LEVELS OF SUPERVISION
Every juvenile not detained, not on probation or not already involved in a diversion program is assigned to an evaluation probation officer. The officer reviews the referral documents, interviews the juvenile, family members, victim and others involved in the juvenile’s life. The officer completes a formal risk/needs assessment and the results are forwarded to the county attorney for decisions on how the case will be treated. The county attorney options include: diversion, consequence only, filing a petition or immediate adjustment.
The county attorney approves some offenders for participation in the court’s diversion program. The juvenile involved signs a diversion contract agreeing to pay back the victim for any monetary losses, to perform community service work and/or to participate in an education/counseling program designed to prevent their return to the court on a new offense. The Probation Division offers unsupervised diversion, known as Evaluation, and supervised Diversion.
The probation officers working in this unit receive petitions filed by the county attorney’s office, interview the juvenile and family involved, contact any victims, and gather information from schools and other sources. If a juvenile that is not on Probation is detained, Investigation officers are assigned to the new case to appear at the Detention hearing. If the juvenile is adjudicated delinquent, they prepare a “disposition” report for the assigned judge who will hear the Disposition. As part of their report, the officers make recommendations to the court concerning supervision and treatment to address protection of the community and holding the juvenile accountable for their actions while promoting rehabilitation and competency.
Many adjudicated juveniles are ordered to remain in the community on a probationary status. The field probation officers provide supervision of the juveniles in the community to ensure that they are complying with court orders. Field probation officers have a legislatively mandated caseload ratio of 35:1. The officers assist the juvenile and family in accessing services and programs that will increase their ability to be successful.
Juvenile Intensive Probation (JIPS)
The JIPS program provides our highest level of supervision, short of incarcerating a juvenile. JIPS teams include a probation officer and a surveillance officer who have a legislatively mandated caseload ratio of 25:1. Officers complete face-to-face contact with juveniles on JIPS frequently at home, school, employment or counseling sites. These visits take place during the day, evening, night, weekends and holidays. The Pima County JIPS program leads the state in the number of face-to-face contacts during non-traditional hours.
Director of Probation Services