Probation



Contact Information

Probation Department
2684 Radio Lane
Redding, CA 96001

Phone: (530) 245-6200
Fax: (530) 245-6001

Juvenile Division

Ruby Fierro, Division Director

2680 Radio Lane Redding, CA 96001
Phone: (530) 225-5230
Fax: (530) 225-5448

Intake | Placement | CSEC | Parent Project | Supervision
| Drug Court | Sex Offenders| WINGS


Intake/Investigations and Diversion

This unit investigates all new referrals to the Department and determines if formal intervention is necessary or appropriate. The Positive Achievement Change Tool (PACT), an evidence-based risk and needs assessment instrument, is used to identify a youth’s treatment needs as well as the risk to re-offend. Officers conduct investigations and, when required, provide written reports to the Juvenile Court that include a summary of the child’s offense, a social study and recommendations for disposition.

Juvenile Diversion officers investigate 1st-time and less serious delinquency law enforcement referrals, providing short-term intervention, risk assessment, information, and referrals to community-based organizations. They also monitor cases referred by traffic court to complete work program hours and drug education classes.

Out of Home Placement and AB12 (Extended Foster Care)

Reunification with family is one of the goals of rehabilitation; however, there are often cases where it is in the best interest of the youth to be placed in a group home or intensive therapeutic residential setting. Juvenile Placement officers arrange placement of wards in relative and non-relative homes, foster care, and residential treatment programs. Officers monitor their progress and develop case plans for their return home. They actively search for natural connections for the youth if returning home is not the next step. AB 12 Extended Foster Care is available for those Non-Minor Dependents (NMD) that would normally exit placement without any assistance, services or reunification with parents or legal guardians.

Commercially Sexually Exploited Children

Officers, working closely with Children’s Services and mental health, provide a comprehensive and collaborative response to ensuring that commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC) are identified and receive the services they need to overcome trauma and live healthy, productive lives.

Parent Project

Probation staff are trained in facilitating the Parent project. The Parent project is designed specifically for parents raising difficult or out of control children. The program is aimed to address the most destructive behaviors such as school failure, truancy, family conflict, drug use, gangs, violent behavior, runaways, and teen suicide. The Parent project is solution focused and offers parents concrete, no-nonsense answers and activity-based instruction, as well as emotional and practical support.

Supervision

Juvenile Field Probation Officers monitor juvenile offenders under the courts' jurisdiction. All youth who are placed on probation are given a risk and need assessment to determine the likelihood of reoffending as well as to identify service needs. Youth are supervised utilizing innovative strategies to support positive change.

Drug Court

Juvenile Drug Court is designed to reduce substance abuse and related criminal activity among high risk juvenile offenders by offering a structure of strength-based intensive treatment services, intervention, court supervision and community support. The court based program uses an interagency family treatment team as well as a substance abuse counselor to meet the needs of the youth and the family. Youth and their families participate in family team meetings to develop plans and strategies to reduce the use of substances, and address the issues presented in the home. Youth are required to appear before the Juvenile Court Judge every other week, at which time the judge reviews the progress or lack of progress for the youth and their family. Frequent drug testing and participation in recovery services is required.

Juveniles That Have Sexually Offended

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 Polygraph Examiner.

The officer 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 officer, at his or her school, home or at sex offender counseling. Random probation searches are conducted by the DPO at the youth's home. This ensures the youth is not in possession of any restricted material such as pornography, internet access, or anything else restricted by court order. To help with family issues, the officer regularly attends the family parenting class.

Because of the foremost importance for community safety, each youth/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 youth leaves his room, which could put others at risk.

The polygraph test is utilized to ensure the youth'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 officer.

WINGS

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 youth and family. The team consists of one probation officer, a mental health therapist, a parent partner and a skill builder. Youth with diagnosed mental illness, as well as those whose level of functioning is impaired by learning disabilities, require high levels of supervision and support to be successful in their school, home and community. Family members help in developing plans and strategies to deal with issues presented when the youth remains in the home.

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