Juvenile probation allows youth to remain in their communities while under the supervision of the Probation Officer or the Juvenile Court in formal cases. Juvenile Probation can be used as a diversion to confinement in the juvenile facility for youth who are identified as low-risk and/or first-time offenders or it can be used after the sentencing and commitment in a juvenile facility. While under any probationary period, youth may be required to follow imposed terms and conditions.
Juvenile probation programs are set up to help youth correct their behaviors. Juvenile probation officers rely on parents/guardians and/or pro-social adults close to the youth to encourage and assist in the program. A majority of youth under juvenile probation learn from their lessons, comply with imposed rules, successfully complete a program and never re-enter into the juvenile justice system.
In cases where youth struggle with following imposed rules and/or programming, the juvenile probation officer attempts to redirect the youth’s behavior and encourages them to comply. The juvenile probation officer is expected to exhausted all low & intermediate responses prior to a formal filing of a violation of probation. If a violation of probation is warranted, the Court could demand more intensive counseling programs, further restrict the freedom of the youth, place the youth in the juvenile facility under a commitment program, or order the youth to an out-of-home placement in an approved Short Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP).