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Misdemeanor Probation Services

The mission of the Misdemeanor Probation Service is to divert misdemeanor offenders from the East Tennessee Court System and Jails, and to provide the necessary supervision and services to the offenders with the goal of reducing the probability of continual criminal behavior while reducing the over crowded jail problems and the burden on the criminal and sessions court cases throughout East Tennessee.

Misdemeanor Probation Services

The misdemeanor program offers legal and liability coverage and program financial collection reports to the judges, courts and clerks and county mayors. If requested by the courts the program provides: electronic monitoring (24 hour coverage), curfew checks, alcohol and drug screening, GED schools, psychological evaluations, monitoring of community service work, DUI school, self esteem and character development, domestic violence counseling and monitoring of victims, Tennessee Driving Improvement program, monitoring the collection of court costs and fines, monitoring the restitution paid to victims, job enhancement programs, monitoring job search and wage verification, and monitoring all conditions as ordered by the courts.

The program currently operates in 15 East Tennessee counties. The convicted misdemeanor offenders are sentenced to supervision as a suspended sentence, or as a suspended sentence in conjunction with incarceration, or periodic confinement.

History: The Misdemeanor Probation Program developed as a result of the efforts of the Honorable Judge James E. Beckner and Mr. Gordon Acuff, former ETHRA Executive Director. Beckner and Acuff identified a continuing need for supervised probation of offenders on a more intense level than authorized previously by the Tennessee Code Annotated. This need arose out of the change in reducing felonies to misdemeanor offenses by the 1989 Reducing Sentence Law. This unique program allowed for intense supervision of misdemeanor probationers for the first time in Tennessee history. Even more unique, the program was established to operate entirely without cost to the county, state or federal government or taxpayers.

Program Quick Stats

3900 +

Active clients under supervision


Hours of community service completed this year


Court costs paid by clients this year


Judy Brewer
Program Director
(423) 587-6511


The Misdemeanor Probation Program is self-funded through client fees.

Helping to Serve


Counties Served

Claiborne County, Campbell County, Morgan County, Cocke County, Grainger County, Greene County, Hamblen County, Hancock County, Hawkins County, Jefferson County, Loudon County, Roane County, Scott County, Sevier County, Union County