This unique program, possibly the only one of its kind in the State of Tennessee for Sessions Court Probation, was originally a pilot program in Scott County developed by TNCSA and Judge Cotton to bring a more customized approach to misdemeanor probation services. As an alternative to incarceration, misdemeanor offenders are placed under supervision in one of three categories depending on their specific offenses and the level of supervision needed. The level of supervision determines the amount of time that the person served must spend with their probation officer and the fee they will be required to pay. Once an individual completes a level they can either be discharged from the program and/or demoted to a lower level of supervision at the discretion of the judge. TNCSA monitors their activities and assists them in securing community resources such as community service work, employment, counseling, job skills training, housing assistance, etc.
Levels of supervision based on individual needs: Because all probationers are not alike, Individuals are placed by the court in one of three categories depending on their specific offense and their level of supervision. The level of supervision determines the amount of time that the person served must spend with their probation officer, as well as the fee structure. Most community probation programs charge a flat fee of $45 per month as the statute allows regardless of the supervision level or offense; however, the Scott County Probation Program charges fees starting at $15.00 per month up to $35.00 per month for the highest level of probation. Probationers are required to pay for their supervision as well as court costs and restitution.
When appropriate an increase in level of supervision can be used as an alternative to revocation of probation for noncompliant probationers. Once an individual completes one level they can either be discharged from the program and/or demoted to a lower level of supervision at the discretion of the judge.