Sharie, thank you for the additional information and I understand your concern as a parent. The job/role of a probation officer is to make sure that the individual is complying with the terms and conditions of their probationary sentence
. When a probation meeting is missed, probation should try and reach out to the defendant and see 1) where they are and 2) why they failed to report. While I understand the point you are making with them trying to help him, they are not obligated to do so. His PO may have likely called him to advise of the missed meeting and should have asked that he return the call or report. The responsibility falls on him, since he is the person who is being supervised and expected to comply. If he had a relapse and missed his meetings and failed to report, it could have been a result of a possible dirty drug test, which he wanted to avoid as well. His PO is not a counselor, who is supposed to help. They are there to supervise and makes sure he complies with his probation and when he fails to do so, report back to the court
, so action can be taken. Moreover, probation does not have to reach out and contact any family member or friends, if they do not want to nor should they be sharing or disclosing information about who they are supervising. Probation officers often have a heavy case load of clients to manage and as adults, expect everyone to comply. Even if she made contact with him or located him, she can not force him to report. The fact that he had a relapse is certainly something which he should advise the court of, at his violation of probation hearing and seeing that he did not pick up a new charge and this was a technical violation, can see if they would reinstate the probation and require additional treatment, to get him help.
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