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  Stephen Eyrick, Chief Probation Officer

Robert Schuster, Deputy Chief Probation Officer - La Porte Division

809 State Street Suite 101 La Porte, IN 46350

Phone: (219) 325-5568 Fax: (219) 325-3260

HOURS: Monday - 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Tuesday - 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Wednesday - 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM Thursday - 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Friday - 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Lyn Swanson, Deputy Chief Probation Officer - Michigan City Division

1002 E. US Highway 20, Suite 103 Michigan City, IN 46360

Phone: (219) 809-0512 Fax: (219) 325-3260

HOURS: Monday - 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Tuesday - 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Wednesday - 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Thursday - 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Friday - 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Effective September 28. 2020 the Michigan City Division of the Probation Department will be located at 1002 E. US Highway 20, Michigan City, IN.  This is the former Browne Mackie building.  Do not report to this office before September 28th.  The Michigan City Courthouse is no longer open to the public due to reconstruction.

All LaPorte County buildings are now open, effective Monday, July 6, 2020.  However, the following guidelines for probation appointments will be followed:

  • We will be conducting limited pre-scheduled, in-office, probation appointments
  • DO NOT REPORT in-person to your probation appointment unless told to do so by your probation officer
  • Only individuals with an appointment will be admitted.  Do not bring anyone with you
  • UNLESS YOU ARE TOLD DIFFERENTLY, CALL YOUR PROBATION OFFICER by telephone
  • If your phone number has changed, please use the Contact the Department tab and advise us of your new phone number
  • You must speak to your probation officer directly, a voice mail will not be recognized as a contact
  • If you have a scheduled appointment with your officer and do not receive a phone call, you must contact your officer by phone immediately Contact the Department or click for Probation Saff Email and Phone Extensions

Probation User Fees can be paid by the following methods:

  1. Probation User Fees can be paid by credit card through Govpaynet at https://www.govpaynet.com/why/why-govpaynet.php.  Phone Payments:  888-604-7888.  LAPORTE COUNTY ADULT PROBATION PLC #2314.  GovPayNet accepts the major credit, debit, or prepaid debit cards, including Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover, Debit Cards.  GovPayNet charges a non-refundable fee for its services listed above.
  2. Payments can be mailed to LaPorte County Adult Probation Office; we only accept cashier checks or money orders.  Mailing addresses are:
    1. 809 State St., Suite 101, LaPorte, IN 46350
    2. 300 Washington St., Suite 222, Michigan City, IN 46360
  3. Payments can be made at the LaPorte Courthouse in the dropbox outside of the building.  Please be sure to write your name and “For Probation Fees” on the outside of the envelope.  You can use your own envelope or one provided at the box.  You can pay with cash, money order or cashier check.
  4. Payments can be made in Michigan City at the Temporary Courthouse, 1001 E. US Hwy 20, in the dropbox outside of the building.  Please be sure to write your name and “For Probation Fees” on the outside of the envelope.  You can use your own envelope or one provided at the box.  You can pay with cash, money order or cashier check.

John Augustus, the “Father of Probation,” is recognized as the first true probation officer. Augustus was born in Woburn, Massachusetts in 1785. By 1829, he was a permanent resident of Boston and the owner of a successful boot-making business. It was undoubtedly his membership in the Washington Total Abstinence Society that led him to the Boston courts. Washingtonians abstained from alcohol themselves and were convinced that abusers of alcohol could be rehabilitated through understanding, kindness, and sustained moral suasion, rather than through conviction and jail sentences.

In 1841, John Augustus attended police court to bail out a “common drunkard,” the first probationer. The offender was ordered to appear in court three weeks later for sentencing. He returned to court a sober man, accompanied by Augustus. To the astonishment of all in attendance, his appearance and demeanor had dramatically changed.

Augustus thus began an 18-year career as a volunteer probation officer. Not all of the offenders helped by Augustus were alcohol abusers, nor were all prospective probationers taken under his wing. Close attention was paid to evaluating whether or not a candidate would likely prove to be a successful subject for probation. The offender’s character, age, and the people, places, and things apt to influence him or her were all considered.

Augustus was subsequently credited with founding the investigations process, one of three main concepts of modern probation, the other two being intake and supervision. Augustus, who kept detailed notes on his activities, was also the first to apply the term “probation” to his method of treating offenders.

By 1858, John Augustus had provided bail for 1,946 men and women. Reportedly, only 10 of this number forfeited their bond, a remarkable accomplishment when measured against any standard. His reformer’s zeal and dogged persistence won him the opposition of certain segments of Boston society as well as the devotion and aid of many Boston philanthropists and organizations. The first probation statute, enacted in Massachusetts shortly after this death in 1859, was widely attributed to his efforts.

The La Porte County Adult Probation Department promotes public safety and productive lives at all phases of the criminal justice system by focusing on evidence-based practices, custody alternatives and the humane treatment of adult clients. The Department operates as an arm of the Courts, and is responsible for services required by the Adult Courts, including pretrial assessments, probation, and Problem Solving Courts. The department operates under three divisions: La Porte, Michigan City and Pretrial. In 2011, the Indiana Supreme Court enacted Administrative Rule 18, requiring all Indiana Counties to operate a unified or consolidated probation department. The Judges of La Porte County consolidated the four existing adult probation departments into the La Porte County Adult Probation Department.

MISSION STATEMENT

“Changing Lives Every Day”

VISION STATEMENT

Providing evidence-based services to people under supervision to foster behavioral change, while holding the individual accountable and promoting community safety

PROBATION CASELOAD

On January 1, 2020, the Indiana Supreme Court enacted Criminal Rule 26, establishing pretrial services throughout Indiana.  Criminal Rule 26 was codified in Ind. Code 35-31.5-2-121.5 et. seq. and is effective for all Indiana courts on January 1, 2020.  Learn more here: Pretrial Services

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