Ann Stow, Division Director
2680 Radio Lane Redding, CA 96001
Phone: (530) 225-5230
Fax: (530) 225-5448
Co-located with the Juvenile Hall at the the Juvenile Justice
Center, the juvenile division handles all juveniles cited by law
enforcement for law violations. It is also the parent division for the
Anger Skills | Drug Court | Sex Offender | Life Skills | Oasis | Phoenix | WINGS
Skills For Managing Anger is an 8-16 week course designed to help
minors cope with the stresses of life by teaching concepts and skills
that enable them to manage their anger without resorting the
aggression. They are currently being conducted in the Juvenile Hall and
at Oasis School, Anderson and Redding at Wright Education Services by
Wright Education Services.
Juvenile Drug Court is designed to reduce substance abuse and
related criminal activity among non-violent juvenile offenders by
offering a structure of strength-based intensive treatment services,
intervention, court supervision and community support. Drug court is a
minimum twelve-month program. Minors are required to appear before the
Juvenile Court Judge every week, at which time the judge review the
progress or lack of progress for the minor. Frequent drug testing and
participation in recovery services in required.
The purpose of the juvenile sex offender program within the juvenile
probation system is to create a containment approach for monitoring
juveniles who have been adjudicated for sex offenses. The team usually
consists of a Deputy Probation Officer, a Sex Offender Therapist, and a
The deputy probation officer (DPO) monitors the juvenile's behavior
in the field and assesses compliance with Court orders. Juveniles on
this caseload have extensive rules and requirements to follow,
including completing a Juvenile Sex Offender Rehabilitation Treatment
(JSORT) program. On a weekly basis, each juvenile is visited by the
assigned Deputy Probation Officer (DPO), at his or her school, home or
at sex offender counseling. Random probation searches are conducted by
the DPO at the minor's home. This ensures the minor is not in
possession of any restricted material such as pornography, internet
access, or anything else restricted by court order. The minors are also
not permitted to have contact with young children or their victims
without special permission from their probation officer. Additionally,
if the minor has substance abuse issues, they are subject to random
testing and counseling classes. To help with family issues, the DPO
regularly attends the family parenting class. This offers the DPO the
opportunity to learn if the family is complying with the Court orders.
Because of the foremost importance for community safety, each
minor/family involved with the sex offender program must have a safe
plan in effect. In addition, an alarm system is often utilized on the
offender's bedroom door and windows. This alerts the family if the
minor leaves his room, which could put others at risk.
The polygraph test is utilized to ensure the minor's compliance with
the sex offender program, contract, and safe plan. The polygraph is
also used to determine specific issues, full disclosure, and
maintenance, and the information gained from polygraph testing is
forwarded to the therapist and the DPO.
Life Skills is an eight-week program for teenagers designed to teach
various social skills such as dating, anger management, sexual assault
prevention, communication and sexual harassment training. The program
is operated by Northern Valley Catholic Social Services with the
coordination of the Probation Officer.
Oasis Community School is operated by the Shasta County Office of
Education. The Office of Education pays for two Deputy Probation
Officer positions to work with to 90 probation minors referred to the
school by School Attendance Review Boards (SARB). The Probation
Department has assigned an additional Deputy Probation Officer to this
school. There are nearly 90 wards of the Court and 160 informal cases
at Oasis school. The two staff work with all minors attending Oasis
Community School, including wards of the court. They monitor attendance
and compliance with Court orders and/or SARB contracts.
Phoenix Program is for serious substance abuse. Many of the minors
in the program attend school at the Juvenile Justice Center site. The
Phoenix program holds minors accountable for their substance abuse.
They are frequently tested for substance abuse and strictly monitored
for compliance with Court orders. The Shasta County Office of Education
and Shasta County Drug and Alcohol are also involved in the program.
Wraparound Interagency Network for Growth and Stability (WINGS) is
an intensive strength based family focused program for high-risk
juveniles. The court-based program uses an interagency family treatment
team to meet the needs of the minor and family. The team consists of
two probation officers and a mental health therapist. Minors with
diagnosed mental illness, as well as those whose level of functioning
is impaired by learning disabilities and severe substance abuse,
require extremely high levels of supervision and support in order to be
successful in their school, home and community. Family members help in
developing plans and strategies to deal with issues presented when the
minor remains in the home.