To serve youth who have committed delinquent acts, and their families, by utilizing evidence based programs of supervision and care, which provide community protection, youth redemption, victim restoration and recidivism reduction
In partnership with the community, the Blair County Juvenile Probation Office promotes the development of competencies to enable youth to become responsible and productive members of the community
Blair County Juvenile Probation is striving for a juvenile justice system that is mission-driven around the principles of Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ), performance-based, and outcome-focused. We have adopted the Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy (JJSES) as the framework through these goals will be accomplished. BARJ describes the mission and our essential goals—community protection, enhancing the competencies of delinquent youth, and accountability to victims. The JJSES is the strategy for achieving that mission, especially regarding community protection and competency development, by addressing the criminogenic needs of youth through structured decision-making, risk/needs assessment, case planning, and evidence-based practices and programs. The JJSES also reinforces the need to use research, data, performance measures, and evaluation.
The Blair County Juvenile Probation Office is a branch of the Juvenile Court of the 24th Judicial District of Pennsylvania. Referrals are received from police departments charging youth, between the ages of 10 and 18, with delinquent acts. The Juvenile Probation Office is responsible for supervising juvenile offenders by monitoring and enforcing Court orders and probation case plans.
In all cases, juveniles are assessed for risk, strengths, and appropriate interventions as provided by the Pennsylvania Juvenile Act. The assessment process identifies both risk factors such as drugs and alcohol and protective factors such as positive peer and family connections.
Once the assessment is completed, a probation professional makes recommendations on a course of treatment for the Juvenile Court to consider in assisting the juvenile to remain crime free, foster positive adjustment and behavior, and become a productive member of their community. The probation department may recommend the following types of supervision Informal Adjustment, Consent Decree, Probation or Placement. The course of treatment may include counselling, treatment for addiction and/or mental health issues, or placement as necessary, and provide the juvenile the best chance for success. A recommendation of placement is reserved for those juveniles who pose a serious risk to the community due to the severity of the offense or because the juvenile is a repeat offender. Whenever possible, all attempts are made to address these issues in the community.