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JUVENILE DIVISION, MONROE CIRCUIT COURT PROBATION DEPARTMENT
Christine McAfee, Juvenile Division Supervisor
Community Corrections Office
405 W. 7th Street, Suite 2
Bloomington, Indiana 47404
Referrals To Juvenile Probation
Unlike the adult probation system where adult offenders are not introduced to the probation system until after a conviction, probation is the starting place for a juvenile’s interaction with the juvenile justice system.
All juvenile cases processed through the juvenile justice system begin with a written report, or referral. The Juvenile Division receives referrals for youth under the age of 18 from various sources, including law enforcement, parents, schools, businesses, and the public.
Juveniles are referred to the Probation Department for committing delinquent acts or status offenses. Delinquent acts are defined as acts that would be crimes if committed by an adult. Status offenses are acts of delinquency that are not crimes for adults, and include truancy, incorrigibility, curfew violation, and runaway.
Citizens or parents may contact the Juvenile Division to inquire about making a referral to the Probation Department. Call (812) 349-2000 and ask the Receptionist for help with making a Juvenile Referral. Or you may stop by the Juvenile Probation Office at 405 W. 7th Street, Suite 2, during office hours to ask questions (M-Th 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., F- 8:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.). A Juvenile Probation Officer will answer your questions.
Juvenile Probation: A Focus on Prevention
Research has demonstrated that the best mechanisms to keep youth from “graduating” to the adult criminal justice system are programs and practices which focus on prevention and early intervention. The Monroe Circuit Court Probation Department provides many rehabilitative programs and services which keep juveniles out of detention and divert youth from incarceration.
Most of the juvenile programs operated by the Probation Department are funded by a grant from the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC), with the express purpose of diverting youth from incarceration in the state’s juvenile correctional facilities (the Indianapolis Juvenile Correctional Facility, more commonly known as Indiana Girls School or Indiana Boys School).
Juvenile Probation Programs and Services
Indiana Youth Risk Assessment System (IYAS) - All juveniles referred to the Probation Department receive a standard risk assessment utilizing the IYAS, validated risks tool that determines which risk factors must be focused on most intently. Based on the risk assessment, the juvenile probation officer sets goals for the youth, and designs a program of targeted interventions designed to address the youth’s specific risk profile.
Alcohol and Drug Assessment - All juvenile probationers receive alcohol/drug assessments. Depending on the results of the substance abuse assessment, juveniles are referred to the appropriate level of substance abuse education, intervention or treatment.
Juvenile Alternative Management Services (J.A.M.S.) - An after-school day reporting program for youth which provides tutoring and homework help. Juveniles who are not in school participate in one-on-one tutoring during school hours.
Functional Family Therapy (FFT) - An intervention for at-risk youth ages 11-18 and their families. This counseling program is provided free of charge to our juvenile probationers and their families in partnership with the I.U. Center for Human Growth.
Family Preservation Program – Provides intensive home-based services to families of juveniles who are at-risk for out of home placement.
Aggression Replacement Training (A.R.T.) - A 10-week cognitive-behavioral intervention program. A.R.T. is based on the theory that “how we THINK is how we act.” A.R.T. utilizes three curriculum tracks to address specific skill development: skill-streaming, anger control, and moral reasoning. Youth practice new skills through planned or spontaneous role-plays.
P.A.R.T. (Parental Aggression Replacement Training) - Provided to the parent(s) of juveniles who are in the A.R.T. program. P.A.R.T. educates parents regarding the new skills and behavior techniques their children are learning in A.R.T. It is believed this support outside the classroom will increase skill development and utilization for the juveniles.
Juvenile Prime for Life Indiana (PRIME) - A 16-hour cognitive-based substance abuse education program.
Specialized Truancy Caseloads – Habitual truants are assigned to specialized caseloads for individualized supervision. Juvenile Probation Officers devise an individual case plan for each juvenile focusing on the underlying issues which contribute to the youth being truant from school.
Community Corrections Program - Provides a continuum of alternative services which includes:
- Public Restitution - Community service work performed for non-profit agencies.
- Juvenile Day Reporting – See J.A.M.S. above.
- Home Detention – Utilized by the Court as an alternative to juvenile detention. Juveniles avoid placement in out-of-county detention facilities, and are permitted to reside in their homes while they are tethered to ankle bracelets for Electronic Monitoring. GPS (Global Positioning) monitoring is used to keep closer tabs on more serious offenders.