Juvenile Probation

  1. A Brief Synopsis of Probation

While most would agree that serious, chronic, or violent offenders require incarceration (prison or jail), not all offenders fall into this category. Many pre-adjudicated and adjudicated adults and juveniles will safely be sentenced to community correctional options. Pre-trial diversion, probation, parole, and other community corrections or community service options can reduce recidivism and save taxpayer dollars. While the criminal justice system and the juvenile justice system are created differently, many of the supervision (pretrial, probation, parole) strategies are similar.


Community supervision (probation) can be a complex topic. It ranges from pre-trial options to secure detention within the community. In between are probation and parole and a myriad of tools and strategies to be considered. Research is firm in documenting the requirement for risk and needs assessments targeted at criminal behavior for every offender. A valid assessment provides a critical roadmap about the security and strategies that may be most effective for the individual. Probation is a court ordered sanction that allows a person to remain in the community under the supervision of a Probation Officer. As previously mentioned, conditions of this community-based supervision can vary. It could include jail/detention time, fines, restitution, community service, or other sanctions.

Probation can also require counseling, drug/alcohol restrictions, house arrest, GPS monitoring, weapons restrictions and offender reporting to their Probation Officer. If an individual does not follow the rules of their probation, they could go back to before a judge and be sent to detention, jail or prison. Probation/Parole officers will also visit and sometimes search an offender's residence or locations where they may be living. Probation Officers will often speak with family members and neighbors in efforts to see how an offender is doing. Officers will also sometimes contact employers of the offenders as well as any counselors to ensure that the terms and conditions contained within the probation/parole agreement and court order are being followed.


The primary goals of our probation department are:

  • To ensure public safety. Every citizen has the right to be free from fear of harm to their person and property.
  • To hold offenders accountable for their behaviors. This happens through the court process when an individual is placed on probation or when they have violated terms or condition of probation and are summoned back to court.
  • To provide competency development. This is to instill skills and behaviors in offenders that will assist them to be successful later in life and to provide tools to assist them in avoiding future criminal behaviors.
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