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Community Corrections and Juvenile Probation
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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
(812) 349-2000
 
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. 
 
For general information regarding the Indiana Juvenile Justice System, please refer to A Guide for Parents to the Juvenile System in Indiana.
 
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 Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)
 
In August of 2014, Monroe County became the 19th Indiana county to participate in the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI).  
 
JDAI is a national juvenile justice improvement initiative developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  The JDAI has been replicated across the country, proving to be successful in minimizing detention over-crowding, reducing the need to build more expensive facilities, improving efficiencies in the juvenile justice system operations, and producing better outcomes for youth and their families.  Most importantly, JDAI has achieved successful outcomes while protecting community safety.  
 
Indiana is one of over 200 JDAI sites in 39 states and the District of Columbia to implement the eight (8) core strategies of JDAI to enhance and improve their juvenile justice systems.  The JDAI process acknowledges the importance of having the family and communities of youth most affected by the juvenile justice system working in partnership with the juvenile justice system staff and community based organizations throughout the system improvement process.  This engagement typically includes parents and other family members, community leaders, victims and youth.
 
The JDAI process involves the implementation of its “Eight Core Strategies.”  
 
The Monroe County Community System Assessment Report contains recommendations that include a JDAI Steering Committee to be chaired by Judge Galvin in addition to various work groups to develop recommendations related to JDAI’s eight core strategies.  
 
Next Steps for Monroe County
1. Establish JDAI Steering Committee, to be chaired by Judge Stephen Galvin
2. Review PathWay Series (15 publications) www.jdaihelpdesk.org
3. Complete local Detention Utilization Study
4. Develop a consensus on the purpose of detention 
5. Develop a community-based Detention Risk Assessment Instrument
6. Create work groups:
Data
Admissions/Screening (Detention Risk Assessment Instrument development)
Detention Alternatives
Case Processing 
Racial, Ethnic and Gender disparities
7. Develop work plan
8. Monthly/Quarterly/Annual Reports
 
Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Eight Core Strategies 
JDAI sites pursue eight (8) interrelated core strategies to accomplish objectives.  
1) Collaboration between juvenile justice agencies, other governmental entities, and community organizations. 
2) Use of accurate data to diagnose the system's problems and to assess the impact of programs and reforms.  
3) Objective admissions decisions including use of validated risk assessment instruments. 
4) New or enhanced alternatives to secure detention to increase the options available for arrested youth.
5) Expedited case processing through the system. 
6) “Special case” processing (probation violations, warrants, youth awaiting placement) to minimize detention time. 
7) Reducing racial, ethnic and gender disparities to eliminate bias and ensure a level playing field for all youth.
8) Improving conditions of confinement.  
 
 
 
 
 
 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. 
 
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. 
  
Community Corrections Program - Provides a continuum of alternative services which includes:
  • Public Restitution - Community service work performed for non-profit agencies.
  • 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.

 

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Aggression Replacement Training Program
 

Aggression Replacement Training (A.R.T.)-A.R.T. is a 10-week cognitive-behavioral intervention program that is designed to alter the behavior of aggressive youth. The program is based on the theory that “how we THINK is how we act.” Aggression Replacement Training encourages youth to modify behaviors by improving anger control, reducing the frequency of acting-out behaviors, and increase the frequency of constructive. Youth practice new skills through planned or spontaneous role-plays.

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