Parole and ProbationThe Field Operations Administration (FOA) is responsible for state parole and probation supervision as well as other methods of specialized supervision.
FOA’s parole and probation offices are located in 10 regions throughout the state. While on parole, an offender is typically supervised by a parole agent for a period of one to four years. An offender is managed and guided by a parole agent who serves as a resource to increase the offender’s successful reintegration into the community. Parole Agents coordinate needed services for the offender such as mental health treatment, substance abuse counseling, housing and employment. Probation agents supervise offenders convicted of certain misdemeanors and felonies to ensure that the probationer complies with a court’s probation order. Unlike parole, conditions of probation are set by the court that retains legal control over the probationer’s status.
The FOA also employs specialized supervision of offenders including the use of electronic monitoring of offenders in the community, sex offender specific caseloads, quick and decisive responses to technical parole violations in lieu of return to incarceration, and coordinating and overseeing offenders who are supervised under the Interstate Compact Agreement.
The Parole Board which is the sole paroling authority for felony offenders committed to the jurisdiction of the Michigan Department of Corrections is also located under FOA.