Alternative Detention Programs

The Probation Department utilizes several programs as alternatives to detention in the high security juvenile hall, including three separate Home Detention programs: Electronic Monitoring, House Arrest and Home Supervision and the Alternative Report and Resource Center (ARRC).

SMJH LineThe three Home Detention programs are designed to provide a variety of options based on the risk and needs of the juvenile offender.  Home Supervision, the least restrictive of the three programs, utilizes curfews and home visits to monitor compliance.  In general, juvenile offenders are required to be at home between the hours of 7:00 PM and 6:00 AM.  House Arrest requires a juvenile offender to be at home at all times unless he or she has specific permission to leave, normally for school, court, and medical appointments.  Random home visits and phone contact verify compliance.  Electronic Monitoring, the most restrictive, has the same requirements of House Arrest with the added element that any departure from the home will be reported.

The Alternative Report and Resource Center started in 2008 as the Alternative Detention Program (ADP).  Since then, it has worked in collaboration with the community to address teen delinquency, mediate truancy, and deter gang activity.  During programming hours, juveniles participate in specialized work details, community cleanup projects, various programming, recreational sports, homework, arts and crafts, and educational field trips.  ARRC is designed to provide community based alternatives to detention and to redirect teen delinquency through various activities and extensive programming; consequently leaving detention beds for those youth who are a danger to self, others or at risk of fleeing the jurisdiction.  Juveniles who are wards of the court pursuant to Section 602 of the Welfare and Institutions Code (W&IC) and meet certain criteria would be considered for the Report Center.  All probationers considered for the Report Center are first screened by the assigned Deputy Probation Officer who will complete an enrollment packet (Agreement Form, Triple Notification Form, Pick up/Drop off Authorization, Travel Consent, Medical Consent, and Code of Conduct).

In 2011, ADP expanded its program and introduced the Weekend Commitment Alternative Program (WeCAP) which is a weekend commitment to the program and is ordered by the Juvenile Court.  All WeCAP participants are ordered to report to the program Friday through Sunday and must participate in specialized programming and community work service projects.

In 2012, the program was re-named the Alternative Report and Resource Center (ARRC) to better reflect the mission to provide additional program resources for supervising Deputy Probation Officers (DPO) to refer juvenile probationers.  The concept of the Report Center remains in place; wards who have allegedly violated their probation can be referred there in lieu of incarceration for a specific amount of time.  The Resource Center will be available to all juvenile probationers, even those in compliance, to participate in specific program opportunities that would have benefit to them.


Santa Barbara ADP
The Santa Barbara Receiving and Transportation Center in the upper trailer, 4500 Hollister Avenue.
Monday through Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For questions regarding Santa Barbara ADP, please contact Juvenile Institutions Officers Omar Rueff or Wendy Garcia at (805)692-4823 or (805) 692-4824.

Santa Maria ADP
The Santa Maria Juvenile Hall, 4263 California Boulevard.
Monday through Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For questions regarding Santa Barbara ADP, please contact Senior Juvenile Institutions Officer Carol Gutierrez, Juvenile Institutions Officer Jorge Sotelo or Susana Garcia at (805)934-6999.