Juveniles who have been found by the court to have committed a more serious misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or a felony offense are supervised by agents for a period of time that ranges from one year up to age 19. In certain cases, juveniles may be found to be an “extended jurisdiction juvenile,” which results in probation supervision on until age 21. Supervision levels range from “low” with monthly face to face contacts, to “high” with weekly face to face contacts.
Supervision is accomplished by two full-time agents who provide supervision for juvenile offenders placed on probation for all offense levels petty offenses through felony. Duties include, but are not limited to:
- Submitting predispositional reports and violation reports to the court
- Working closely with parents, school, and the community
- Working closely with other community agencies, making referrals treatment programs, community service work, tobacco and chemical education, and other learning experiences
- Making appropriate referrals to various programs and community counseling
These duties help enhance the safety of our Freeborn County communities.
Typical probation conditions include
- Participation in an education program specific to the offense
- Completion of several hours of community service work or participation on a community service work or sentence to service crew
- Mental health or family counseling
- Chemical dependency assessment
- Period of incarceration in a juvenile correctional facility
Juveniles requiring additional services may be removed from their home and placed in foster homes, group foster homes, residential treatment facilities, or correctional camp programs. Progress reports are submitted to the Court on a regular basis and a court order is required before the juvenile is formally discharged from probation.