Probation Unit

Erin Calvert, Manager  (503) 846-3484

The field unit provides supervision and services for youth placed on formal probation by the Juvenile Court. Counselors develop individual case plans, and provide supervision and services to achieve successful completion of probation.

What is the job of the Juvenile Counselor?

The responsibilities of the Juvenile Counselor are to supervise the youth, make sure that the conditions of probation are met, and provide services to reduce the chances that the youth will commit another offense. Since strong families, good school performance, and constructive activities with positive friends provide the best chances of avoiding criminal behavior, Juvenile Counselors work to build success in these areas.

What are typical conditions of probation?

The goals are to prevent new offenses; restoration to victims and the community; and build success of youth in their family, school, and circle of friends. The conditions of probation are designed to help achieve those goals and often include:

  • Avoiding further violations of the law
  • Avoiding alcohol and drugs
  • Restitution to victims
  • Community service work
  • Attending school and performing well
  • Reporting regularly to the probation counselor
  • Learning new skills that make future crime less likely

How long does probation last?

Probation is usually imposed by a judge without a definite time for it to end -- the reason for this is to place responsibility on the youth. Six months to two years is a common period of probation. The length of time depends on the nature of the offense, the need for supervision, and the youth’s progress in complying with conditions and meeting goals.

What factors lead to success?

Both national and local research findings shed light on what factors lead to success on probation -- parent involvement, school attendance, and learning new skills and ways of behaving responsibly are examples. Knowing that success in those areas prevents new offenses, Juvenile Counselors emphasize communication and cooperation with families and schools. School superintendents are notified each month of youth on probation -- the aim is create strong partnerships with schools as a key to achieving common goals.