After a young person is arrested, he or she goes through the Probation Intake process.
First, an intake officer interviews the young person about the alleged crime, school attendance, and living situation, among other topics.
The intake officer also interviews the arresting officer, the complainant/victim, and the parents or caregiver of the young person.
The intake officer then determines whether the case should be referred for formal court proceedings or held open for adjustment services, which can include:
- Community service
- Referral for community-based services
- Letter of apology and/or mediation
If the intake officer refers the case to Family Court, the matter proceeds to the Office of the Corporation Counsel, which prosecutes Family Court delinquency matters.
If the case is diverted from court, it is held open for adjustment services and monitored by the Department of Probation (DOP) for up to four months.