Specialized Probation | Special Programming | Restorative Services
I.S.P. (Intensive Supervision Program)
I.S.P. probation officers work as a team to provide extensive monitoring and contact with juveniles, seven days a week. This program is typically an alternative to placement in a residential correctional setting.
I.T.P. (Intensive Truancy Program)
I.T.P. provides intervention and daily monitoring of juveniles’ school attendance.
Three probation officers each work with a small caseload of higher-risk offenders providing both supervision and services including evening and weekend hours. They partner closely with law enforcement and community agencies. Offenders assigned to this program have very strict conditions of probation, cannot associate with any known gang members, and are required to participate in one or more community-based programs. A second component of the Enhanced Probation Program is to locate and apprehend juvenile offenders on warrant with a history of felony-level offenses or gang involvement.
Juvenile Probation staff investigates the background of juvenile offenders who are ordered into supervision by the Court. They assess risk to reoffend and the needs that should be addressed to prevent reoffending.
Substance Abuse Court
The Juvenile Substance Abuse Court is a collaborative project designed to stop the abuse of alcohol and drugs and related criminal activity. Collaborative partners include the Ramsey County Courts, County Attorney, Public Defender, Community Corrections Department, mental health and chemical dependency treatment providers.
Diversion services are provided for first-time, low-risk offenders who demonstrate willingness to take responsibility for their behavior and comply with certain consequences and expectations. Corrections' research clearly demonstrates that this approach, prevents low-risk offenders from becoming involved in the system. Diversion is the most effective way to prevent reoffending among this group.
F.F.T. (Functional Family Therapy)
FFT is a home-based, family-centered intervention program for adolescents who have been difficult to treat due to aggressive behaviors. The FFT model provides for a multiphase, goal-directed, systematic, and individualized intervention. It is flexibly structured and culturally sensitive and is accountable to youth, their families, and the community.
A.R.T. (Anger Replacement Training)
A.R.T. is designed to teach adolescents to understand and replace aggression and antisocial behavior with positive alternatives. The program’s three-part approach includes:
- Skill Streaming—teaches pro-social interpersonal skills through repetition and modeling,
- Anger Control Training—teaches a sequential cognitive behavioral strategy to reduce anger and focus on problem solving and
- Moral Reasoning (social decision-making)—focuses on Kohlberg’s stages of moral development. Groups meet three times per week for ten weeks.
This program provides circles of support, individual trauma counseling, and group work to adolescent girls. Staff work as a team to provide intensive case management services.
Work Crew - Community Service work can be assigned to a Sentence-to-Service work crew providing a variety of supervised community service work such as highway ditch clean up.
Restitution - Monetary restitution is collected and community service facilitated so the juveniles can provide reparation to their victims and the community.
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