Community service work ranges from washing police units to cleaning stalls at the parish's animal shelter or assisting local churches. The court must first approve all community service projects.
Requirements & Purpose
Besides mandating daily attendance at school, the probation officer regularly visits the school to check probationers' attendance, grades, and behavior. Participants are ordered to observe a 6:00 pm curfew, submit to a monthly drug screening, stay away from firearms, obey their parents, and adhere to all local, state, and federal laws.
"They have to get clearance before they can go to a concert or party or anything that is going to keep them out after 6:00 pm," Gagliano said. "We encourage them to get involved in school or church activities whenever possible. But things that potentially could put them back with the wrong group of people, we say no."
Classes & Sessions
Anger management and parenting classes are provided, and participants must attend substance abuse / mental health counseling. The counseling aspects of the program are overseen by the Center for Family Services.
Failure to Comply
Juvenile offenders who fail to comply with court mandates must reappear before a judge. Since the program's inception, the courts have revoked two violators' probation.
For more information on the Juvenile Probation Program or to reach Lieutenant Gagliano, please call (985) 783-6237.