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Juvenile Probation

The Juvenile Intensive Probation Supervision Program (JIPP) is a community-based sentencing option for seriously at risk juvenile with high needs who have received a suspended commitment to the Department of Corrections. JIPP clients are those who can safely be managed in the community but who are too high risk for traditional probation. The Juvenile Intensive Officer will closely supervise and provide intervention to youth and their families. If it were not for this program, the juvenile would have received a commitment to the Department of Corrections. Brian DeJong is the only Juvenile Intensive Officer in the Third Circuit and his office is in Watertown, SD.

This program contains four phases, with the period of time listed below as the minimum. Phase I: (A minimum of one month) Community protection will be achieved through monitored house arrest (possibly by electronic monitoring). This phase will include assessments to identify the juvenile’s needs in terms of competency enhancements, mental health, chemical abuse/dependency issues, and educational or vocational services as well as accountability for victim and community restitution.

Phase II: (A minimum of four months) During this phase, the Juvenile Intensive Officer will monitor the juvenile by conducting approximately four face-to-face contacts per week with additional collateral and telephone contacts, random drug testing, monitoring of school attendance, curfew compliance (checks at home or through the phone), and home and community behaviors. Random home visits during the day and night will be conducted during this period.

Phase III: (A minimum of one month) During this phase, face-to-face contacts will progressively decrease to approximately two contacts per week. However, collateral contacts, random testing and random visits will continue to provide community protection.

Phase IV: (A maximum of nine months) Upon successful completion of Phase III, the probationer will be transferred to a Court Services Officer handling a regular caseload. This level of supervision and services given to the juvenile and family will decrease as warranted by the offender’s compliance and behaviors.

Upon completion of the program, the regular Court Service Officer will entertain an Order from the sentencing Judge to terminate the juvenile from probation supervision.

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