Office of Adult Probation and Parole, District 29
10398 Democracy Lane, Suite 101
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
8850-A Richmond Highway
Alexandria, Virginia 22309
Chief Probation and Parole Officer:
Tracy L. Lavely
The Department of Corrections enhances public safety by controlling and supervising sentenced offenders in a humane, cost efficient manner, consistent with sound correctional principles and constitutional standards.
- To assist the Circuit Court Judges in making sentencing decisions by providing comprehensive criminal and social history investigative reports (Presentence Reports).
- To provide “A Balanced Approach” to offender supervision through
- Thorough investigation and assessment of risk and needs;
- Careful and focused plans of supervision;
- Use of a wide variety of resources and treatment services; and
- Purposeful and proportionate application of sanctions for delinquency and non-compliance.
A Presentence Report is written after a defendant is convicted of a crime but before he or she is sentenced by a judge. The purpose of this report is to provide the judge with a picture of the defendant’s life, including prior criminal record and of significant issues such as drug, alcohol or mental health problems. The information helps the judge to determine an appropriate sentence. In order to write the report, the Probation Officer:
- Interviews the defendant in person;
- Interviews others, either in person or by telephone, who might have knowledge of the defendant;
- Verifies information obtained during the interviews;
- Conducts prior criminal history record checks;
- Requests a Victim Statement, if applicable;
- Requests a Restitution Payment Plan, if applicable;
- Prepares a Sentencing Guidelines; and
- Determines substance abuse needs through administration of a screening instrument.
There is a number of Circuit Court alternative punishment sentencing options (non-residential and residential) for State Responsible Offenders.