“We also have an administrative procedure which allows officers to bring offenders in for a hearing with me. In these cases, we basically work out an agreement with the offender to either receive some consequences for the violation, i.e., community service work and/or seek additional services designed to modify behavior, i.e., substance abuse counseling.”
More serious violations require the offender to reappear before the judge. The officer makes a recommendation that probation either be revoked or continued with specific modifications. The prosecuting attorney and the offender’s attorney also have the option to make a recommendation. Ultimately, the presiding judge decides the offender’s fate.
Over the years, Rice has honed her skills by being involved in programs related to her work.
From January 1990 to April 1992, she was director of the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program (CASA). The program serves as an advocate for children involved with the welfare and probation departments.
From April 1999 to January 2002, she was the community corrections program director. She was responsible for creating a program that includes electronically monitored home detention and work release components.
In addition to holding those positions, Rice has been actively involved with the Probation Officer’s Professional Association of Indiana. She was the district representative from 1996 to 1999 and vice-president from 1999 to 2003. Since 2003 she has been the training and conference coordinator.
Rice has also served on the Probation Officers’ Advisory Board, Indiana Judicial Center, the American Probation and Parole Association, the Miami County Child Abuse Prevention Council, and the Miami County Community Corrections Board of Directors.
She is also a member of the Peru school board, and since 2011 has been a certified school safety specialist with the Indiana Department of Education.
Despite a job that can be demanding, Rice said she enjoys her work — which has a key similarity to her late father’s occupation: obtaining information and making judgments.