Juvenile probation

Juvenile probation works with the juvenile justice system to improve the lives of children and their families by:

  • Screening juvenile cases
  • Preparing reports for the court
  • Supervising youth on probation
  • Collaborating with community organizations
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Juvenile justice process

This 11-minute video describes how the juvenile justice system works, how to navigate the juvenile justice system, and the importance of parental involvement.

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Programs and services

Court calling - Adult volunteers contact youth and their families to remind them of their court hearing schedules.

Court navigators - Staff help families navigate the juvenile court process by alerting public defenders and probation officers to the arrival of families and guardians, escorting families and guardians to various locations, and answering basic questions about court procedures.

Sentencing to Service - This structured work program provides a sentencing alternative for low-risk offenders.

Investigations - Probation staff conduct investigations and provide offense and case history information, diagnostic/assessment data and case plan recommendations to assist the court in making disposition (sentencing) orders.

Individualized supervision - Based on their individual needs or the nature of their offenses, some youth are assigned to specialized probation supervision aimed at providing accountability and services to youth in the community, responding to violations of court orders, and using out of home placement only when there is a risk to public safety or other resources have been exhausted.

Gender specific probation - Probation officers collaborate with community agencies to provide gender specific services for female offenders with issues including unresolved trauma, abuse, and mental health concerns.

Crossover youth - This project aims to improve outcomes for youth who are dually-involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

Mentors for Success - Adult volunteers are screened, trained, and placed with youth to act as role models and help youth succeed.

Aggression replacement training - This cognitive behavioral intervention program aims to help juvenile offenders improve social skill competence and moral reasoning, better manage anger, and reduce aggressive behavior.

Family functional therapy - This structured, strength-based intervention program provides in-home treatment for families of youth involved in the juvenile justice system.

Multisystemic therapy - This intensive, in-home treatment program is designed to make positive changes in the various social systems (home, school, peer relations) that contribute to serious antisocial behaviors.

High fidelity wraparound - This family-based, intervention program pairs a trained facilitator with a team of family members, service providers, community representatives, school supports, etc., to develop a long-term care plan for youth in the juvenile justice system.

Evening reporting centers - These centers are located in Brooklyn Park and North Minneapolis to provide structured, positive activities that hold youth accountable and support the development of pro-social skills during the hours that highest for youth crime.

Return to success - This program aims to assist youth in making a successful transition from a residential treatment center to the community.

Juvenile gun offender - This collaborative program aims to reduce the number of repeat juvenile gun offenders by educating first-time, low-level gun offenders about the direct impact gun violence has on their lives, their families, individual victims, and the community.

Extended jurisdiction juvenile - This program is for youth who receive a dual sentence in juvenile and adult court to help them gain the skills necessary to return to law-abiding and socially-acceptable behavior.

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