Safe School Program
The Safe School Program places probation officers on the campuses of 12 schools in three school districts in Pima County. Probation officers teach law related education classes, act as liaisons between the school and the court and provide a proactive approach on campus to prevent behaviors which could lead to referral to the Juvenile Court.
Electronic Monitoring (EM)
Beginning in 1990, the Probation Division inaugurated the use of electronic monitoring of juveniles who were released from custody (pre-adjudication) to their homes pending disposition of their charges. By means of an ankle bracelet and equipment attached to the juvenile’s home telephone we can monitor when a juvenile strays more than a hundred feet from the home. This very cost effective detention alternative allows us to consistently limit the Detention population. It is also used post-disposition as a sentencing tool and is useful in reducing further delinquent behavior.
A Coordinator, probation officer and a surveillance officer coordinate our current drug court program. Juveniles placed in drug court, remain assigned to their appropriate geographic field probation officers. The juveniles and families attend weekly drug court hearings to access their progress in treatment and court ordered activities. The drug court team includes treatment providers, county attorney and public defender, as well as the drug court officers.
Domestic Violence Alternative Center (DVAC)
The Domestic Violence Alternative Center opened in August 2007. This was a collaborative effort with local law enforcement, the County Attorneys’ office, CPS and behavioral health providers as an alternative location (other than PCJCC Intake) for law enforcement officers to take juveniles arrested on specifically identified misdemeanor domestic violence charges. The facility is located in the community next door to the Center for Juvenile Alternatives (agency that receives status offenders referred by law enforcement). Probation officers are assigned to DVAC to accept arrested juveniles from law enforcement officers. Community provider, Open Inn, contracts with us to provide an assessment and immediate crisis intervention for referred juveniles and their families.
Make a Change Program (MAC)
The Make a Change Program for boys was opened in Detention in August 2007 and for girls in May 2009. MAC is a collaborative effort between the Detention, Probation and Administrative Divisions of the Court. PCJCC’s Clinical Director oversees the program which is staffed by a Lead Probation Officer, two Juvenile Detention Alternative Specialists and two part-time substance abuse counselors. MAC is a treatment readiness, relapse, motivational enhancement program that is available to detained juveniles who have significant substance abuse problems. MAC is not a treatment program and juveniles are not detained in order to participate in the program. MAC provides specific programming and intervention for juveniles who are detained based on their threat to the community or themselves or their flight risk. The program is expected to last from 3-14 days depending on the time that a juvenile spends in Detention. MAC participation should not influence the length of time a juvenile is detained.
Community Support Program (CSP)
The Community Support Program was opened in December of 2007. CSP is a collaborative effort between Probation, the Sunnyside School District and community providers. CSP is an evening reporting center for probationers who are not complying with court ordered conditions and might otherwise be detained. The CSP program is listed in the Standard Probation Conditions and can be used by the assigned probation officers as part of the Graduated Response System. The Sunnyside School District provides the facility for CSP which meets at Star Academy, a Sunnyside alternative school. Through contracts and Memorandums of Understanding, community agencies provide tutoring, cognitive skills building, substance abuse education, classes to address healthy relationships and the prevention of violence and abuse and recreational activities. An evening meal is also provided to participants. Court employed Surveillance Officers transport participants to and from the program and provide supervision during program hours of 4:00-8:00, Monday through Friday.
CREW / RAP
Our Community Renewal and Enrichment through Work (CREW) program provides juveniles with an opportunity to participate in a highly structured and supervised community renewal/assistance program. Juveniles are supervised by court employed surveillance officers and are provided with instruction and guidance emphasizing development of work ethics, responsibility and basic job skills. CREW participates in many community projects that include graffiti abatement, county parks and road maintenance, warehouse work for the community food bank and neighborhood clean-up projects. Juveniles receive community restitution credit toward court requirements.
The Restitution Accountability Program (RAP) provides juveniles who owe victim restitution and are not employable, an opportunity to earn up to $500.00 of their restitution. Juveniles work with our CREW program completing community restitution hours. Those hours are converted to dollars that are paid directly to the juvenile’s victim. The RAP fund receives funding from contracts that we have with the Department of Transportation’s graffiti abatement program and with Pima County Parks and Recreation Department.
Our CREW program has partners with many agencies to provide court-involved youth an opportunity to pay restitution and complete court requirements. In 2010, we partnered with Tucson Clean and Beautiful to create the Youth Achieving Resource Development Skills (YARDS) program. YARDS is an education/training program designed for youth who have expressed an interest in learning landscape maintenance skills. The program is staffed by public and private landscaping experts who provide hands on training for participants.
Assistant Division Director