HOW DOES THE JOHNSON COUNTY JUVENILE INTENSIVE SUPERVISION PROGRAM WORK?

The Juvenile Intensive Supervision Program was developed to provide an alternative for juvenile offenders in lieu of group home or youth center placement. Intensive Supervision is designed to provide structured contacts with a supervision officer. Clients are required to meet with their supervising officer frequently. The Intensive Supervision Officer also initiates collateral contacts with schools, family members, employees, treatment providers, and significant others. Clients participate in all directed counseling. They observe a curfew and are tested (at their own expense) frequently for drug/alcohol use. Strict compliance with the Supervision Contract and the program guidelines is imperative.

What are the conditions and guidelines for the intensive supervision program?
Once the Court has granted you probation for a set period of time, the specific conditions of your supervision have been set out in the Supervision Contract or Conditional Release Contract. The Court has further ordered that you be supervised by the Johnson County Department of Corrections and abide by the written rules and regulations of the program. The written rules of the program are set out in the Juvenile Intensive Supervision Contract which your officer will review with you.

What are the different levels of the intensive supervision program?
There are four levels in the Intensive Supervision Program. Listed below are some of the minimum requirements of each level:
Level 1:

  • 2 face-to-face contacts with officer weekly
  • Urinalyses/breath analyses as directed
  • Curfew as directed Sunday through Thursday: 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday: 10 p.m.
  • Between 20 and 40 hours of community service will be completed over the duration of the probation period.

Level 2:

  • 1 face-to-face contact with officer weekly
  • Urinalyses/breath analyses as directed
  • Curfew as directed Sunday through Thursday: 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday: 10 p.m.
  • Between 20 and 40 hours of community service will be completed over the duration of the probation period.

Level 3:

  • 2 face-to-face contacts with officer per calendar month
  • Urinalyses/breath analyses as directed
  • Curfew as directed Sunday through Thursday 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday 10 p.m.
  • Between 20 and 40 hours of community service will be completed over the duration of the probation period.

Level 4:

  • 1 face-to-face contact with officer per calendar month
  • Urinalyses/breath analyses as directed
  • Curfew as directed Sunday through Thursday 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday 10 p.m.
  • Between 20 and 40 hours of community service will be completed over the duration of the probation period.

How does the court know if you are following the program?
A face-to-face contact may include visits to the probation office, employment sites, home visits, or meetings at other designated places. Intensive Supervision Officers are also required to have frequent contact with those individuals who play a significant role in your life, such as family, friends, treatment providers, sponsors, etc. Random urinalyses (UA) and breath analyses (BA) will be conducted as directed by the Intensive Supervision Officer. The curfew is monitored on a random basis.

Compliance with the previously stated requirements, and any other requirements will allow the individual to progress through the Intensive Supervision Program.

Is there anything else the juvenile will need to do while in the program?
The program is geared to change the behavior that caused you to get in trouble and assisting the participant in doing so. Changing the participant’s behavior can be difficult. To aid in accomplishing this, they have developed the following programs:

House Arrest:

  • House Arrest via electronic monitoring is an option which may be Court ordered initially, or at any point during the probation. The House Arrest Program is administered from the Juvenile Field Services Office.

Groups:

    • Power Source is a course which gives our male clients an increased ability to read and understand the emotions that motivate their choices, perceptions, and feelings as well as teaching coping and stress management strategies. This class meets once a week for four weeks; there is no charge for the program. For additional info- www.lionheart.org

Girls Circle is a course designed for our female clients age 13 and up. The program examines thoughts, beliefs, and actions about friendships, trust, authority figures, mother/daughter relationships, sexuality and dating violence, drug abuse, stress and goal setting. This class meets once a week for eight weeks; there is no charge for the program. For addition info- www.girlscircle.com

Cage your Rage Anger Control Program is a class designed to help juveniles understand and deal with anger. This class meets once a week for four weeks; there is no charge for the program.

Changing Lives Through Literature- by reading assigned books, clients learn more about themselves and how to control their behaviors. This class meets once a week for seven weeks; there is no charge for the program. For additional info- www.cltl.umassd.edu

Financial Peace University- using curriculum designed by Dave Ramsey, clients (and family members if they wish to attend) will learn how to: establish a budget that works; save money and build wealth; set and achieve financial and career goals. This class meets once a week for six weeks; there is no charge for the program.

What happens if you have problems on ISP?
Failure to comply with any of the conditions of your ISP Contract may result in a referral to the Review Board, which may impose sanctions and make modifications to the contract. The alternative to the Review Board would be a Court hearing, which could result in your probation being revoked. If your probation is revoked, the Court may impose additional sanctions.


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