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Probation

Probation is the conditional release of an adjudicated juvenile offender back into the community under specific orders. Probation Officers monitor compliance with court orders as well as assist the child and family in improving the child’s overall condition. Five (5) full-time Probation Officers supervise a monthly average of approximately 100 youth. Routine contacts are accomplished through office visits, home visits, and school visits. Additionally, Probation Officers provide linkage and networking services to local service providers in an attempt to achieve the desired results as directed by the court. Currently, Juvenile Probation Officers are employing case management techniques to bring a balanced approach in dealing with juvenile accountability, competency development and individualized assessment and treatment toward the goal of rehabilitation of the youth. In addition, the Probation Officers emphasize parental accountability and responsibility.

Each probation officer is assigned to a school district and visits the schools on a weekly basis to see the students and get feedback from school staff regarding the students on probation.

LEVELS OF PROBATION:

NON-REPORTING PROBATION – 90 Days
The court assigns a sanction to be completed by the youth within the 90-day time frame as a result of a formal, informal, or mediation by the court.

    Probation Officers assist the youth and parents by making any needed referrals to agencies outside the court.
    The case will be closed upon successful completion of ordered sanctions.

LEVEL I PROBATION – Six Months
The court orders a youth placed on probation as the result of a formal hearing.

    A Probation Officer will supervise the youth by:

    • Setting up formal probation rules approved by the court
    Meeting with the youth at least once every two weeks,
    Having a case review and reassessment every 90 days
    Performing drug screens as needed
    Monitoring court sanctions,
    Making referrals to community-based treatment agencies; and
    Holding youth accountable for their actions by issuing appropriate sanctions or probation violations.

LEVEL II PROBATION – Nine Months
The court orders a youth placed on probation as the result of a formal hearing.

    A Probation Officer will supervise the youth by:
    Setting up formal probation rules approved by the court
    Meeting with the youth at least once every two weeks,
    Having a case review and reassessment every 90 days
    Performing drug screens as needed
    Monitoring court sanctions,
    Making referrals to community-based treatment agencies; and
    Holding youth accountable for their actions by issuing appropriate sanctions or probation violations.


INTENSIVE SUPERVISION PROBATION – One Year (Four Phases)

The Intensive Supervision Program is a level of probation that affords the highest level of monitoring by the court. The court orders a youth placed on the intensive supervision probation as the result of a formal hearing or an extremely high score on the risk assessment. Once complete, the youth is released from probation.

Phase I – Three Months

Includes an electronic monitor
Supervision includes:

One office visit per week
Two home visits per week
Random phone contacts
Random drug screens


Phase ll – Three Months

Includes an electronic monitor
Supervision includes:

One office visit per week
One home visit per week
One phone contact per day
Random drug screens

Phase III – Two Months

Curfew is established based on age, behavior, responsibility, and school performance
Supervision includes:

– One office visit per week
– Home visits only if needed
Two phone contacts per day
Random drug screens

Phase IV – Four Months

Curfew is established based on age, behavior, responsibility, and school performance
Supervision includes:

– One phone contact per month by the Intensive Probation Officer for compliance with court orders
Random calls by the In-Home Detention Officer for monitoring and curfew checks
Random drug screens

IN-HOME DETENTION

The court orders a youth placed on the in-home detention program as a result of formal hearing for violation of probation. The youth and family will be referred to the in-home detention officer who will set up supervision for the program

Phase I – 30 Credit Days

• Youth is on house arrest and cannot leave their residence except for school, counseling, work, or church services with their parents
• No contact with other peers
• Supervision includes:

– Minimum of 5 contacts per day by the in-home detention officer
– Random drug screens

Phase II – 30 Credit Days

The youth is moved into Phase II immediately upon successful completion of 30 credit days on Phase I.

• Youth is on house arrest and cannot leave their residence except for school, counseling, work, church services or to accompany their parents with 24 hour advance permission from the in-home detention officer
• Peers will be allowed to visit if there is parental supervision present at all times and the youth has permission from the in-home detention officer 24 hours in advance
• Supervision includes:

– Minimum of 4 contacts per day by the in-home detention officer
– Random drug screens


ELECTRONIC MONITORING

If a child is placed under an order of house arrest, the Court can utilize an ankle bracelet and monitor the child electronically with the use of phone lines. A report is then furnished which indicates whether the child has absconded or otherwise violated house arrest.

 

   
 
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