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Probation and Parole

Contact Information

Bradford County Courthouse
301 Main Street
Towanda, PA 18848
Justin Popovich, Chief Probation Officer

Phone: (570) 265-1706
Fax: (570) 265-1730
Email: popovichj@bradfordco.org

Office Hours

Monday-Friday
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Department Description

The Bradford County Probation Department provides probation and parole services to adult and juvenile offenders for the 42nd Judicial District of the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This judicial district consists of Bradford County. The employees of the Probation Department work for the Court and answer directly to President Judge Maureen Beirne. The services provided to the court and the community conform to the laws and regulations established in Pennsylvania. The primary focus of the department is to provide supervision, care and rehabilitation to adults and juveniles sentenced or released to the community, consistent with the protection of the public interest and community. Offenders are held accountable for the offenses they committed by being ordered to pay fines and perform community service. Offenders are referred to human service agencies so they can develop competencies that enable them to become responsible and productive members of the community. Whenever possible, the department attempts to assist offenders in working out their problems within community and family environment. When an offender fails to comply with the conditions of supervision, or they become a threat to the community through the commission of a criminal offense, the department’s power as a law enforcement agency is used to refer the case to court or arrest and detain the offender.

Services Provided

The Probation Department provides support services to the Criminal Court:

  • Prepare pre-sentence investigation reports for all adults entering guilty pleas or persons found guilty during trial, for both misdemeanor and felony offenses.
  • For offenders that are placed on probation as a sentence, and/or sentenced to the county jail for a maximum sentence of fewer than two years, the probation department would supervise the offender’s behavior in the community.
  • Recommends whether an offender sentenced to county jail should be released on parole at the conclusion of the minimum sentence.
  • The department also oversees the county jail’s Work Release Program and Furlough Program.
  • Processes juvenile offenders through the court process
  • Supervises juvenile offenders ordered by the court to a period of probation
  • Oversees the placement of delinquent offenders who have been removed from their homes and placed in a residential treatment center.
  • Probation officers are classified as law enforcement officers due to the powers of arrest they have over any offender court ordered under their supervision.