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Court Compliance

Court Compliance Outcomes
Court Compliance Outcomes
Paid in full - 40%
Judgment discharge - 31%
Active Warrant - 19%
All other - 10%

The Court Compliance program was designed to address issues associated with individuals who were placed on unsupervised probation and subsequently failed to comply with the conditions of probation, primarily payment of fines.

The program received its first cases in April 2000 and as of one year had resolved 976 cases. 51% (508 cases) had either completed or been terminated from the program, and 49% were still involved with the program.

The 976 cases had a total of $1,027,995.64 levied in fines. This does not include restitution or repayment of the jail for time spent in custody while charged with an FTA. The average fine levied per case was $1,053.27, with a range from a low of $0 (nonfinancial requirements only) to a high of $2,045.

However, the 976 cases in which court compliance was acting involved only 580 people, an average of 1.68 cases per individual. The average fine levied per person was $1,798.89, with a range from $0 to a high of $11,846.80. The program has recovered a total of $338,244.96 while $689,750.68 remains to be collected.

Case Expediting

The case expediter function is housed in the County Attorney’s Office. The job of the case expediter is to ensure that cases move through the system quickly and efficiently. By working with the courts to develop a “fast track,” the average time from 1st appearance to arraignment has been reduced by 21 days for inmates who are in custody and the time between arraignments and pretrial conferences has also decreased. Following entry of a plea or a finding, pre-sentence investigations are completed within 21 days.

Court Services

Probation Caseload
Probation Caseload

The Department of Correctional Services provides probation and two residential facilities, the Work Release Center and the Residential Correctional Facility.

Between 1995 and 2000, probation caseload varied from a low of 586.33 per month to a high of 633.42 per month. The level of probation services provided varies with the risk associated with each offender.

The Work Release Center is a post-placement facility which was designed to serve up to 60 male and female inmates charged with either a felony or misdemeanor; current population levels at this facility are 81. This facility is used for offenders who are coming out of prison as well as those who are serving sentences for Operating While Intoxicated (OWI).

The Residential Correctional Facility was originally designed to accommodate 56 male and female felons or misdemeanants who are sentenced to the facility as a condition of probation. Its current population is 64.

Pre-Trial Release

More information coming soon.

Restitution, Community Service & Fines

Scott County imposes fines, community service, and restitution.

Fines are commonly levied in most cases in which the court imposes a non-institutional sanction. In addition, the court charges a variety of fees and costs paid by the defendant. The amount of fines collected has increased 29% from FY 96-97 - FY 99-2000.

Community service is routinely offered as an alternative to fines. In the Court Compliance program, the program offers and finally determines if the fine should be converted to community service. The community service program is operated under a contract with Scott County.

Restitution is collected by the Clerk of Courts when ordered by the Court. Restitution is over and above the amount of fines and costs. In FY 2000-2001, more than $1.4 million dollars in restitution was ordered. As of August 7, 2001, $518,614 (36%) had been paid.