Juvenile Community Supervision
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Community Supervision Explained
When a juvenile is released from custody or is otherwise placed on probation by a juvenile court judge, the youth will be supervised in the community by a probation officer who will make regular contact with the youth at their home, school, and work. Probationers are assessed by their gender, age, prior offense record, and criminal sophistication and placed in a corresponding supervision program. For example, gang members are supervised by probation officers in the gang unit. Probationers may also be required to perform community service, attend school, pay restitution, participate in rehabilitation programs, in addition to maintaining a law-abiding lifestyle.
The Probation Department's juvenile division (Juvenile Field Services) is organized to provide a continuum of services for youth at all stages of the criminal justice system, from no criminal record to multiple felony convictions.
Programs and Services
These programs address community, family, and individual risk factors and enhance protective factors that will minimize the risk of delinquent behavior and entry into the juvenile justice system.
- Community Assessment Teams (CATs):
The CATs are community-based prevention and intervention programs designed to provide services to families with school-age youth who have chronic behavior problems or other issues (i.e., chaotic home life, inadequate parental supervision) that place them at risk of entering or continuing in the Juvenile Justice system. Home-based in five locations throughout the county, mobile teams provide in-home, strength-based assessments, interventions, referrals and case management services for eligible families.
The San Diego Police Department’s Sports Training Academic and Recreation (STAR) program and the County’s Police Athletic League (PAL) merged into one major activities-oriented program to benefit the community. STAR/PAL’s focus is on providing athletic, recreational and literacy services and opportunities to youth and their families throughout the San Diego area.
- School Based Probation Officer Program (SBPO):
This program targets juveniles with school attendance problems, grades K-12, in three school districts. The Probation Department provides a School Probation Officer at each of the sites to assist in monitoring the juvenile’s attendance through direct contact with the juvenile and his/her family. The goals are to increase the juvenile’s school attendance and enhance academic achievement.
These programs provide immediate, swift responses within the community for youth entering the beginning stages of the juvenile justice system.
- Intake and Investigation:
This unit determines whether a case will be diverted from the juvenile justice system, handled informally, or referred to the District Attorney for filing of a petition. If the Court makes a true finding, investigation probation officers will conduct a comprehensive investigation for the Court in order to make recommendations for the minor’s case during the disposition hearing. The investigation will include circumstances regarding the offense and the minor’s delinquent and social history. Recommendations are then made to the Court based on all of the information obtained during the investigation.
The unit’s primary function is to transport wards to and from various Court ordered placements and appointments and to medical and private appointments.
These programs provide juvenile offender supervision, accountability of compliance with court ordered conditions of probation, and assistance to lawful self-sufficiency.
- After Care Program:
This is a Probation Department program which designs individual treatment and case plans for youth returning from local camp commitments and Residential Treatment Facilities (RTFs). Youth assigned to the Aftercare Program will receive intensive monitoring and services for approximately six months as they reintegrate back into the community and neighborhood environments. The goals of this program are to prevent further out-of-home placement, reduce the risk to re-offend, and to support a successful transition and completion of probation.
- Drug Court:
This 9-month program intensively supervises juvenile drug abusers who are non-violent, but have repeated failures with drug-treatment programs. Wards appear before the judge weekly and are tested for drugs regularly. There are incentives for positive behavior and a series of graduated sanctions for those who fail to comply.
- Intensive Case Management (ICM)
This program works to reduce the number of youth who enter the juvenile justice system or re-offend while on probation by focusing on the unique strengths and needs of youth. Officers and community based organizations teach families how to access and receive community resources. Officers provide intensive supervision and intervention for WIC section 602 wards and certain WIC section 601 wards on probation between the ages of 9 and 17.5 as selected and referred by the probation officer. Community based organization staff provides support to probation officers by holding youth accountable for court ordered conditions of probation and monitoring minors at home, school, and within the community. They provide strong client advocacy in their daily work with the youth while emphasizing sobriety, productive school activity, involvement with positive community activities, and rejection of gang activity. The average length of the program is 4 to 6 months.
- Juvenile Sex Offender Management (JSOM):
This unit provides intensive monitoring for minors on probation in the community with a history of sexually abusive behavior. The primary goals of JSOM are to provide safety to the victim(s), potential victims, and the community. Additional goals include providing for offender accountability, promoting offender rehabilitation, and reducing the risk to re-offend. These goals are pursued through a team approach, involving close collaboration between Probation Officers, therapists, law enforcement, victim advocates, and other related agencies.
- Parenting Mentoring Substance Abuse (PMSA):
The Parenting, Mentoring and Substance Abuse (PMSA) program is a community-based intervention and referral program aligned with the Probation Department’s Juvenile Drug Court. The three primary components of the program include parenting classes, mentoring and substance abuse services targeting wards of the Juvenile Court and their parents. The purpose of the program is to ensure that wards do not escalate to greater levels of involvement in the juvenile justice system. This program is available to all wards of the Court.
- Placement Unit:
The Placement Unit incorporates the screening, assessment and placement of all wards ordered into a residential treatment facility (RTF), foster home or relative/non-relative extended family member home. This also includes the monthly monitoring of wards in placement by officers who make on-site visits to the facilities and homes. Officers monitor the minor’s progress, provide progress reports to the Court, and ensure the minor’s safety while in placement.
- Supervision Unit:
Probation officers develop strength-based case plans for each juvenile designed to provide for the safety and protection of the community, hold minors accountable for their behavior, provide care, treatment, and guidance as appropriate to the circumstances, and assist in the minor’s rehabilitation. Minors are contacted in field offices and in the community. Officers maintain and document regular contacts with parents, therapists, school personnel, and law enforcement officers.
These programs include community based treatment, structured day treatment centers and residential group home placement for wards of the court.
- Breaking Cycles:
This is a family-centered program with a team approach to juvenile delinquency prevention and intervention. This collaboration includes the Health and Human Services Agency, Mental Health agencies, Educational Systems, Community Based Organizations, families and community members. The team utilizes the family’s strengths to develop and implement a plan, which focuses on delinquency intervention by employing a comprehensive and collaborative system of graduated sanctions and treatment to break the cycle of delinquency and substance abuse.
This program is for adolescent offenders who are in need of a structured day-treatment program with intensive counseling, education, mental health, and family therapy as well as other intervention where needed.
- Teen Women And Their Children (WATCh):
Teen WATCh is a program for teens who are substance abusers and pregnant. The objective is for the young women to deliver drug-free babies. Probation works with Social Services, community agencies and other law enforcement agencies, using a zero-tolerance policy, to test the client and intervene with counseling. Result: More than 99 percent of the babies are born without toxic substances in their systems.
- Youth Day Center (YDC):
This is a transition/step-down program from the Juvenile Ranch Facility/Girls Rehabilitation Facility to the Breaking Cycles Programs, which are located in the community. The program is normally 60 days in length, and ties together previous academic, vocational and self-improvement efforts at the Juvenile Ranch Facility, the Girls Rehabilitation Facility or in the community. Probation, Court Schools, Community Based Organizations, volunteers, and others work in teams to help youth transition back to their homes in a pro-social capacity. Once wards graduate from YDC, these collaborative agencies continue to work with the youths and their families offering strength-based support. YDC’s are located in North County and central San Diego.