Today, we are going to talk about juvenile probation officers. In the upcoming slides, we are going to talk about the following: What is a probation?; Who is on probation?; What are the conditions of probation?; What are the duties of a probation officer?; When are probation officers involved in the court process?; What are the responsibilities of probation officers? If you have any questions as we go along in our slides please feel free to raise your hand and ask.
Can anyone define probation for me or tell me the nature of probation? Above, is the basic definition of what probation is. To add to the above, a judge will suspend a sentence for a juvenile and give him or her probation instead and the judge will set certain rules for the juvenile to abide by and in the event that the juvenile does not follow the given set of rules then then the juvenile will be in violation of his or her probation and will become institutionalized.
As time goes on, the crime rate is escalating as well as the peer pressure of adults on teens under the age of 18. According to Juvenile Court Statistics in 2008 322,900 juveniles was placed on formal probation. This statistic amounts to more than half (57%) of all juvebile dispositions (Foster 2006).
What are the conditions of probation? The first condition is restitution. Restitution is where the offender/juvenile is ordered to pay back or donate money or goods to the victim for unjust enrichment. Invasive supervision I where there is constant supervision of the juvenile to make sure that the juvenile stays out of trouble. Invasive supervision is similar to invasive counseling but invasive counseling is where the juvenile sees a counselor or meets with his or her probation officer to make sure that the juvenile is staying on the right track. I feel that the most beneficial for a juvenile would be the participation in an educational or vocational training program that way the juvenile has less time to get into any trouble and will spend his or her time learning something that can be very productive in his or her life.
During the court process a probation is involved at four different stages.
The probation officer plays an important role in the justice process and is involved in the four stages of the court process.
When a juvenile enters the court system the probation officer comes into play. At intake the probation officers screen the alleged complaints by deciding to adjust the matter , refer the child to an agency for service. After the intake, the probation officer goes into the predisposition stage. During this stage the probation officers participate in deciding on whether to release the juvenile or leave the juvenile in detention. The post-adjudication stage. In this stage the probation officer assist the court in reaching its dispositional decision. Last, during the postdisposition, probation officers supervise juveniles placed on probation.
The primary role of probation officers is to supervise their charges and ensure that they are complying with the terms of probation. Defendants might be ordered to get a job, attend counseling or other rehabilitative meetings, submit to drug testing and make payments on their restitution. Released offenders are required to report to their probation agent regularly to report on their progress. Probation agents monitor former inmates so they can report to the court regarding the success of the offender's release. Probation agents are responsible for reporting to the court any time one of their clients violates the terms of their probation. Probation agents often make suggestions to judges regarding a released offender's sentence and continuation on probation. Probation agents are also charged with helping released offenders reintegrate into society. This can mean anything from helping offenders find a job or a home to giving them advice on handling social situations.
What is probation?PROBATION IS A DIRECT JUDICIAL ORDER THAT ALLOWS A YOUTH WHOIS FOUND TO BE A DELINQUENT OR STATUS OFFENDER TO REMAIN IN THECOMMUNITY UNDER COURT-ORDERED SUPERVISON.
Who is on probation?Juveniles that canbe supervisedwithin theircommunity.
What are the conditions ofprobation?RestitutionReparationInvasiveSupervisionIntensive CounselingParticipation in atherapeuticprogramParticipation in aneducational orvocational trainingprogram.
Duties of a Juvenileprobation officer.Develop a supportive relationship with the youth and serve as apositive role modelProvide case management of children that have been placed onprobation, parole, conditional release, etc.Maintain and update case files on all delinquent youth inaccordance with the Department of Juvenile Justice standardsPrepare and deliver reports to the court with recommendations forthe treatment of juvenile offendersMeet with youth, family, school, and other agencies on a regular basisto ensure offenders complianceSchedule drug testing, searches of the juveniles room and property
What are the probationofficers involved in the courtprocess?1. INTAKE2. PREDISPOSITION3. POSTADJUDICATION4. POSTDISPOSITION
What are the responsibilitiesof a probation officer.SUPERVISIONREPORT TO THE COURTREHABILITATION