Informal Probation

 

The Howard Circuit Court, Office of Juvenile Services believes  certain youths brought before the department be offered an opportunity to restore themselves to the community without formal Court intervention.  Informal Supervision, or Probation, may be offered to those youths who admit to the alleged offenses during the preliminary inquiry process and the alleged offense could be considered minor in comparison with prior history.  Other considerations include strength of family, peers, emotional stability, history of abuse/neglect, prior interventions, behavior at school, at home and in the community.  Informal Supervision, or Probation, shall be supervised by the Probation Officers serving an Intake function within the Department.  Informal Supervision/Probation shall be limited in time frame, lasting from thirty (30) to sixty (60) days, on average, pending completion of any single, or combination of, early intervention programs offered by the Court and Office of Juvenile Services.  The terms, or length, of the Information Supervision/Probation, may be continued at any time during the term of supervision at the discretion of the supervision Probation Officer.

 

Informal Probation

Formal Probation

Intensive Probation

Unsupervised Probation