Probation is a court-ordered sanction that allows youth to remain in the community under the supervision of a Probation Officer. The conditions of community-based supervision can vary. It could include fines, restitution, community service, educational programs, counseling, drug tests or other sanctions.
Not all youth who are referred to Probation Services receive court ordered community supervision. In fact, the majority of youth referred do not even go to court. Through the Probation Intake Unit, Probation Officers apply objective criteria and assessments to determine graduated levels of response and possible informal handling of presenting charges. Youth can be diverted to service providers in the community, educational programs or supervised informally for a short period of time if the situation warrants such.
Trial by Peers (peer court for misdemeanor citations), the Truancy Program and Consent Decree Supervision are all informal supervision programs where a youth has the opportunity to have charges dismissed upon successful completion.
Field Supervision is for juvenile offenders deemed appropriate for community supervision by the court. Field Probation Officers are responsible to monitor compliance with court orders, assist probationers in obtaining needed services, conduct home, school, and work visits, administer drug tests, and insure victims are being compensated through restitution payments. If the probationer does not follow the conditions and orders set forth by the court, the Probation Officer could take the youth back before the Judge for further consequences.
Drug Court, Juvenile Sex Offender Unit, and the Continuum of Care Program are specific field units that provide specialized assessments and intensive supervision to those populations with particular needs.
Probation Officers are expected to be competent in addressing a variety of issues at the Intake level as well as in Field Services. Substance abuse, sexual deviancy, child abuse, domestic violence, gangs, and mental health issues are some areas Officers are specifically trained on. Probation Officers work hand in hand with community groups and social service agencies to provide offenders and victims with support and services. Probation Officers maintain partnerships with local law enforcement and other justice agencies so they can benefit from each others area of expertise and communicate the latest information.
The Restorative Justice Program is designed to aid victims and witnesses affected by juvenile crimes. The program can provide information, assistance and support for the following:
For additional information, please contact the Restorative Justice Program office at (702) 455-5285.
- Questions about the juvenile justice system
- Victim compensation information
- Liaison between victim and prosecutor
- Property return information and processing
- Information on local support groups
The Gang Task Force Office is located within the Clark County Department of Juvenile Justice Services (DJJS). It demonstrates the department’s vision of a “Safe Community achieved by promoting partnerships with the youth, families, and the community”. The Gang Task Force Office helps to enhance the entire continuum of services impacting “juvenile change” which begins in Juvenile Court, continues through detention and probation, and finally transitions to the juvenile’s return to a nurturing neighborhood. The Gang Task Force Office has forged important partnerships between DJJS and 12 other local law enforcement jurisdictions to address juvenile gang crime while assisting over 100 local community agencies in providing gang prevention and gang intervention services to juveniles and their families during transition to a normal life.
601 N. Pecos Road Las Vegas NV 89101 Tel (702) 455-5290
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