The U.S. Probation Office serves Austin, Brazos, Chambers, Fayette, Galveston, Harris, Madison, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Waller and Wharton counties in Texas. The department specializes in providing probation and pretrial services in the country s district courts. It intervenes in the cases of frauds, forgeries, serious crimes and juvenile investigations. It offers a variety of services, such as docketing, filing appeals and jury management. the U.S. Probation Office also interviews defendants and offenders. The department is a part of the United States District Court. In addition, it prepares reports related to release and sentencing decisions. The U.S. Probation Office maintains several locations in Texas, including Houston.