If a youth has been involved in a law violation, it is up to a law enforcement agency to investigate. If they find probable cause to believe that a crime was committed, they will forward their police report to the juvenile department. Click here to view the Referral Process. The case will be assigned to a juvenile department counselor who will be responsible to manage the case. Certain offenses require District Attorney review before juvenile department staff decides on how to proceed. In other cases, staff will meet with the offender and his/her family, conduct a juvenile offender risk assessment screen and develop a case plan with the youth and the family. Upon completion of this assessment, the youth will be given the appropriate sanctions for the incident based on the graduated sanctions model. This plan may call for the case being handled informally (informal probation conditions) or formal processing (court hearings and judicial orders). Victims of juvenile crimes will also be involved in the juvenile department counselor's planning.
Juvenile Crime Prevention Program
The Juvenile Crime Prevention Program is geared toward students who demonstrate at-risk behaviors. The goal of this program is to provide early identification of youth (ages 10-15) at risk at the school (grades 4th - 10th) and family levels and provide intervention services to prevent a first offense from occurring. At-risk behaviors may include any or all of the following: antisocial/acting out behavior, school problems, poor family functioning, substance abuse, and poor peer relationship.
This program provides an opportunity to seek services at an early state to decrease at-risk behavior and increase positive contribution to school, family and community. Students and families participate voluntarily and are not required to be formally or legally involved with the Juvenile Department or Juvenile Court.
Each request for services will be screened and an assessment will be conducted for level of intervention services. The benefits for students allow: 1) opportunity for plain talk and positive contact with the School Resource Counselor; 2) opportunity to participate in the program to identify and evaluate behaviors which contribute to achievements and at risk behaviors; 3) opportunity to build competency skills which will lead to successful participation in school, community and home; and 4) opportunity which supports and emphasizes strengths.
If you would like additional information and/or to refer your child to this program, print and mail or fax the Prevention Referral.
Funds for these services are provided through the Oregon Youth Development Council, Juvenile Crime Prevention Program.
Drug and Alcohol
MIP (Minor in Possession of Alcohol) & UPOM (Unlawful Possession Less than 1oz of Marijuana) referrals
MIP and UPOM referrals by law enforcement require and automatic court appearance. A petition is filed with the court and a summons is served by law enforcement on the youth and parent/guardian.
Minor in Possession of Tobacco Products
- First Referral - Youth are referred to attend a 4 hour Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco education course.
- Second and Subsequent Referrals - Youth are required to pay a fine of $110.00.