About Sentinel Offender Services

Since 1993, Sentinel Offender Services has been a trusted partner of courts, sheriff departments, probation and parole departments, and other law enforcement agencies from across the country. We provide comprehensive case management and offender-management services.

Sentinel pioneered the first participant-funded program model in which all program fees are paid for by the participants directly, saving taxpayers millions of dollars in jail costs. At the time of enrollment into a participant-funded program, Sentinel staff conducts detailed financial assessment on the individual. The results of that assessment are used to establish a suitable daily fee for the participant—based on their ability to pay—that is accordance with the supervising agency’s approved sliding fee schedule. This no-cost approach for the government can be provided for any of the services we offer.

Through these programs, Sentinel has been able to dramatically reduce the cost of expensive supervision for municipalities and their law enforcement agencies—all while operating with strict adherence to the rules, guidelines and oversight of our customers.

Moreover, our success has been built upon our ability to provide superior value through comprehensive, customizable and scalable services that include hardware, software, local community-based personnel and best-in-class 24/7/365 offender monitoring capabilities.

What Sentinel Cannot Do

As a private services provider to courts, community corrections agencies and law enforcement, Sentinel Offender Services can only carry out agreed upon contractual obligations on behalf of the customers we serve.

That does not mean however, that we have the power to execute or enforce any laws. As such, Sentinel CANNOT do any of the following:

 

  • Sentinel cannot issue warrants, citations or fines of any kind;
  • Sentinel does not have the power to arrest or incarcerate any individual;
  • Sentinel is neither capable nor responsible for the enforcement of any laws, penal codes, acts of legislation, or the execution of court orders or issued warrants;
  • Sentinel is contracted directly with a court/county or supervising agency and is often enlisted to collects fees, fines or restitution amounts on behalf of those contracted entities only. All fees collected are passed directly to the contracted court, agency or county on a daily basis, and;
  • As a private services company, Sentinel staff are not officers of the court and do not have political affiliations of any kind.

In an industry littered with huge, bureaucratic publicly-owned corporations, Sentinel stands out as a customer-centric, energetic and innovative partner among our peers. The following are just a few of the advantages to working with Sentinel:

Consistent Leadership

Our company vision has remained consistent. Robert Contestabile is the founder and owner of Sentinel Offender Services. He has been Sentinel’s CEO and president since 1993.

Experienced Management Team

Sentinel’s senior leadership team offers more than 200 years of combined industry experience. This is a rarity in an industry that simply didn’t exist 30 years ago. That amount of experience gives Sentinel a significant advantage when it comes to addressing the complex problems facing the criminal justice system.

24/7/365 National Monitoring Center

Sentinel provides its customers with live operators 24/7/365 to field incoming calls from our state-of-the-art National Monitoring Center located in our corporate headquarters in Irvine, California.

Sentinel is a Privately-Held Company

Sentinel is independently owned and does not have any shareholders. We are free to focus on what matters most—our customers.

Original Equipment Manufacturer

Sentinel manufactures its own products which means that we have the ability continually improve our products based on customer feedback and market demands.

We Are an Industry Leader

With more than 40 field locations nationwide, Sentinel has become an undisputed leader in providing comprehensive offender-management services to community corrections, courts and law enforcement agencies across the United States.

For more information on how Sentinel is positively impacting the efforts of judges, courts and the communities they support, contact Sales@SentinelAdvantage.com or by calling (800) 589-6003.