What is Probation?

Probation is a conditional suspension of a sentence (jail or prison) imposed on a person convicted of a crime.  The conditions may include jail time, fines, fees, restitution, drug testing, treatment and community service.  The offender’s compliance with these conditions is monitored by a probation officer.  If probation is completed successfully, the sentence is not imposed.  If the offender is not compliant, probation may be revoked and the offender incarcerated.

Probation is not parole, which is a conditional release from prison after the offender has served a portion of his/her sentence.  Parolees are supervised by parole officers.    Parole/community supervision may be revoked if an offender fails to abide by the conditions of community release.

Arizona is one of a handful of states in which probation oversight is the responsibility of the courts, through the Adult Services Division of the Arizona Supreme Court’s Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC).  Arizona probation is further divided in 10 of the state’s 15 counties, which operate separate adult and juvenile probation departments. Parole officers are employees of the Department of Corrections.

For more information regarding the powers and duties of probation officers, please consult Arizona Revised Statutes  §§12-253.   Additional statutes governing adult probation are A.R.S. §§13-901, 13-914 and 13-916, which can be found on the Arizona State Legislature website.

What is the mailing address?

Bisbee 1415 Melody Lane, Bldg C Bisbee, AZ 85603 (520) 432-8810
Benson 126 E 5th Street, Ste 6 Benson, AZ 85602 (520) 586-8241
Douglas 1012 N G Ave, Ste 202 Douglas, AZ 85607 (520) 805-5541
Sierra Vista 100 Colonia de Salud, Ste 101 Sierra Vista, AZ 85635 (520) 803-3101

Who do I speak with regarding non-payments of restitution?

Please call the main office in Bisbee, Arizona, at (520) 432-8810.  We will refer you to the correct probation officer.

I would like to have my rights restored, what do I need to submit?

Fill out an application for Restoration and Civil Rights.  Sign and return to Cochise County Clerk’s Office, P.O. Box CK, Bisbee, AZ  85603.   It will be forwarded to the probation department to complete.  This courtesy process may take time to complete as it is considered low priority.