The Home Detention Program program is designed to be an alternative to placing juveniles in detention. Juveniles placed in this program are supervised in the community which allows them to continue to attend their regular school and participate in other pro-social activities. The Home Detention Program consists of various levels and/or types of supervision as outlined below. Program participants assessed continuously can be moved to and from different supervision levels and types as their risk level increases or decreases.
Home Detention – Electronic Monitoring
Juveniles are placed on Home Detention can be electronically monitored with an active Global Positioning System or GPS device installed in their home coupled with an electronic transmitter attached to their person. Additionally, GPS units can be used to track juvenile offenders and enforce any exclusion zones where they are Court ordered to not enter. Community Corrections Officers monitor the juvenile’s compliance with home detention with random home and employment visits through Community Accountability Visits (CAV) after normal business hours.
In general eligibility (and thus placement), is determined by the Court. Juvenile Community Corrections provides a service to the Court which places youth on Home Detention. A Detention Risk Assessment Instrument (DRAI) is used to determine if a youth will be placed on this alternative to detention. However, with regard to post-dispositional cases, the Juvenile Community Corrections program uses an assessment instrument similar to the DRAI to determine if youth should be placed on a GPS monitor or Trust House Arrest.
Program participants are eligible for various incentives or rewards while on Home Detention, including Recreational Passes and movement to less restrictive supervision,
Juvenile Community Corrections believes it is important to recognize and reward the positive achievements of those placed on Home Detention. Upon completing the first two weeks of Home Detention, the program participant becomes eligible for Recreational Passes. Four-hour Recreational Passes are given when a program participant goes a week without any Level 1 violations. If they have one Level 1 violation then they will receive only a two-hour pass. Program participants become ineligible for Recreational Passes for any Level 2 or Level 3 violations for a minimum of 1 week.
Those program participants who are placed on Home Detention for an open-ended period of time and who demonstrate good behavior are evaluated for possible placement on Trust House Arrest.
The following criteria must be met before consideration is given to placement on Trust House Arrest:
1. Post-dispositional youth must have served 50% of the original amount of time ordered by the Court. For example: if a 60-day term is ordered, then 30 days must be completed. For pre-dispositional youth, 75% of the time must be completed. The time frame used is the taken from the number of days between when the youth was placed on Home Detention until the scheduled Dispositional Hearing.
2. No Level 2 violations as seen on the Violations and Responses Flow Chart.
3. Youth must be in good standing with court-ordered requirements.
4. Must have 50% of Home Detention Fees paid.
Home Detention – Trust House Arrest
Trust House Arrest is one of the two levels of Home Detention utilized by our agency. Under this supervision, the youth are not placed on GPS. Youth on this program are allowed more time in the community with their family and friends.
The target population consists of pre-adjudicated, pre-dispositional and post-dispositional cases. Generally, risk levels will be in the moderate to low range and there may be responsivity issues to consider such as employment, extra-curricular activities, or even education itself. Trust House Arrest is also used as a “step-down” from the more intensive supervision of GPS monitoring.
Due to the inherent risk associated with the following delinquent criminal acts, no juvenile on Home Detention can be placed on Trust House Arrest when charged with, or adjudicated for, Arson, Robbery involving a weapon or bodily injury, Rape, Child Molesting, Firearms offenses, Aggravated Battery, Possession of, or Dealing in, a Controlled Substance other than Marijuana, Disarming a Law Enforcement Officer, Involuntary Manslaughter, Kidnapping, Prostitution, Reckless Homicide, Rioting, Stalking, and Weapons of Mass Destruction crimes.