In 2001, administration of Broward County's probation program was transferred from court administration to the Broward Sheriff's Office. BSO monitors misdemeanor offenders sentenced in county court to ensure compliance with conditions imposed by the court, provides assistance to offenders through referrals to social service agencies and administers a specialized program of intensive supervision for misdemeanor domestic violence offenders.
Probation is the post-trial liaison between the individual and the court. In a typical scenario, an individual is sentenced to probation by a judge, assigned a probation officer, set up with a case management plan, reports at least monthly to the assigned officer and complies with the orders of the court. Successful compliance results in a closed case. If, however, an individual fails to comply with the orders within the timeframe specified, probation is violated and a warrant is issued for arrest.
BSO's Probation Division provides intake processing, monitoring and supervision of all misdemeanor offenders placed on probation or community service by the County Court. The agency also provides investigative and violation reports which aid the Court in determining appropriate sentencing for offenders and protection for the community.
BSO's Probation Division also supervises the Misdemeanor Diversion Program for "first- time offenders". The program is a 3-6 month supervision period depending on the type of charge. Upon successful completion of the program, the offender's case is dismissed.
For more information, please contact BSO's Department of Community Programs at (954) 535-2373.Probation Main Office
540 S.E. 3rd Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
FAX: (954) 765-4567 North Office
1600 W. Hillsboro Boulevard Room 220
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
FAX: (954) 831-1290 South Office
3550 Hollywood Boulevard Room 240
Hollywood, FL 33021
FAX: (954) 964-0286 West Office
100 N. Pine Island Road, Room 280
Plantation, FL 33324
FAX: (954) 370-3715
Manager Pearlie Meisel
Pearlie Meisel joined the Broward Sheriff’s Office in October 1999 when the county’s Drug Court Program merged with BSO. She was promoted to manager of the Day Reporting and Reentry Division in July 2003, and was named to head the Probation Division in 2006.
Ms. Meisel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Union Institute and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Barry University. She is a registered clinical social worker intern and a state certified addictions professional. Her experience in the field of social work and criminal justice includes more than twenty years.