The primary responsibility of the Fayette County Juvenile Probation Office is to hold juveniles accountable who are alleged to have committed a delinquent act. This is accomplished by providing necessary and appropriate levels of supervision and services per Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ) principals in conjunction with evidence based practices in order to build competencies, protect the community, reduce recidivism and restore victims to the appropriate extent possible. We are dedicated in working with offenders, their families, victims and the community to accomplish this edict.
Agency Background and Parameters
The Fayette County Juvenile Probation Office is a Court related office within the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas and falls under the direct supervision of Honorable Judge John F. Wagner Jr. It is charged with the responsibility of handling juveniles who are at least ten (10) years of age and have not yet reached their eighteenth (18) birthday, reside within Fayette County and are alleged to have committed a Misdemeanor (M) or Felony (F) offense.
Out of the total Juvenile Probation Office staff compliment, ten (10) are assigned to specific school districts within the County. Their primary duties are to develop and provide individual case management and supervision per each juvenile offender’s unique circumstances within the home, community and school setting. All case management activity falls under the community-based supervision model as authorized by the Juvenile Court Judges Commission and implemented within the agency on January 1, 2004.
Additionally, three (3) Officers’ are utilized for intake purposes to initialize the entire supervision process with one (1) being dedicated to handling magistrate referrals due to the non-payment of summary level fines. Further, one (1) Officer handles all of the out-of-home commitment procedures, concluding with the Deputy Chief and Chief Juvenile Probation Officer handling all administrative and operational facets of the agency.
The agency also employs a full-time administrative assistant and account clerk to handle all related documentation pertinent to it and the Juvenile Court. There is also a full-time Crime Victim Services Coordinator who is utilized on a shared basis between the agency and the local crime victims’ advocacy center. In order to view the staff complement or contact them,Click Here
Over the past fifteen (15) years the Fayette County Juvenile Probation Office has undergone significant change with several being highlighted below:
• Increased professional staff from four (4) to seventeen (17)
• Development and sustainment of the Fayette County Youth Commission Program
• Development of a comprehensive and active community service program
• Providing a Crime Victims’ Services Coordinator solely for Juvenile Court matters
• Implementing and maintaining an effective GPS electronic home monitoring program
• Development of the Juvenile Court Restitution Program
• Implementing early, evening and afterhours shifts to complete our mission
• Partnership with local police to conduct afterhours “Offender Check” ride along
• Implement the Youth Level of Service (YLS) in-house assessment to determine risk vs. needs vs. responsivity in order to develop an effective case plan and services
• Enact a major shift in policy and procedure to comply with statewide JJSES initiatives
• Expand our in-house juvenile offenders competency and victim awareness programs to include evidence based pre and post testing
• Continually work with providers to initiate new evidence and community based programming for juvenile offenders to limit out of home treatment
• 2015 JUVENILE COURT SUPPORT SERVICE AWARD- REBECCA MARTIN
• 2015 VICTIM ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR AWARD - ANDREA HIBBS
• 2016 MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD - DONNA MOORE
Beginning March 1, 2016, payments can be made towards the financial obligations by following link:
Family Guide to PA's Juvenile Justice System
Posted November 20, 2012
If your child is in the juvenile justice system in Pennsylvania, this guide is for you. This guide was developed by the Family Involvement Committee of the PA Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers - a committee of family advocates and juvenile justice practitioners - to help families understand Pennsylvania's juvenile justice system and be better prepared to work closely with juvenile justice staff to promote positive outcomes for justice involved youth.
Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ)
As provided by the Pennsylvania Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers website
In January of 1995, Pennsylvania's General Assembly was called into special session to focus exclusively on the issue of crime. Act 33, which was passed during this session, significantly impacted the Commonwealth's juvenile justice system. This Act set forth a statutory scheme that excluded designated felonies from the definition of "delinquent act" and placed them within the original jurisdiction of the criminal court. More significantly, Act 33 also redefined the very mission of the juvenile justice system itself as follows:
"...consistent with the protection of the public interest, to provide for children committing delinquent acts program of supervision, care and rehabilitation which provide balanced attention to the protection of the community, the imposition of accountability for offenses committed and the development of competencies to enable children to become responsible and productive members of the community."
This new purpose clause in the Juvenile Act is rooted in the philosophy of "balanced and restorative justice," which gives priority to repairing the harm done to crime victims and communities and which defines offender accountability in terms of assuming responsibility for the harm caused by his/her behavior and taking action to repair that harm to the extent possible.
At the foundation of this philosophy is the concept that crime victims and the community, as well as juvenile offenders, should receive balanced attention and gain tangible benefits from their interactions with Pennsylvania's juvenile justice system.
The philosophy of balanced and restorative justice is rooted in the following principles:
· Community Protection
· Competency Development
Other Related Links:
Fayette County Youth Commission
Community Service Program
Implementing a GPS (global position satellite) Electronic Home Monitoring
Juvenile Court Judges Commission.