The Juvenile Probation Office is a Court related office which falls under the direct supervision of the Senior Judge of Fayette County Court of Common Pleas, the Honorable Conrad B. Capuzzi.
The Juvenile Probation Office is charged with the responsibility of handling children who live in Fayette County who are at least 10 years of age and have not yet reached their 18th birthday and who have been found to be responsible for committing a misdemeanor or felony offense.
As of May 1, 2005 the staff of the Juvenile Probation Office consists of seventeen (17) probation officers, 1 administrative assistant, and 1 account clerk.
The department also utilizes the services of a full time Victim Services Coordinator. In order to view the staff complement and ways to contact them, click here.
On January 1, 2004 the Juvenile Probation Office adopted the Community Based Supervision Model as authorized by the Juvenile Court Judges Commission. Eleven of the juvenile probation officers on staff carry active case loads and their primary responsibility is to monitor the behavior of their clients at home, in school, and within the community. The line supervisory staff of the Juvenile Probation Office are assigned to supervise children from specific school districts within the County.
The primary goal of the staff at the Juvenile Probation Office is to hold the children charged with the commission of delinquent acts accountable for their actions. In 1995 Pennsylvania adopted the Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ) principals of juvenile justice. The BARJ principals require that Courts and probation departments:
* hold children accountable for their actions by making them perform community service and pay restitution for their delinquent acts;
* protect the community through close supervision of juvenile offenders which would involve intensive supervision methods, electronic monitoring, and other related means. Community protection also means engaging the support of the citizens within a community to assist in supervising the children within their areas as a means of identifying youthful offenders;
* increasing the competency levels of juvenile offenders through construction activities and educational programs that address basic competency related skills such as anger management, decision making, related tasks.
The Fayette County Juvenile Probation Office has made major changes during the past decade. Some of the highlights that are most noteworthy are:
1. Increasing professional staff from 4 to 17 probation officers
(see staff complement)
2. Development of the Fayette County Youth Commission
3. Development of a comprehensive Community Service Program
4. Implementing a GPS (global position satellite)
Electronic Home Monitoring
5. Implementing an evening / after hours supervision program
6. Implementing urine analysis for all children under the supervision
of the Juvenile Court
7. Providing a Victim Services Coordinator solely for Juvenile Court