View Full Version : When does the Federal Probation Officer visit to approve a release site?


RAM
04-08-2004, 03:13 PM
My soon to be Husband will be released to a Halfway house for six months. But was told that he may be sent home as early as two weeks. My question is will the PO wait to come visit the home once heís there. Or will it be before they release him from the halfway house?

Also I was wondering if I should get rid of my stun gun?

He is not a violent offender, but I do know that he is not allowed to be around firearms because he is a Felon.

Just wasnít sure if that would fall in to that category or not?
Thanks in advance for any info given.
RAM

MrBill
04-08-2004, 07:19 PM
I have the same question about a paintball gun. Are these considered "fire arms"?

remiella
04-08-2004, 08:01 PM
A Po visited my home before any papers were processed for the half way house. He casually walked in the house i was told and did no searches or asked peculiar questions. This happened 3 months before i went to half way house. He did ask if there are firearms in the house although my charge was non violent.
In order to make things easy on yourself, get rid of anything that may be questionable, paintguns, play guns, anything that resembles a gun and anything that may be deemed as a gun. Then you can answer with confidence "no" we have no guns in the house. Parole and probation officers vary in personality, imposition of rules and power trips. You want to have all these variables at bay when that visit occurs. If you have no coflicts the process will be smooth and easy for everyone. Peace

RAM
04-08-2004, 09:47 PM
Thanks remiella,
But my "stun gun" does not look like a gun. It’s called a taser and its squre.
I did ask my baby the question tonight and he said that no it would aply to him
Thank you for the advice though, i wont really need it once hes home anyway!!!

RAM
04-08-2004, 09:49 PM
Oh & happy belated Birthday!!!

remiella
04-09-2004, 07:25 PM
Thanks Ram

lovejana22
04-11-2004, 09:36 PM
My fiance called last night and said he just filled out the paper work for the p.o. about where he is going to live. Does anyone know how long after they do the paper work that the p.o. comes?
Jana

Tauliah
04-11-2004, 09:52 PM
When my husband went to a correctional center, the agent visited within a week or so, before he ever set foot on the premises. They don't go in your refrigerator, like the CPS worker will do or in your bedroom or in your closets or anything crazy. They will sniff for drugs and do a visual for drug paraphenalia or any obvious criminal behavior. It is better not to have any one at your home during the visit. They will ask you basic questions about house size and residents of the home, relationship to offender, schools, employment, etc. K.i.s.s. it. Keep it short and sweet. Don't be friendly. You want them to leave as soon as possible. If he is paroled to your house, the parole officer will want to come to do a home check as above as soon as possible. Handle your business.:ham: That stun gun. I wouldn't get rid of it but I wouldn't tell anyone that you have it, not even him. The MDOC people will freak so lie, lie, lie. but also, it may be an unnecessary temptation for your man to flex his stupid muscles, use it on you or get into trouble with it. Touching it is a violation of his parole and a stupid offender won't be able to resist touching it. Remember what you have it for. For your own protection, against whomever. Hide it and keep it secret and never mention that you have it. :cool:

RAM
04-12-2004, 09:45 AM
Thanks Tauliah

jdkodiak
04-13-2004, 07:56 AM
When my husband came home the first time the P.O. visted before he got there. She did this to check out the house that he would be living in as well as check for any contraban and weapons that might be in the house. I would get rid of the stun gun as I'm sure this would be considered a weapon. I don't know about a paint ball gun you might want to ask the P.O. before they arrive. After my husband came home the P.O. made several unannounced visits to our home, they will do this on weekends and even at night. They have the right to search every inch of your home each time they visit as this is in the contract that you sign to be able to have the parolee live in the home. (They only searched my home once and this was the second visit).They do this just to make sure that their parolee is walking on the straight and narrow. My husband had a few different P.O.'s I don't know why they switch around but it seems like everytime he got a new P.O. they would come to the house to check it out. The Parole officer also has the right to go to your place of work if they think its necessary. My husbands parole office only did this once. I'm sure that this could put some people in an embarrassing situation but for my guy it wasn't so bad because he had his own business and all of his employees new he was on parole and never judged him for that. Hope this helps somewhat.

RAM
04-13-2004, 10:40 AM
Thank you jdkodiak

lovejana22
04-13-2004, 12:52 PM
Does anyone know how long after the inmate fills out the paper work, that the p.o. comes?

RAM
04-13-2004, 12:58 PM
The paper work for parole to your home? I am not sure, but from what I have read it seems like they can before or after.

jdkodiak
04-13-2004, 02:19 PM
The parole officer will do a background check on you before he ever comes to your home. He or she does this to make sure that you are not a felon (Felons can't live with other felons or associate with them while on parole). This paper work takes time to get through the red tape. Once you have passed a background check then the P.O. will come knocking at your door whenever he or she feels like it. There is no set time. They will come when they want but it will be at least a few days before your guy comes home. This visit is usually unnannounced to make sure that your arn't smoking dope or running a meth lab or anything of that nature. When your guy comes home from prison the first time then he might be escorted by the P.O. or he might even wait a few days or even weeks before he makes his first official visit. Please remember that all P.O.'s are different and do things differently and have different attitudes about different things. I am only telling you about my experience with the P.O.'s GOOD LUCK and if you both stay on the straight & narrow then you should never have a problem.

cjjack
04-13-2004, 03:26 PM
My probation officer never did a home visit to my release to my release address. I know severl people where this has happend. Out of the 26 people from my RDAP class that were released at the same time I was about 15 had visits to their home. The rest did not. I would venture to say it depends on the district and the officer. My probation officer has only made one visit to my home and did not look through anything.

I live with my fiance and she never ran a background check on him. I asked her about this and she stated that I am the one on supervised release not him. I have a very nice probation officer. Maybe I just lucked out!

lovejana22
04-13-2004, 04:19 PM
They have nothing to worry about at this house. I live here with his mother and our two kids. We just want to make sure we have everything in order.

David
04-13-2004, 06:32 PM
I have the same question about a paintball gun. Are these considered "fire arms"?
Not at all, but make sure you put it in your vehicles trunk to and from the course.. Wouldn't want a police officer to pull you over and get upset about it while you are on paper.. I know they are not illegal to have in your lap if you want but some kids in Texas have been (for a while now) doing drive-bye'z and I have heard about adults (even) being questioned quite heavily by officers when pulled over on the way back from a field.. No use in being one of them.. :)

David
04-13-2004, 06:41 PM
I was given an approximate half-way house date around 5 months (I think) prior to when I went to 1/2 way house.. Paperwork was sent to my parents (that is where I was releasing to after 1/2 way house) for them to fill out and a Probation Officer visited their house about 2 months before I went to 1/2 way.. They asked about guns and other related questions..

In the Southern District of Texas, you can count on this happening almost all of the time.. The PO's are professional across the board from what I have heard form others that I spoke to about this when I got to 1/2 way house.. All the probation officers I had afterwords were as well.. They don't hassle you unless you hassle yourself..

DEFINITELY make sure there are no firearms at your release location.. I don't say this because they are going to search your release site.. They never did mine. But, for those of you that are not aware and are a felon.. If you get caught with any type of firearm, or amunition for that fact, you are going back to prison either with a revocation, or a revocation and a new sentence.. The feds don't play around when it comes to firearms.. I did 27 months for one.. I know guys that are doing over 15 years.. And this is without using it in a crime.. In that case, you will get much more..

Just thought I would stress this.. My father used to sell guns as a hobby (federally licensed) and has a fairly large collection. He had to get all of them moved out of there.. Even non-functioning antiques..

Don't let yourself get caught up..

Fed-X

P.S. Paintguns are cool.. Crossbows are too if you get permission while you are on probation.. That goes for bows and other weapons that can be considered dangerous.. For those of you who are getting off, or have gotten off probation or parole (federal).. You can no longer own or possess a firearm.. EVER.. Unless you get a pardon.. that means a little .22 cal rifle you want to teach little Bobby how to shoot can get you sent to prison for 2+++ years..

David
04-13-2004, 06:43 PM
Of course, drugs (etc) will get you sent back too and new charges filed quite possibly.. ;)

sickofprisons
04-14-2004, 01:57 AM
My bf is in a federal camp, and he told me about a month or so ago that he had filled out the paperwork for the halfway house he's scheduled for in Sept. He told me a P.O. might come visit, and sure enough, he did- 6 months before his date!! He came pounding on the door about noon one day. I sleep in the daytime because I work graveyard. I was so mad at whoever was knocking so loud (thought it must be a salesman because I wasn't expecting the P.O. so soon). i was too tired to get dressed and answer so he went away. He called me from his cell phone, but of course I had the ringer off so I didn't know until I played the messages back later that evening. This was a Friday. I caed his number back Sat., but he wasn't in the office until Monday. Thank God- it gave me time to do a sweep of the house, and I don't meAn for contraband- I am the world's worst housekeeper and I would have been so embarrassed! He just did a walk through of the house, asked me if I had weapons but didn't check anything, and did an interview, mostly going over my bf's criminal record to make sure I was aware of all his charges. (After 17 years, there are no surprises!) But they are supervising the offender, not you, so as long as you don't appear to be part of the problem, they very likely won't do anything to make your life miserable (except wake you up in the middle of the day!)

RAM
04-14-2004, 10:40 AM
Wow Sickofprisons - 5 months before he was at the halfway house.

Well I wonder where this PO is we have less then that to go. My Baby will be home July 13th. Well at least to the halfway house.

Thanks Fed-X for sharing, and for the advice. I think I will sell my Stun gun just so there arent any problems.
Better safe then sorry.

Phoenix_Rising
05-19-2004, 09:00 PM
I have an odd question... What if someone who lives in the house has to have a gun, like a cop? How does a PO address that? You can't have a gun, they have to have a gun.

Ireys
01-23-2011, 09:47 PM
I live in an apartment complex where my son is to be released to my address. Will the PO say anything to my apartment manager?

bellisq
01-25-2011, 09:17 AM
It is possible, depending on the type of case and the individual PO. If it is a SO or CP charge, I think you can count on it. If he doesn't have one of those charges, you should be ok even it the manager knows. This is not the case with government housing, if the charge is drugs.

ray1977
01-25-2011, 10:01 AM
I live in an apartment complex where my son is to be released to my address. Will the PO say anything to my apartment manager?


you know i called the PO office the other day where i live to see if my BF would be able to come to stay with me. b/c i have heard that you had to be married. i was also worried that since i live in an apt complex they would need to check with the property manager. he told me a long as things were good on my end then i will be fine. that once my BF gets to the hwh and he will fill out paper work where he will be released and they will come and inspect my home. they do not have to go through the properyy manger. i am notsure if it diferent rules for different states though. call the PO office just to see. i hope this helps. good luck:)

ray1977
01-25-2011, 10:03 AM
i dont live in goverment housing.

Rocksgirl
01-25-2011, 10:24 AM
Thanks remiella,
But my "stun gun" does not look like a gun. Itís called a taser and its squre.
I did ask my baby the question tonight and he said that no it would aply to him
Thank you for the advice though, i wont really need it once hes home anyway!!!

Get rid of it. Anything that can be considered a weapon...

bellisq
01-25-2011, 05:44 PM
Good advice.

Erica_Evans
02-23-2011, 05:31 PM
My husband is due to be released May 5th, his probation officer was waiting on me outside of my house when I pulled up to my home from work. He came in Ocotber & he did a complete background check on me. before he arrived. He asked me if I travelled outside of the jurisdiction, where too, and how often. He causually walked through my entire house, I had to open my safe, show him all of my closets and potential hiding spots. He sat me down gave me the rules of the offender, my rules, told me who he was allowed to associate with and who he was not (he gave specific names for who he was not allowed to associate with). Told me he is not allowed in any state with a port without prior permission, which permission for those states are usually NEVER granted. Then he gave me his business card told me to contact him if I had any more questions between now and the time he arrived, and that he would be in contact with my husband during his stay in the halfway house.

bellisq
02-25-2011, 03:33 PM
I think that this PO sounds thoughtful and helpful. Sure you didn't like the surprise, but he did make it clear of the parameters of a successful SR. In your husband's situation, looks like it will be helpful for you both to be on the same page. Good luck and hope the time flies by til May 5.

WORTHWAITINGFOR
02-28-2011, 04:45 PM
How long did it take for you hubby to get his halfway house date???

Rocksgirl
03-08-2011, 08:09 PM
My soon to be Husband will be released to a Halfway house for six months. But was told that he may be sent home as early as two weeks. My question is will the PO wait to come visit the home once heís there. Or will it be before they release him from the halfway house?

Also I was wondering if I should get rid of my stun gun?

He is not a violent offender, but I do know that he is not allowed to be around firearms because he is a Felon.

Just wasnít sure if that would fall in to that category or not?
Thanks in advance for any info given.
RAM

My fiance did his paperwork in November. The PO came out to my house in January. We got approved in February. He goes to HWH in June. Home for good in December. She stayed less than 10 min. I would get rid of the stun gun just to err on the side of caution. Good luck.