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NCJ Number: 65479 Find in a Library
Title: GEAUGA COUNTY (OHIO), ANALYSIS OF THE JUVENILE COURT PROBATION DEPARTMENT AND COURT - RELATED JUVENILE SERVICE PROGRAMS
Author(s): H T RUBIN; J BUTLER
Corporate Author: American University
Law Institute Criminal Courts Technical Assistance Project
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 45
Sponsoring Agency: American University
Washington, DC 20015
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Contract Number: J-LEAA-011-78
Publication Number: TA 51A
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
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American University
Law Institute Criminal Courts Technical Assistance Project
5530 Wisconsin Ave., NE
Suite 1130
Washington, DC 20015
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS REPORT EVALUATES THE JUVENILE COURT PROBATION DEPARTMENT AND COURT-RELATED JUVENILE SERVICE PROGRAMS IN GEAUGA COUNTY, OHIO, POPULATION ABOUT 100,000.
Abstract: THE EVALUATION WAS INITIATED BY THE COURT'S CHIEF PROBATION OFFICER WHO REQUESTED LEAA TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE. CONSULTANTS WITH BROAD EXPERIENCE IN ALL FACETS OF JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM MANAGEMENT CONDUCTED THE EVALUATION DURING A 3-DAY SITE VISIT TO GEAUGA COUNTY. STUDY METHODS INCLUDED INTERVIEWS WITH JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM PERSONNEL, OBSERVATION OF THE COURT AND ITS ANCILLARY SERVICES, AND EXAMINATION OF COURT STATISTICS AND REPORTS. CASES HEARD BY THE JUVENILE COURT INCREASED 41.9 PERCENT BETWEEN 1970 AND 1977, REFLECTING A SIMULTANEOUS INCREASE IN THE COUNTY'S POPULATION. THE COURT'S CORE SERVICES HAVE REMAINED SMALL, WHILE ANCILLARY SERVICES (COMMUNITY LEVEL INTAKE, AA BOYS' GROUP HOME, AND A RESTITUTION PROJECT) HAVE ENLARGED. MINIMAL COURT STAFFING COMBINED WITH MUSHROOMING PROGRAMS HAVE CREATED PROBLEMS OF FRAGMENTED EFFORTS, SERVICE GAPS AND DUPLICATIONS, AND LACK OF EFFECTIVE MONITORING, EVALUATION, AND PLANNING. CREATING A JUVENILE COURT ADMINISTRATOR POSITION WOULD REDUCE THESE PROBLEMS AND BE THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY FOR DEALING WITH THEM. THIS FULLTIME OFFICIAL SHOULD HAVE THREE MAIN FUNCTIONS: (1) MANAGEMENT OF THE JUVENILE COURT, INCLUDING COURT PERSONNEL AND CASE PROCESSING; (2) COORDINATION OF JUVENILE JUSTICE AND CHILD WELFARE PROGRAMS SERVING THE COURT; AND (3) SUPERINTENDENCY OF THE JUVENILE PROBATION DEPARTMENT AND OF COURT-ADMINISTERED JUVENILE JUSTICE PROGRAMS. THE CHIEF PROBATION OFFICER OR A PROBATION SUPERVISER SHOULD HANDLE DAY-TO-DAY PROBATION DEPARTMENT ADMINISTRATION. DEPARTMENT FUNCTIONS SHOULD EXPAND TO INCLUDE INTAKE, DETENTION SCREENING, SUPERVISION, AND THE PREPARATION OF SOCIAL STUDIES. THE RECORDKEEPING SYSTEM SHOULD ALSO BE IMPROVED. APPROPRIATE INTAKE SCREENING AND TERMINATION CAN REDUCE THE PROBATION SUPERVISION CASELOAD. DESCRIPTIONS OF CURRENT PROBATION MANAGEMENT FUNCTIONS, OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS, AND APPENDIXES PRESENTING INTAKE GUIDELINES FROM RHODE ISLAND AND WISCONSIN AND A PROPOSED JUVENILE RECORD FACT SHEET ARE INCLUDED. (CFW)
Index Term(s): Community-based corrections (juvenile); Court administrators; Court management; Effectiveness; Evaluation; Juvenile court diversion; Juvenile courts; Juvenile probation; Ohio; Probation or parole agencies
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