Programs & Services - Juvenile Services
Juvenile Services provides community protection and safety by enforcing compliance with court-ordered probation while also offering rehabilitative opportunities to juvenile offenders, thereby reducing recidivism. Deputy Probation Officers fulfill the roles of Peace Officer, Case Manager, and Advocate for youths involved in delinquent behavior. Probation Officers serve in various functions, including Intake, Investigations, Supervision of High-Risk Youths and Gender-Specific Girls' Caseloads, Community Probation Program, Out-of-Home Placement, Family Preservation Program, Home Supervision and Court Officers.
Minors delivered into custody by the police to Juvenile Hall for a law violation are assessed to determine whether they will remain in custody or can be released, as well as the need for further action, including whether to request the District Attorney to file a petition in Court.
When the District Attorney has filed a petition with the Court and the Court has found the minor to be responsible for committing a violation of the law (602 Welfare and Institutions Code), a Probation Officer is assigned to investigate the circumstances of the case and background of the minor and to make a recommendation to the Court as to the appropriate disposition. Pre-sentence investigations are performed on Superior and limited Municipal Court referrals.
The Investigation Unit looks into the minor's background and takes into account: family life, academic history, and community participation, in an effort to make the best possible recommendation to the court.
Probation Officers assigned to the Community Probation Program supervise both girls and boys. Outcomes for the program include five components: Education, Medical Assessments, Employment, Drug Use, Alcohol Use
The Probation Department has targeted zip code areas that have higher incidents of violence and have created specialized caseloads to address risk factors of both youth and adults in those neighborhoods.
Juvenile Field Services has three specialized caseloads consisting of males between the ages of 16-18 with drug offenses and/or history of weapon possession, and/or history of violence.
The Truancy Unit was established to address risk factors of youth that are habitually truant and/or have been referred to Probation for a first time offense that can be diverted.
The goal of the program is to provide intense, front-end services that will resolve risk factors that lead to school failure and further involvement in the juvenile justice system.
Prevention Services is committed to providing services to youths who are at-risk for entering the juvenile justice system. Problems with school, substance abuse, conflicts with family or peers, and running away are risk factors that need attention. Probation contracts with over 20 Community Based Organizations to assist any at-risk youths and their families.
Contracts include Youth and Family Counseling, as well as services provided by 11 youth service centers throughout the County, and a short-term crisis receiving home for runaway or incorrigible youths.
A minor placed on Home Supervision by the Court or Probation Officer shall be required to sign a written promise (contract) that he/she understands and will observe the specific conditions of the program. The conditions may include curfew, school attendance, requirements related to the protection of the minor or the person or property of another, or to the minor's appearance at Court Hearings, etc.
Out-of-home placement has two fundamental goals for minors:
The Family Preservation Program is a 90-120 day intensive supervision program that can help families avoid out-of-home placement of their delinquent teen or help reunite families of teens who have successfully completed a placement program.