Probation in the Juvenile Court System
When a juvenile is placed on probation, it is under the belief that the juvenile can learn to direct or express his/her behavior in a more positive light. Probation allows for the juvenile’s good behavior to be rewarded, yet still be monitored by a probation officer.
What are the terms and conditions of probation?
Since probation is viewed as a treatment plan for the juvenile, the terms and conditions vary based on the juvenile’s individualistic needs. However, certain terms and conditions apply for all cases such as:
- Scheduled contacts with the probation officer
- Maintaining law abiding behavior
- Paying restitution to the victim
Additional terms may be:
- Mandatory drug testing
- School attendance
- Community service hours
- Letters of apology
- Attendance at counseling/treatment sessions
- Restrictions on acquaintances
If the juvenile does not comply with the terms and conditions of probation, the court could impose harsher restrictions, such as detention.