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McKean County Court of Common Pleas Statement of Purpose:
- Treating all people with dignity, courtesy, civility and respect.
- Listening carefully, considering conscientiously, and deciding wisely.
- Applying the law with impartiality and integrity.
- Providing a forum that is fair, in a setting that is dignified, safe and clean.
- Recognizing the Court’s responsibility to protect the rights of all citizens.
- Acknowledging the Court’s duty to encourage where possible, and to compel to where appropriate, every citizen to carry out the responsibilities owed to one’s family, community, state and nation.
The Mission of McKean County Juvenile Probation:
The Mission of Juvenile Probation is to reduce and prevent juvenile crime; promote and maintain safe communities; and improve the welfare of youth and families who are served by the Court.
The principle beliefs supporting the Mission are grounded in Act 33 of 1995, The Juvenile Act, in which it states “consistent with the protection of the public interest, to provide the children committing delinquent acts programs of supervision, care and rehabilitation which provide balanced attention to the protection of the community, the imposition of accountability for offenses committed and the development of competencies to enable children to become responsible productive members of the community.” (The Juvenile Act, §6301)
In essence the duties and responsibilities of the McKean County Juvenile Probation Department are to carry out the Court orders to supervise youth adjudicated delinquent and/or diverted from the system in a community setting when possible under the principles of Balanced and Restorative Justice. The successful execution of these orders accomplishes the following: 1) community protection (curfews, community service, public service projects), 2) accountability to the victim (restitution, victim awareness classes, apology letters, etc.), and 3) juvenile competency development (counseling programs, education, social skill programs, parenting programs, etc).
Services provided by Juvenile Probation Officers to youth and families involved in the Juvenile Justice System include the development of individualized supervision plans, monitoring of school, home and community behaviors, monitoring curfews and/or utilization of electronic monitors, referrals to appropriate service providers (MH, Drug and Alcohol, Parenting, etc.), collaboration with families and service providers, problem solving between agencies (schools, social services, placements, etc.), supervision of community service, competency development programming (Victim Awareness Classes, Boondocs and Think Right classes), Victim and Offender meetings, collection of restitution, costs and fines, and fostering community engagement just to name a few.