Correctional Court Case Specialist
The Correctional Court /Case Specialists are responsible for screening and processing referral information and supervision and monitoring of inmates or offenders placed under a court-ordered custody or alternative sentencing program. This is an entry-level position within the Court Services Specialist series. This class is used as a training class for incumbents typically with experience and knowledge in this field or area. Positions in this class work under immediate supervision while learning job tasks. Work is characterized by development of basic and routine skills and knowledge required to perform the job such as a fundamental understanding of judicial services programs and the policies and procedures related to these programs, knowledge of court and sentencing processes, understanding the workings of a correctional or custodial environment, understanding inmate or criminal behaviors, and methods of conflict resolution.
The following statements are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities of the job. The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties and responsibilities of the job at any time.
- Receives general supervision from a department or program manager or supervisor.
- Exercises no supervision.
- Secure clients information from the Colorado Crime Information Center/National Crime Information Center, and Colorado Judicial Information System; verify whether or not the offender has a past criminal history. Review referrals received from C-Wise and information received from Parole, Probation and Department of Corrections.
- Complete summary of criminal history and institutional conduct and programming for case review.
- Present case information to Larimer County Advisory Board.
- Work with courts, probation, and other law enforcement agencies regarding inmate compliance with programs; coordinate with community agencies, employers, and related groups to facilitate employment, work projects, transportation, or community service commitments.
- Assess drug, alcohol, and mental health treatment needs via various assessment and evaluation tools; administer breathalyzer and urine testing on an as needed basis.
- Perform case management work with assigned inmates/offenders including developing supervision plans, provide counseling and crisis intervention, and assist inmate/offender in financial management and problem resolution. Complete appropriate assessments. Compile statistical information. Complete collateral agency paperwork.
- Monitor clients while on Community Supervision; conduct random employment checks and monthly home visits/searches.
- Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job. Exercises indirect supervision over inmates/offenders.
- Monitor inmate living and work areas; assign and supervise work assignments; supervise meal service.
- Monitor the safety and security of facility and control of contraband including conducting searches of inmates/offenders and living areas, conducting security checks of facility, facility perimeter, windows, doors, and work areas, conducting checks of inmate possessions, mail, and visitors, and supervising visits.
- Collect urinalysis samples, complete appropriate paperwork, and submit samples for drug testing; administer alcohol tests.
- Maintain inmate/offender accountability by conducting periodic formal counts, checking inmates in/out of facility, conducting phone or on-site checks of inmate/offender locations, and conducting random monitoring of inmate/offender activities. Conduct random home visits/searches as required.
- Investigate minor and major program violations; write incident reports; determine and carry out appropriate sanctions up to and including revocation and return to a more secure detention facility; prepare reports and recommendations.
- Receive and process offender payments/funds, process fees, and balance accounts.
- Monitor and dispense offender medications.
- Perform administrative and record keeping duties in support of program; document inmate/offender behavior and program activities; maintain inmate/offender records; process various billing and/or program and related agency documents.
- In accordance with the parameters of the program, supervise and/or monitor inmates/offenders in a half-way house or work release facility, electronic home detention, day or weekend reporting program, off-site work crews, or in transporting juveniles or adults between detention facilities, courts, or work sites.
- Conduct orientations to new inmates/offenders to explain facility and/or program rules and procedures.
- Coordinate and perform special projects as assigned and required.
- Testify in court or for the Parole Board as required.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
- Modern office practices and procedures.
- Principles, practices, and objectives as related to counseling and interviewing in an alternative sentencing program.
- Principles, practices, and objectives as related to crisis intervention, conflict resolution, and security methods in an inmate/offender detention program.
- Court and criminal justice processes and systems.
- Routine software and business applications including, but not limited to, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, and databases.
- Record keeping and reporting procedures in a judicial system.
- Principles, practices, and objectives as related to human behavior.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
- Read and comprehend department and County rules, regulations, policies, and standard operating procedures.
- Provide professional customer service to clients and public.
- Maintain sensitive and confidential information.
- Effectively respond to conflict situations and people in conflict.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.
- Scope and application of laws and regulations pertaining to correctional facilities, inmate confinement, and/or alternative sentencing programs.
- Two years of experience in a directly related field or in the performance of similar duties and responsibilities.
- Equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in social or behavioral sciences, Criminal Justice, or related fields. Related education or experience may be substituted on a year for year basis.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado Driver's License.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, CPR and First Aid certifications by date of hire.
- Maintain continuing education hours annually or as required.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, crisis intervention training.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, suicide prevention training.