1) Due to the number of persons under supervision, reporting in person is by appointment. Probationers will be given an appointment by their supervising officer. Keeping the appointment in a timely manner will reduce the wait for probationers to see their officer. If a probationer is unable to keep her/his appointment, s/he should be sure it is for a valid reason and contact her/his officer to reschedule as soon as possible.
2) Probationers are to check in at the reception window upon arrival.
3) Probationers are not to bring children with them to the CSCD when reporting. It is an inappropriate environment for children, and exposes them to offenders whose offenses involve harming children.
5) The probationer should be prepared to submit to drug testing or bodily search whenever reporting.
6) All payments are to be made at the reception window and all receipts should be kept. Payments can only be accepted in the form of a money order or cashier’s check payable to: Palo Pinto CSCD or by credit/debit card in the name of the payee. No personal checks or cash are accepted, per TDCJ-CJAD regulations.
7) Probationers are to dress appropriately when reporting; otherwise, their officer will direct them to leave and return appropriately attired, and their report will not be accepted until then.
8) No weapons of any type or illegal drugs or alcohol are allowed.
9) Belligerent behavior, obscene language or gestures will not be tolerated, nor will public displays of a sexual nature.
10) If reporting by mail, reports should be sent so that they arrive on or before the due date. If a receipt for any payments mailed is desired, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. If sending a payment by mail, be sure to identify who the payment is for and how it is to be applied.
There will be times when your officer is not available because s/he is: in Court, handling an emergency situation, transporting someone to placement, conducting field visits, on sick leave or vacation, or in mandatory training. If you have an appointment, you will be seen. If you need to see your officer for a reason other than reporting and have no appointment, call ahead to be sure that s/he is available.
The one violation that most often puts a person in jail or prison is failing to report when directed each month. Most people on probation only have to report once a month. Whatever your rationalization for not reporting (lack of transportation, work hours, etc.), you will have a hard time convincing your officer or the courts that you cannot arrange to report for 15 minutes out of a full month.