Juvenile Probation Definition
- The juvenile justice system espouses a doctrine of sentencing a juvenile offender to the least restrictive and yet appropriate alternative following adjudication.
- Generally speaking, a sentence of juvenile probation is the least restrictive alternative available to the court following adjudication.
- Juvenile probation is a sentence that allows a youth to remain in the community following adjudication as an offender.
- Juvenile probation comes in three basic forms. Types of juvenile probation include unsupervised, standard and intensive. Unsupervised probation provides no regular oversight of the offender, while standard includes regular meetings with a probation officer. Intensive requires extensive monitoring and other requirements.
- The function of juvenile probation is to provide rehabilitative services to an offender using community-based services.