The Probation Department is also responsible for operation and administration of the Juvenile Hall. Juvenile Hall is a place of detention for juvenile offenders taken into custody within the provisions of Section 602 of the Juvenile Court Law. These young people are detained for their protection or the protection of the community, pending and/or serving final disposition of their cases. Programs include temporary detention pending court disposition, holding for other agencies, and varying lengths of residential care. Treatment programs include full-time school within the Juvenile Hall for continuation of education.
Juvenile Boot Camp:
On March 12, 1996, the Board of Supervisors agreed to set into motion the necessary plans to build a 60-bed Juvenile Boot Camp Facility. As a result of the Board's actions, the Juvenile Boot Camp began operation prior to the start of the 1997-98 budget year. The Camp's objective is to instill, by way of military protocols, structure, discipline, and accountability while in a correctional environment. The Camp Program provides therapeutic intervention, education and family involvement in the rehabilitation process.
Court Day School:
Any minor expelled from a school district must receive their education from a Community School under the auspices of the Superintendent of Schools. The School is separate from the traditional school setting and addresses special educational needs. The typical student in a Community School is dysfunctional in the classroom and not normally willing to accept authority. The School is located on the County property next to Juvenile Hall. The Probation Department assigns two Deputy Probation Officers to be on-site as authority figures, as well as to interact with the students, parents and staff. The Probation Department uses a portion of the facilities for a Court Day School. Minors who would otherwise be sentenced to Juvenile Hall of truancies and non-violent offenses are committed to the Court Day School and placed on electronic monitoring house arrest for a period of 90 days.