Office of Juvenile Parole & Transitional Services
Steve Adams, Acting Director
The Office of Juvenile Parole and Transitional Services is designed to achieve a balanced approach to reintegrating juvenile parolees into their communities after the completion of their sentences. That approach utilizes state-of-the-art supervision techniques necessary to maintain public safety, as well as individualized services essential to personal development and responsibility.
Understanding that all juveniles in the Commission's care will eventually return to their community at the end of their court-imposed sentence, individual plans for parole begin immediately and continue to evolve until a juvenile is paroled. Prerelease planning ensures that each juvenile receives continued services as necessary after his or her release.
The Commission's primary goal is to ensure that public safety is maintained through a system of case management that incorporates the use of goals and objectives which are reviewed with each youth and their family on a regular basis.
Each juvenile is assessed according to the level of need, risk, supervision and services required. Four levels of supervision are applied to the monitoring of youths: intensive, maximum, medium and minimum. As youth demonstrate progress, they advance to a lower level of supervision and greater independence. Each level of supervision contains standards for monthly contacts, curfew, drug and alcohol screens and community service.
Special offenders whose behavioral history is dominated by violence, sex offending, or drug trafficking are intensely monitored.
Supervision teams also collect court-ordered financial obligations from the youth. Payments toward restitution, fines and penalties are collected and disbursed to the proper recipients.
In the event that a youth absconds from supervision, he or she is vigorously pursued by supervision staff and are entered into the National Crime Information Center database.
After very successful preliminary meetings with faith-based groups from around the state, the Commission has implemented a new Community Involvement Initiative which is designed to link each youth with community mentors.
Mentors and Community Team members are drawn from the neighborhoods and communities where the youth reside, creating both a valuable bridge to resources as well as a sense of citizen ownership for the prevention of criminal activity in their neighborhoods. All mentors receive training and support from the Commission's Aftercare/Parole Services and work closely with parole officers and social workers. Throughout 2001, the Commission hopes to expand its links to faith-based organizations and increase its volunteer community mentoring efforts.
Community volunteers make an important contribution to Aftercare/Parole Services. They function chiefly as mentors for each individual parolee and as community team members for cases within their specific community.
Mentors are individual citizens who have volunteered their commitment to work closely with youth, their families and the community teams under the direction of the Aftercare/Parole Supervision Teams. They provide linkages to the community and individualized support for each youth.
Their primary objective is to help Aftercare/Parole youth achieve the goals specified in their individualized case plan and assist in the development and mobilization of community resources.