September 10th, 2012
The main purpose of the juvenile probation in Harris County, Texas, and across the great State of Texas, is to punish juveniles convicted of an offense, divert juveniles from the court system, and monitor at-risk youth as a preventive measure.
The probation aspect is the important part in the juvenile justice system. Juvenile probation is a form of juvenile sentencing which allows juvenile offenders to remain in their communities, rather than incarcerating them or placing them in new homes. The rationale behind this is:
- It will strengthen the family life by supporting the parents to fulfill the parent’s obligations
- Try to point out that the children within the juvenile system are treated in need of care, protection, treatment and rehabilitation
- Separation of child from the families only when it is in the child’s best interest
- Provide for adoption as a viable permanency plan for children who are adjudicated children in need of services;
- Provide a juvenile justice system that protects the public by enforcing the legal obligations that children have to society and society has to children.
- Usage of diversionary programs when needed
- To promote the concept of punishment for criminal acts;
- To remove, where appropriate, the taint of criminality from children committing certain unlawful acts;
- Appropriate punishment for criminal acts committed by juveniles;
- Recognize and enforce the legal rights of children and their parents;
- Encourage public safety and individual accountability by the imposition of appropriate sanctions;
- Provide a continuum of services developed in a cooperative effort by local governments and the state.
- Identify the significance of family and children in our society
- Offer prevention services in addition to intervention and punishment.
- Use strategies like individual assessments, appropriate services and family support.