Probation & Parole

About the Department

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. 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 in which they may develop competencies to 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.

Department Services

The Probation Department is responsible for juvenile and adult probation/parole services for the 42nd Judicial District of the 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 the President Judge Maureen T. Beirne. The Probation Department provides intake services to the Criminal Court by preparing pre-sentence investigation reports for all adults entering guilty pleas or persons found guilty during trial, for misdemeanor and felony offenses. If a criminal offender is placed on probation as a sentence, of if the offender is sentenced to the county jail for a maximum sentence of less than two years, the Probation Department would supervise the offender's behavior in the community.

The Probation Department is also responsible for recommending whether an offender sentenced to county jail should be released on parole at the conclusion of the minimum sentence. The Probation Department also oversees the county jail's Work Release Program and Furlough Program. The Probation Department provides intake services to the Juvenile Court by processing juvenile offenders through the Court process, as well as supervising juvenile offenders ordered by the Court to a period of probation. The Probation Department also 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. Presently the Probation Office has 22 Staff Members.

Chief Probation Officer

Justin Popovich:

Justin Popovich is a native of Wilkes-Barre and a graduate of Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R) Memorial High School, Class of 2003. He attended Wilkes University where he earned a Bachelors of Arts with a major in Criminology in 2007. His career with the Bradford County Probation Department began in 2009. His core work focused on helping the youth population in the Towanda and Wyalusing areas. In 2012, Justin received full endorsement from the Juvenile Court Judges Commission of Pennsylvania to pursue his graduate degree in Administration of Justice from Shippensburg University. Commencing his graduate work in 2014, he was appointed Chief Adult/Juvenile Probation Officer in June 2016 by the Honorable President Judge Maureen T. Beirne. Justin is a proud brother to three younger sisters and enjoys being married to his wonderful wife. They both are proud Bradford County residents and blessed to be raising their daughter in the area.

Contact the Department

Bradford County Courthouse
301 Main Street
Towanda,PA 18848
Phone: (570) 265-1706
Fax: (570) 265-1730

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