Juvenile Probation

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Probation is used when youths are found guilty of an offense and in need of supervision but not secure confinement. It is defined as a judicial disposition under which youthful offenders are subject to certain conditions imposed by the juvenile court and are permitted to remain in the community under the supervision of a probation officer. (Bartollas, 2011) Probation is gives youths second chances and provide services that will help offenders stay out of trouble. Probation promotes rehabilitation, avoids the negative impact of confinement, cost less than incarceration, and allows offenders to retain their liberty but provides the society with some protection. There are a growing number of minors entering the system, and proper placement of offenders has become an issue. A lot of detention facilities are overcrowded and under staff. The primary goal of the juvenile justice system is reform. The objective is to provide the juvenile appropriate services in an effort to get the youthful offender on a course in which he or she will not break the law again in the future. Now parole is the release of a convicted offender back into society, prior to the expiration of the prison sentence, under the supervision of an agent of the state or federal government. I think probation should be available to juvenile offenders who committed their first offense. Also I believe it should depend on the crime. Now repeat offenders in my opinion shouldn’t be allowed probation or parole. How many chances do you need in order to learn a lesson?? Now it was stated in our text, that probation and parole are two of the more common methods utilized by the courts to relieve the overcrowding of jails and assist in the rehabilitation of offenders. Some policies that could help to ensure that juvenile probation or paroles are successful could be more unannounced visits, more communication with probation or parole officers, and possibly stricter programs for rehabilitation....
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