Youth who are declared wards of the Juvenile Court are supervised by a Deputy Probation Officer from the area office closest to their residence. Youth 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 safety needs. Officers work closely with the offender and his or her family, and maintain contact with school teaching staff, law enforcement agencies, and community-based service providers. Deputy Probation Officers are familiar with various community programs that may be utilized to best meet a youth'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, or 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, are not to possess weapons, must attend school, and may be required to perform community service work. When youth violate conditions of probation or commit new law offenses, they may be returned before the Court. Youth who violate their conditions of probation may be detained in the juvenile hall under certain circumstances. The home supervision program may also be utilized, including the use of electronic monitoring, and Global Positioning Satellite supervision. Additionally, offenders are regularly ordered to compensate victims for the cost of a crime through restitution.
Field Supervision units also supervise youthful offenders paroled from the Division of Juvenile Facilities. These offenders were originally committed to State level incarceration because of the seriousness of their crimes. They receive increased supervision and case management, especially during their initial return period.