Informal Process

Depending on the seriousness of the crime, prior record, cooperation of the juvenile and parent, school records, and whether the juvenile admits to the crime, a juvenile can be handled informally without being petitioned into juvenile court. The Juvenile Act permits the juvenile probation office to provide services not to exceed six months from the date of disposition unless extended for a maximum period of three months by the court. During this period of time, the juvenile would be supervised by a juvenile probation officer and would be required to adhere to the rules of probation as well as be involved in specialized services when required.

The following special services are offered within the juvenile probation office:
  • CHOICES Competency Development Program - A skills training program designed to build competencies in the domains of pro-social interaction, moral reasoning, academic and work force development, and independent living.
  • Drug and Alcohol Awareness Group - An educational awareness program designed to meet the needs of those youth identified as being involved with drugs and/or alcohol.
  • Parent Support Group Program - A program to provide a forum in which parents can assess their own existing parenting skills, to learn new and innovative ways and means to meet crises, and to improve communication skills between parent and child. The program is facilitated by a trained family therapist.
  • Project Turnaround - A group program designated to provide a juvenile with an intense group involvement through positive peer interaction where issues involving value clarification, problem solving skills, self-esteem, nutrition, drug and alcohol education, and interpersonal relationships are discussed.