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The Delinquency Unit serves as the Juvenile Office's front line in dealing with youth involved or allegedly involved in committing law violations and status offenses. Deputy Juvenile Officers within the unit are assigned referrals concerning youth who while less than 17 years of age committed or are suspected of committing an offense. The role of the Deputy Juvenile Officer is to conduct follow-up case investigation and make disposition plans for the referral. (See "Flow Chart" for movement of referrals through the Juvenile System)
Informal (Without Court Action)
An informal agreement between the Parent, Juvenile and Juvenile Officer that holds the youth accountable for his/her actions, addresses issues of community safety and the treatment needs of the juvenile. Possible informal resources include the following: Informal Probation Supervision, Teen Court, Victim/Offender Mediation, Girls Program, Summer Program, and a variety of services provided through various counselors.
Formal (With Court Action)
A petition is filed and the case is heard by the Juvenile Court Judge. If a youth is found to have committed the offense in the petition; the court will decide what services and/or sanctions to impose on the youth. Services available for youth include Formal Probation Supervision, Residential or Day Treatment Services through the Greene County Youth Academy, The Evening Reporting Center or commitment to the Division of Youth Services.