, MPOU, and State law.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.15(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No probation entity or individual shall require collection of probation supervision fees prior to providing services.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.15(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The failure to adhere to any of these requirements in (a) through (d) above shall subject the probation entity and individuals to sanctions as provided in these rules.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/105-2-.16" name="105-2-.16" title="105-2-.16">Rule 105-2-.16 Transfer of Probation Supervision</a></h2> <P>Probation case supervision may be transferred from one probation entity to another with the approval of the court of original jurisdiction and/or as provided by Interstate Compact.</P> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.16(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Sending Probation Entity. The sending probation entity will be responsible for contacting the receiving probation entity and determining if the transfer is feasible. The sending probation entity shall provide the court of original jurisdiction with necessary information for consideration of the transfer.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.16(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Approval of the Transfer. Upon approval of the transfer, the sending probation entity will instruct the probationer in writing as to where and when to report to the receiving probation entity and will forward a case management package to the receiving probation entity. The package should include: a copy of the sentence, a copy of all case history information and a statement of financial obligations and collections to date.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.16(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Transfer of Cases Involving Financial Collections. When a case is transferred from one probation entity to another, the sending probation entity remains responsible for the collection of all original fines, fees and surcharges, with the exception of monthly probation supervision fees unless otherwise ordered by the court. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.16(c)(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Monthly probation fees collected and retained by the sending probation entity shall not exceed an amount equal to the number of months that the probationer was actually supervised. As of the date of transfer, monthly probation supervision fees shall be collected and retained by the receiving probation entity.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.16(c)(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The sending probation entity will remain responsible for the collection of all other financial obligations and is responsible for instructing the probationer regarding forwarding scheduled financial payments back to the original probation entity unless otherwise ordered by the court.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.16(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Probation Violations by Transferred Probationers. When violations occur during supervision by the receiving probation entity, it is the responsibility of the receiving probation entity to investigate and report back to the sending probation entity in order for the court of original jurisdiction to be informed unless otherwise ordered by the court.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.16(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If the probationer fails to report or the case is determined to be unacceptable to the receiving probation entity, the receiving probation entity should contact the sending probation entity in an effort to resolve the problem. If the situation cannot be resolved, the case management package should be returned to the sending probation entity with sufficient documentation of the problem and the original sending probation entity should inform the court of original jurisdiction of the situation unless otherwise ordered by the court.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.16(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If probation violations occur subsequent to a transfer, the sending probation entity and the court of original jurisdiction retains responsibility to pursue appropriate follow-up action unless otherwise ordered by the court.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.16(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Sentence Expiration. When the terms of the probation sentence expire for a transferred probationer, the receiving probation entity will forward a brief confirmation report back to the original sending probation entity confirming that probation supervision has been terminated. In accordance with court policy, the sending probation entity shall inform the court that probation supervision has been terminated.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.16(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Transfer of Probation Supervision Into and Out of State. Probation case supervision will be transferred from a probation entity to a probation office or probation entity between states according to the requirements of the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.16(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All probation entities and individuals shall abide by the Interstate Compact statute O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=42-9-81&amp;title=42#" target="_newtab">42-9-81</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/105-2-.17" name="105-2-.17" title="105-2-.17">Rule 105-2-.17 Notification of Probation Entity Sales, Mergers or Acquisitions</a></h2> <P>In the event a probation entity becomes associated with another corporation, enterprise or agency, or becomes consolidated with another government, whether through acquisition, merger, sale or any other such transaction, that probation entity shall inform MPOU of such change within 10 days after the transaction. The written notice shall include the names, addresses and telephone numbers of all primary parties, the effective date of the merger or sale or consolidation, and the nature of the business relationship of the new probation entity. A violation of any provision contained in the applicable statute may result in a breach of contract for all probation services rendered.</P> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.17(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All parties must be approved by MPOU to provide misdemeanor probation supervision services prior to the merger, sale or any other such transaction.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.17(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Probation entities must adhere to rule <a title="105-2-.08" href="105-2-.08">105-2-.08</a> and have an approved service agreement prior to providing probation services.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.17(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Failure to obtain such approval shall subject the entity to sanctions provided by these rules.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/105-2-.18" name="105-2-.18" title="105-2-.18">Rule 105-2-.18 Probation Entity Advertising and Solicitation</a></h2> <P>Any probation entity that solicits business is required to meet the following requirements:</P> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.18(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any advertisement must contain the full name of the probation entity;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.18(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No probation entity may advertise in any manner that is false or misleading, nor may any advertisement make any false or misleading claim and;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.18(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No Probation entity may use the logo or the seal of the State of Georgia in any advertising or on any probation entity stationary or correspondence.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/105-2-.19" name="105-2-.19" title="105-2-.19">Rule 105-2-.19 Audits, Inspections, Investigations, and Probation Entity Monitoring</a></h2> <P>MPOU is authorized and empowered to conduct audits, inspections, and investigations of probation entities and individuals to determine and monitor compliance with requirements.</P> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.19(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Audits and inspections may be conducted at any site, location, or place, and may be initiated any time during operating or other reasonable hours, of such probation entity in order to assess compliance with requirements.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.19(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> MPOU is authorized and empowered to conduct investigations to determine whether any probation entity or individual requirements have been, or are being violated. Such investigations may be conducted at any site, location, or place, may be initiated any time during operating or other reasonable hours, may continue during a pending administrative action initiated by MPOU, and may involve any person who may have information related to an alleged or suspected violation by a probation entity. Investigations may be initiated by MPOU, at its discretion, when it suspects actual or potential noncompliance with requirements on the part of a probation entity or individual, or when any person alleges facts which, if true, likely would constitute a violation of the law or these rules.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.19(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Consent to entry and access. A registration application or the approval by MPOU constitutes consent by the registration applicant and the owner/director of the premises for MPOU representatives to enter the premises for the purpose of conducting an audit, inspection, investigation, or monitoring.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.19(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> MPOU representatives must be allowed immediate entrance and access to the probation entity premises and to sources of information determined by MPOU to be pertinent to making a full compliance determination. This information includes, but is not limited to: all individuals, all parts of the premises, probationers records, and any document(s) related to the initial or continued registration approval of a probation entity or individual.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.19(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> MPOU additionally shall have the authority to require the probation entity or individual to provide any relevant documents including originals where available or photocopies or portions thereof. This authority extends to documents to which confidentiality or privilege otherwise would attach.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.19(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Cooperation with inspection. Probation entities and individuals must cooperate with any inspection or investigation by MPOU and must provide, without delay, any information reasonably requested by MPOU.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/105-2-.20" name="105-2-.20" title="105-2-.20">Rule 105-2-.20 Enforcement of Probation Entity Requirements</a></h2> <P>MPOU in addition to other sanctions shall have the authority to deny, suspend, and revoke the registration approval of a probation entity for noncompliance with any applicable laws or rules. MPOU shall also have the authority to revoke existing registration if an entity fails or refuses to adhere to registration requirements. Additionally, it shall have the authority to issue a written reprimand or assess administrative fines in addition to other sanctions against any probation entity or individual for noncompliance with requirements. In considering which sanction to impose, MPOU shall consider the history of compliance, the seriousness of the violations, whether the probation entity, or individual voluntarily reported problems giving rise to any violation, and whether good faith efforts were exhibited to correct areas of noncompliance prior or subsequent to their discovery by MPOU.</P> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.20(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> In addition to any other sanction, probation entities or individuals may be sanctioned for any of the following: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.20(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Knowingly making misleading, deceptive, untrue, or fraudulent representation in obtaining certification, fulfilling reporting requirements, or in the operations of an entity or individual, or knowingly engaging in fraud or deceit or making false statements in any matter required by law or these rules;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.20(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Failing or refusing to provide MPOU with meaningful access to the probation entity premises, individuals, probationers records, including refusing to provide MPOU with documents reasonably necessary to making a compliance determination;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.20(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Changing ownership of a private probation entity in order to avoid or avert the denial, revocation, or suspension of registration;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.20(a)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Altering or falsifying any probation entity or individual records;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.20(a)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Failing or refusing to remit required reports as outlined in these rules;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.20(a)6.">6.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Failing to demonstrate adherence to and satisfaction of the requirements, qualifications, or standards required by law or by these rules; probation entity or individual requirements or violating any law relating to the operation of a probation entity;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.20(a)7.">7.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Failing or refusing to abide by, or comply with, any order or directive issued by MPOU pursuant to its authority as provided by law or by these rules and regulations;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.20(a)8.">8.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Failing or refusing to properly supervise its probation officers, agents, or individual employees to the detriment of the public;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.20(a)9.">9.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Engaging in any unprofessional, unethical, deceptive, or deleterious conduct or practice harmful to the public, to a court, or to persons under the supervision of the entity or the individual;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.20(a)10.">10.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Violating or attempting to violate any law, constitutional provision, rule, or regulation of this state, any other state, the United States, or any other lawful authority relating to the supervision of probationers or the operations of an entity or individual that engages in such supervision;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.20(a)11.">11.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Committing any act or omission which is indicative of bad moral character or untrustworthiness;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.20(a)12.">12.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Being terminated by a court or governing authority for disciplinary reasons and/or;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.20(a)13.">13.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Committing any act or omission that MPOU finds to be contrary to the spirit of these rules and regulations or contrary to the public good.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/105-2-.21" name="105-2-.21" title="105-2-.21">Rule 105-2-.21 Sanctions that May Be Imposed</a></h2> <P>When the Misdemeanor Oversight Unit Director finds that a violation of laws or these rules has taken place, the Director may take any one or more of the following actions:</P> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.21(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Administer a reprimand to the entity or individual.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.21(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Suspend for a fixed period of time the entity or individual's certification or authorization to do business, to engage in a specific activity as part of the business, or to supervise probationers.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.21(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Limit or restrict any authorization, certificate, or approval that has been previously approved by the MPOU.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.21(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Impose a fine or violations fee against the probation entity or individual in an amount not to exceed $5,000 per violation.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.21(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Impose any of the above sanctions but withhold enforcement of such sanctions and place the probation entity or individual on probation for a definite period of time under such conditions as may be imposed by the MPOU Director. Upon violation of any of the terms of probation, as determined by the MPOU Director, the original sanctions shall immediately take effect.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.21(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> MPOU shall notify all courts served by the probation entity of any sanction imposed upon the probation entity for violating these rules and regulations.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.21(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> MPOU Director shall have the authority to take emergency action against a probation entity or individual to immediately suspend its registration approval if MPOU finds that the public health, safety, or welfare imperatively requires emergency action.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/105-2-.22" name="105-2-.22" title="105-2-.22">Rule 105-2-.22 Procedures for Imposition of Sanctions</a></h2> <P>Upon a finding that a violation has occurred, MPOU shall send a letter by certified mail to the probation entity or individual, specifically noting the alleged violations.</P> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.22(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The probation entity or individual shall have 15 days from the date of such letter in which to submit any additional documents or other evidence in response to the allegations.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.22(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> After consideration of the allegations and any additional evidence received from the probation entity or individual, the Director, with the concurrence of the Commissioner, shall determine what, if any, sanction shall be appropriate for each violation. Once the determination is made, the MPOU will notify the probation entity and/or individual, by certified mail, setting forth the violations found to exist and the sanctions imposed. The letter shall also inform the violator of the right to review by the Board of Community Supervision.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.22(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Within 10 days of receiving the sanctions notice, the probation entity or individual may request review by the Board of Community Supervision. If the violator does not seek review the sanction will be final. Except for emergency sanctions under Rule 105-2-21(g), if the violator seeks Board review, the sanction will be stayed until the Board reviews the sanction and acts on the sanction as provided in subsection (f) below.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.22(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> It is the responsibility of all probation entities to maintain their mailing address current and up-to-date with MPOU as any and all correspondence will be sent to the address on file.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.22(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If the probation entity or individual requests review of the sanction imposed by the MPOU Director, the record, including any materials submitted by the probation entity or individual, shall be forwarded to the Board of Community Supervision for review. The request for review should be made in writing and addressed to the MPOU Director.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.22(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Board of Community Supervision shall review the sanction imposed and affirm the sanction, alter the sanction, or remand the matter to the Director.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.22(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If the Board affirms the sanction or imposes an alternative sanction, notice of the sanction shall be sent to the probation entity or individual sanction by certified mail. The entity or individual against whom the sanction has been imposed may appeal as provided by O.C.G.A § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=42-3-10&amp;title=42#" target="_newtab">42-3-10</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/105-2-.23" name="105-2-.23" title="105-2-.23">Rule 105-2-.23 Severability</a></h2> <P>In the event that any rule, sentence, clause or phrase of any of these rules and regulations may be construed by any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal, unconstitutional, or otherwise unenforceable, such determination or adjudication shall in no manner affect the remaining rules or portions thereof. The remaining rules or portions thereof shall remain in full force and effect, as if such rule or portions thereof so determined, declared, or adjudicated invalid or unconstitutional were not originally a part of these rules.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/105-2-.24" name="105-2-.24" title="105-2-.24">Rule 105-2-.24 Filing of Complaints</a></h2> <P>All probation entities and individuals affiliated with misdemeanor probation supervision are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and adhere to all applicable statutes and regulations. Citizens may file a complaint with MPOU. All complaints will be investigated and remain confidential until the investigation is completed.</P> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.24(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> MPOU shall open an investigation and notify the probation entity and/or the individual of the investigation in writing. A copy of the complaint or summary of the complaint shall be sent to the probation entity and/or individual. Identifying information of complainants may be redacted.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="105-2-.24(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The MPOU shall develop procedures and forms, as needed, for the acceptance of complaints from members of the public regarding conduct of entities or individuals subject to these rules.</td> </tr> </table> </div> </div> </HTML> </div> <div id="toc" class="sidebar noprint"> <ul id="toc-children" class="children"><li><a href="/GAC/105-2-.01" name="105-2-.01" title="105-2-.01">Rule 105-2-.01 Name and Address</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/105-2-.02" name="105-2-.02" title="105-2-.02">Rule 105-2-.02 Purpose and Authority</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/105-2-.03" name="105-2-.03" title="105-2-.03">Rule 105-2-.03 Definitions</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/105-2-.04" name="105-2-.04" title="105-2-.04">Rule 105-2-.04 Rule Registration</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/105-2-.05" name="105-2-.05" title="105-2-.05">Rule 105-2-.05 Probation Entity Registration and Approval Requirements</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/105-2-.06" name="105-2-.06" title="105-2-.06">Rule 105-2-.06 Individual Registration and Approval Requirements</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/105-2-.07" name="105-2-.07" title="105-2-.07">Rule 105-2-.07 Limitations on Who Can Operate or be Employed by a Probation Entity</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/105-2-.08" name="105-2-.08" title="105-2-.08">Rule 105-2-.08 Service Agreements</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/105-2-.09" name="105-2-.09" title="105-2-.09">Rule 105-2-.09 Requirements for All Probation Entities and Individuals</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/105-2-.10" name="105-2-.10" title="105-2-.10">Rule 105-2-.10 Background Checks Required for All Individuals (directors and/or owners, probation officers, administrative employees, agents, interns, or volunteers)</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/105-2-.11" name="105-2-.11" title="105-2-.11">Rule 105-2-.11 General Probation Responsibilities</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/105-2-.12" name="105-2-.12" title="105-2-.12">Rule 105-2-.12 Training and Individual Development</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/105-2-.13" name="105-2-.13" title="105-2-.13">Rule 105-2-.13 Probation Entity Reports</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/105-2-.14" name="105-2-.14" title="105-2-.14">Rule 105-2-.14 Probation Entity Records</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/105-2-.15" name="105-2-.15" title="105-2-.15">Rule 105-2-.15 Money Collection</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/105-2-.16" name="105-2-.16" title="105-2-.16">Rule 105-2-.16 Transfer of Probation Supervision</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/105-2-.17" name="105-2-.17" title="105-2-.17">Rule 105-2-.17 Notification of Probation Entity Sales, Mergers or Acquisitions</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/105-2-.18" name="105-2-.18" title="105-2-.18">Rule 105-2-.18 Probation Entity Advertising and Solicitation</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/105-2-.19" name="105-2-.19" title="105-2-.19">Rule 105-2-.19 Audits, Inspections, Investigations, and Probation Entity Monitoring</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/105-2-.20" name="105-2-.20" title="105-2-.20">Rule 105-2-.20 Enforcement of Probation Entity Requirements</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/105-2-.21" name="105-2-.21" title="105-2-.21">Rule 105-2-.21 Sanctions that May Be Imposed</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/105-2-.22" name="105-2-.22" title="105-2-.22">Rule 105-2-.22 Procedures for Imposition of Sanctions</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/105-2-.23" name="105-2-.23" title="105-2-.23">Rule 105-2-.23 Severability</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/105-2-.24" name="105-2-.24" title="105-2-.24">Rule 105-2-.24 Filing of Complaints</a></li></ul> </div> </div> <!--content ends here--> <div id="footer" class="noprint"><span class="footer">Copyright &copy; 2019 Lawriter LLC - All rights reserved.</span>| <a href="mailto:support@casemakerlegal.com?subject=Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia">Email Us</a> | 844-838-0769 | <a href="http://livechat.casemakerlegal.com/client.php?locale=en" target="_blank" onclick="if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().indexOf('opera') != -1 && window.event.preventDefault)window.event.preventDefault();this.newWindow = window.open('http://livechat.casemakerlegal.com/client.php?locale=en&url='+escape(document.location.href)+'&referrer='+escape(document.referrer), 'webim','toolbar=0,scrollbars=0,location=0,status=1,menubar=0,width=640,height=480,resizable=1');this.newWindow.focus();this.newWindow.opener=window;return false;">Live Chat</a> </div> </div> </body> </html>