Field Supervision

Offenders who are declared wards of the Juvenile Court are supervised by a Deputy Probation Officer from the area office closest to their residence. Offenders placed on informal supervision may also be supervised by a Deputy Probation Officer depending on their risk to reoffend, prior history, family dynamics, school performance, behavior, and community protection. Officers work closely with the offender and his or her family, school administrators and teaching staff, law enforcement agencies, and community-based service providers. Deputy Probation Officers are familiar with various community programs that may be utilized for an offender's counseling and treatment needs.

Juvenile offenders are placed on probation for a variety of offenses and reasons including acts of violence, gang involvement, theft, drug use, possession of weapons, and sexual offenses. Juvenile offenders are typically required to obey the directives of the Court, their parents, and the Deputy Probation Officer, submit to random search and seizure of their person and property, submit to testing for drug and alcohol use, not possess weapons, attend school, and perform community service work. When offenders violate conditions of probation or commit new law offenses they are often returned to Court. Offenders may be detained under certain circumstances and electronic monitoring, home supervision and alternatives to detention programs, and Global Positioning Satellite technology are often utilized to monitor the activities of offenders. Additionally, offenders are regularly ordered to compensate victims for the cost of a crime through restitution.

The Juvenile Division uses a school-based approach to the supervision of many juvenile offenders and assigns a Deputy Probation Officer to supervise offenders who attend one or more high schools. The Deputy Probation Officer will spend time on school campuses and interact with students on probation and not on probation. Younger offenders with no history of delinquency may be assigned to an Early Intervention caseload while older offenders with a history of delinquency will be assigned to various other caseloads.

Field Supervision units also supervise parolees discharged from the Division of Juvenile Facilities. These offenders were originally committed to State level incarceration because of the seriousness of their crimes.