Bradford L. Barnes
Director/Chief Probation Officer
507 Third Street • Columbus, IN 47201
Phone 812-379-1640 • Fax 812-373-2075
Office Hours: Mon - Fri, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Statement of Purpose
We are committed to making the community safer
by reducing the risk of repetitive criminal behavior.
Court Services plays an integral role in the delivery of services to probationers as well as holding those probationers accountable for compliance with court orders and supervision rules. Court Services refers clients to outside agencies for services but also provides in-house programming (see Programming and Services). Office visits, urine drug screens, and home visits with searches are an important part of monitoring compliance. Searches are conducted in partnership with the Indiana State Police, Columbus Police Department and/or Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.
Probation officers have two primary functions as defined by statute - to prepare social histories or Presentence Investigation Reports and supervise probationers. Social histories must be written on all juvenile delinquents awaiting out-of-home placement, while Presentence Investigation Reports are written on all adult defendants who could be imprisoned in excess of 1 year. Also included in these reports are various documents such as school records and psychiatric reports. The social history is a sentencing tool for the court.
The probation officer monitors probationers making sure conditions of probation are followed. If he/she is arrested or fails to follow through on a special condition such as not completing a treatment program, the probation department sets in motion a hearing to determine if a violation has occurred. If the probationer is found to be in violation, the probation officer may submit a sentencing recommendation.
In 1994, Bartholomew County changed how it did business. Adult/Juvenile Probation, Community Corrections and the Alternative Sentencing Program (Alcohol/Drug Program) were combined into Bartholomew County Court Services.
In August 2001, the National Institute of Corrections, The International Community Corrections Association, Indiana Department of Correction, Bartholomew County Court Services and Bartholomew County Courts sponsored an introductory training for “What Works.” The Judges, Sheriff, Prosecuting Attorney and the majority of Court Services staff attended this training that provided information on evidence based empirically validated programs. This information has provided direction for the Courts and Court Services. Since that training, the local judiciary, staff and community representatives have continued to meet to evaluate service delivery within the Courts, Court Services, Youth Services and local/state treatment agencies. Court Services continues to strive to reduce the risk of recidivism and to implement “What Works.”
Director/Chief Probation Officer - Bradford L. Barnes
Assistant Chief Probation Officer - Kimberly D. Maus
Director of Residential Services - Rob Gaskill
Supervisor, Community Corrections - Chad Heimlich
Supervisor, Residential Services - Dennis Prior
Supervisor, Adult/Alcohol and Drug - Sabrina Myers
Supervisor, Juvenile Probation - Nichole Hall
Interstate Compact/Pre-Trial Services - Jill Mao