In keeping with the mission of the Lucas County Juvenile Court, the Probation Department remains committed to the restorative justice and balanced-approach framework which emphasizes a response to juvenile delinquency that focuses on accountability, public safety, competency development, and victim reparation. The department strives to hold juvenile offenders accountable for delinquent activity, while providing referral to resources that reduce criminal behavior and increase the ability of youth to live productively and responsibly in the community.
The department recognizes that accountability for the offender means accepting responsibility and acting to repair the harm done to people and communities. The department embraces the importance the role the family plays in each youth’s response to supervision, and requires parents and/or guardians to participate in the youth’s treatment plan, as well as other programs to which the youth and family are referred.
Assessment, referral to treatment, and interventions are provided based on each offender's needs. Many of these interventions focus on teaching life skills and coping skills to youth through referral to diverse programming that includes, but is not limited to:
- Individual and family therapy
- Mentoring services
- Domestic violence prevention programming
- Sex offender treatment
- Job-readiness training
- Assessment and linkage to treatment for youth with substance-abuse issues
To meet the goals set forth in the department’s mission, we strive to develop positive and collaborative relationships with other systems and service providers in the community to ensure the greater likelihood of successful family outcomes.
Read more about the work of the probation
department in this excerpt from the 2015 Annual Report.