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Laura Bauer - Probation Director

Rensselaer County Probation Department: (518) 266-7100
Contact: Laura Bauer, Probation Director
Provide probation related services to all criminal and family courts of Rensselaer County. Prepare pre-sentence and pre-dispositional reports and provides probation supervision for adults and juveniles. Provide coordinated intake and diversion services in conjunction with the Court Diversion Council.

Court Diversion Council : (518) 266-7175
Contact: Linda McMahon, Court Diversion Coordinator
A consolidation of four human service units, from Probation, Mental Health, Social Services and Youth, which provides coordinated assessment services of juveniles and families for Probation Intakes and Diversion programs.

Probation Intake and Diversion : (518) 266-7176
Contact: Lisa Karam, Probation Supervisor

Provide a screening process of JD and PINS complaints filed by schools, parents or police. Objectives are to assess and mediate situations to avoid cases from proceeding formally in Family Court. Assessments are provided in coordination with the Court Diversion Council. Diversion Services are an intensive community based supervision intervention for JD and PINS complaints.

Probation Investigations (Adults & Juvenile) : (518) 266-7152
Contact [Adult]: Clare Visk, Probation Supervisor
Contact [Juvenile]: Linda McMahon, Probation Supervisor

Pre-Sentence Reports, Pre-Dispositional Reports and Home Study evaluations are completed for Criminal and Family Courts by Probation Officers. Court ordered reports provide information primarily relevant for the purpose of court dispositions and contain legal and social histories.

Probation Supervision [Adult & Juvenile]
Contact [Adult]: Colleen Burns, Probation Supervisor (518) 266- 7151
Contact [Adult Specialized Supervision]: Kara Wohlleber, Probation Supervisor (518) 266- 7131
Contact [Juvenile]: Linda McMahon, Probation Supervisor (518) 266- 7175

Probation Officers supervise Probationers who are sentenced or placed on Probation by Criminal Courts and Family Court. This function actively monitors the Courts. The objectives of supervision are to provide public protection; prepare Probationers for independent and law-abiding community living. Specialized caseloads are targeted for qualified probationers for intensive supervision programs.

Pretrial Release Program / Day Reporting : (518) 266-7100, Fax : (518) 266-7190
Contact: Lisa Scott, Probation Supervisor
This program seeks to provide universal screening to all defendants in the custody of the Rensselaer County Jail. Program objectives are to provide information to assist courts in making release decisions, reduce unnecessary pretrial detention and to minimize failure to appear in court by defendants.

General Information:
Hours: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Phone: (518) 266-7100
Fax: (518) 266-7127
Location: 547 River Street, 2nd floor, Troy , NY 12180