Summary of Probation & Parole
Juvenile cases are assigned to a Probation Officer, who
meets with the child and the family to determine the youth's risk and
protective factors and to develop a plan for supervision and services.
The Probation Officer works closely with the youth, their family, the schools
and local agencies. The youth have probation rules covering areas such as
curfew, school attendance, meetings with the probation officer and completing
any recommended services. Youth may also be required to perform community
service, pay restitution or participate in other programs.
Violations of probation can be filed against a
youth who does not follow the rules of probation. This will lead to
further court action and consequences, which can include placement in Alexandria’s
Sheltercare program or the Northern Virginia Regional Detention Home.
Youth who commit a felony or repeated misdemeanor
offenses may be sentenced to the local detention center for up to 6 months or may
be committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice. Such commitments may
be for an unspecified or pre-determined length of time up until the youth's
21st birthday. During commitment a Parole Officer works with the youth,
the counselors at the juvenile correctional center and the parents to develop a
plan for services.
Once released from commitment, the youth is placed
on parole supervision. Parole is similar to probation and requires
supervision contacts with the Parole Officer and more intensive services in
order to reintegrate the youth back into the community. Re-entry supports are
made available to the youth and family through the Parole Officer.
Youth can remain on juvenile probation or parole
until age 21. Release from probation requires the youth to perform no
further criminal acts, follow all probation and parole rules, and complete all
required services and treatment.