The NCTSN National Juvenile Probation Officer Survey

The NCTSN National Juvenile Probation Officer Survey The court system is a common entry point for youth who have experienced trauma and are in need of treatment services. Youth going through the court system are often ordered by the court to participate in juvenile probation. In 2013, of the 716,000 justice involved youth, 54% (383,600) received court-ordered probation and 12% received out-of-home placement such as correctional facilities, group homes, and residential treatment facilities.

The Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention refers to juvenile probation as the “work horse of the juvenile justice system.” Probation is the most frequently used community-based court order for lower level offenders and is used to keep justice-involved youth living in their communities, attending their schools, and working at their jobs, with the intent of preventing more serious delinquent behavior and the use of harsher consequences, e.g., out-of-home placement. Probation involves regular meetings with a probation officer as well as attending to other conditions of probation such as chemical dependency and mental health treatment, community service, and restitution. In essence, the probation officer serves as the court’s eyes and ears while the youth is involved in the justice system.