4309 Memorial Dr.
Decatur, GA 30032
Greetings and welcome to DeKalb Juvenile Court's Probation Division Page.
The probation team are committed to servicing youth placed on probation by the Court in the most effective ways and strongly believe that each child brought to the juvenile court deserves the very best in what we have to offer. We believe that when excellence is the input, excellence is the output. To this end, the goals set for the division are based on the Court's mission and are to:
Some of the things implemented in the Probation division as a result of these goals include:
2014 has been a great year for our division thus far and we are looking forward to an even greater year in the future!
Shunda L. Dean, Chief Probation Officer
DeKalb Juvenile Court
Overview of the Probation Division
The Probation Division is the supervision arm of the court. It is led by the Chief Probation Officer. Probation Officers and Supervisors of the division are responsible for ensuring that youth placed under supervision are provided appropriate supervision and services in an effort to protect, restore, redirect and support youth in their communities.
The division is currently home to a staff of 34 individuals who serve on one of the division’s four units: Intake, Special Services, Intensive Supervision or School-based Supervision. Each unit is led by one of the division’s four supervisors.
The Intake Unit is responsible for entering delinquency and dependency cases presented to the court and providing intervention services to families who wish to redirect a child. In this division, cases are entered and processed for court handling. The unit is led by Juvenile Probation Supervisor, Gerald Brown. He, and his staff of officers, provides case management, intervention and customer services. The unit is also responsible for monitoring detention populations, processing youth that have been neglected or abused and diverting cases away from the court that are better handled by families, community resources and or schools. The Intake Unit is unique in that it operates 24 hours a day and is open on weekends and holidays to service the DeKalb County Community.
The Special Services Unit is responsible for Children in Need of Services (CHINS) and cases being presented before the court. The Special Services Unit is where informal cases are taken and processed for informal handling and diversion from formal handling. This unit is led by Juvenile Probation Supervisor, Bernadette Thomas-Snyder. Ms. Thomas-Snyder’s unit consists of Truancy, Court-Based and Informal Supervision Officers. These officers supervise and service truant youth (youth who have been adjudicated truant by the court) and youth that are placed on informal supervision (a short term supervision agreement that prevents youth from being formally supervised for minor and/or first time offenses). This unit includes the division’s Court Based Officers who present delinquent cases to the Court.
The Intensive Supervision Unit is home to the accountability court caseloads, sex offender caseloads, interstate transient youth and incompetent youth. The Intensive Supervision Unit is where cases that require special handling are supervised. This unit is led by Juvenile Probation Supervisor, Shunda Dean. Ms. Dean’s unit consists of Formal Supervision Officers assigned to cases that require intensive supervision. These officers handle youth who have committed sexual offenses, youth transferring in and out of state, youth deemed incompetent by the Court, youth in danger of being committed to the State, youth assigned to all-male drug court caseload and youth assigned to the all-female mental health caseload.
The School-Based Supervision Unit is comprised of probation officers who are assigned to regions within the DeKalb County School System. The School-Based Supervision Unit includes youth placed on standard formal probation. The unit is led by Juvenile Probation Supervisor, Hyacinth Douglas. Ms. Douglas’s unit consists of School-Based Supervision Officers (SBPO’s) assigned to one of five regions of the DeKalb County School System (DCSS). These officers are assigned to school clusters and supervise youth who have been placed on formal probation by the Court that attend school in their cluster and youth who are not attending school in their cluster.
Probation supervision is supported by several tools that assist with gaining compliance. Much like parents use allowances, gifts, chores, loss of privileges and other rewards and consequences; our Probation Division uses sanctions (consequences) and incentives (rewards) to aid in deterring negative behaviors while reinforcing positive behaviors. Some of the sanctions and incentives we use are outlined below.
*Data based on DeKalb County’s Juvenile Court and State Court Probation Divisions
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Address: 4309 Memorial Dr. Decatur, GA 30032