Formal Probation: Formal Probation Officers are responsible for supervising moderate to high-risk youth offenders. Youth are referred to a Formal Probation Officer after being adjudicated by the Juvenile Court. A referral to formal probation allows the youth to remain in the community while under the supervision of the Juvenile Court. This allows them to remain in school, take advantage of our community's resources, and still be held accountable for their actions. Every youth's needs and risks can vary significantly which is why our Formal Probation Officers develop individual treatment plans for their clientele which include varying levels of supervision, as well as referrals to appropriate counseling, educational, and treatment programs. Formal Probation Officers provide services and supervision to approximately 150 at-risk youth annually.
Informal Probation: Informal Probation Officers are responsible for supervising low-risk youth offenders. The primary difference between Informal and Formal Probation is that Informal Probation Officers supervise youth that have been referred to Probation by their associated Deputy Juvenile Officer instead of adjudication by the Juvenile Court. Informal Probation provides low-level youth offenders with the opportunity to be held accountable for their actions without having formal court action taken against them. Once referred to Informal Probation, every effort is made to provide the youth with the same individualized supervision and treatment as those placed on Formal Probation. Informal Probation Officers provide services and supervision to approximately 200 low-level youth offenders annually.
Teen Court: The Teen Court Coordinator is an Informal Probation Officer who also acquires their caseload through means other than adjudication. The Teen Court Coordinator is responsible for administering the functions of the Greene County Teen Court. The Teen Court is a program designed to hold youth offenders accountable by a jury of their peers. In this case the jury is comprised of other youth offenders, participating in the Teen Court program, who exercise the authority to deliver punishment unto the accused. The jury is advised by criminal justice professionals and volunteers while the Teen Court is presided over by a volunteer circuit or municipal Judge.