Youth Under Supervision
The majority of the youth served by the OJJ are referred to the court for supervision. Supervision services include either probation or parole. Probation is supervision of a youth who either remains at home or returns to the community following non-secure custody (residential placement). Parole is supervision of a youth released from a secure care facility to a less restrictive setting where continued supervision is provided by a probation officer
Research has shown that juvenile justice involved youth, treated in their home are most successful in the long run. OJJ works with youth and families to access an array of services based on their needs to help ensure this success.
Youth under Supervision Subsections
- Supervising Youth in the Community
- Supporting Youth for Success – The Role of the Probation & Parole Officers
- Supervision Fees Ordered by the Courts
Supervision Fees Ordered by the Courts
The court may impose a fee for supervision of youth on probation, based on the parent’s ability to pay. The amount of the fee may range from $10.00 to $100.00 per month, as determined by the court. The Probation Order and/or the Conditions of Supervision, ordered by the court and signed by the youth, parent and PPO, must specify the supervision fee amount ordered to be paid. OJJ is responsible for collecting and disbursing restitution, fines, court costs and other types of payments.
Supervising Youth in the Community
Youth come under OJJ supervision after being adjudicated delinquent and/or FINS (Families in Need of Services) and a disposition is imposed that requires supervision by OJJ. The length of supervision is determined by the judge in accordance with the Criminal Code.
All youth must comply with the standard conditions of supervision set forth by the courts. Examples of standard conditions are school attendance and refraining from drug use. Some youth must abide by special conditions identified on the Probation or Parole Order, such as curfew, restitution, community service, supervision fees and specialized treatment programs. The PPO also monitors the youth’s participation and cooperation through regular contacts with the youth, family, and the service providers, and is responsible for regular reports on the youth’s progress to the court.
The PPO schedules and participates in multi-disciplinary team staffings to review the youth’s progress. During these staffings, the team will determine if there is cause to approach the court to modify the conditions or length of supervision. If a youth violates the terms of the court-ordered conditions, the PPO can suggest modifications or revocation. Modifications may be less or more restrictive depending on the youth’s progress. More restrictive modifications may require a court hearing. The court determines if the revocation is appropriate.