Juvenile Division

The Juvenile Division is responsible for processing all juvenile offenders referred to the juvenile justice system in Monterey County. It is comprised of four major work units: Court Services, Field Services, Special Services, and Alternative Programs.

The Juvenile Division’s mission is to protect the citizens of Monterey County by assessing the risk and needs of juvenile offenders and utilizing evidence-based practices to provide prevention and rehabilitation services. The Juvenile Division also prepares appropriate reports and recommendations for the Juvenile Court, enforces court orders, and provides assistance to victims.

The Juvenile Division strives to prevent and reduce the frequency, severity, and impact of delinquent behavior among juveniles who come within its jurisdiction.

Juvenile Court Services

Juvenile Court Services prepares reports for the Juvenile Court and makes recommendations regarding detention, terms and conditions of probation, program referrals, and placement. The Intake Unit processes referrals from various law-enforcement agencies within Monterey County as well as referrals transferred from other counties.

The Juvenile Sex Offender Treatment Program, the Restorative Justice Program, and the Juvenile Division's Restitution Unit also operate out of Juvenile Court Services.

Juvenile Field Services

Juvenile Field Services is responsible for the supervision of all minors on formal and informal juvenile probation not otherwise assigned to other programs within the department. The unit has long standing partnerships with the Salinas Union and Monterey Peninsula Unified High School Districts, providing supervision and support through the Campus-Based Probation Officer Program. In addition, juvenile probation officers provide supplemental law-enforcement services at special events, such as the Salinas Valley Fair, the Monterey County Fair, and high school sporting events.

Juvenile Special Services

The Placement Unit monitors youth that have been removed from their homes and placed in Group Homes. The Juvenile Special Services Unit monitors the Juvenile Drug Court Treatment Program, the Juvenile Mental Health Court Program (CALA), the Placement Intervention Program (PIP), the Placement Unit, the Wraparound Program and the Supportive Therapeutic Options Program (STOP). Juvenile Special Services is also responsible for departmental compliance with Title IV-E regulations. The Department provides training in time study and case plan development and audits juvenile files to ensure that the Department is meeting Federal and State mandates.

Alternative Programs

Silver Star Resource Center

The Silver Star Resource Center (SSRC) is a collaborative of agencies that provide prevention and intervention services for at-risk, probation, and gang involved youth and their families. Probation also works closely with the Monterey County Office of Education Alternative Education and Community Schools.

Silver Star Youth Program at Rancho Cielo

The Silver Star Youth Program at Rancho Cielo combines supervision, schooling, counseling, job training, and after school classes to at risk youth and juveniles on probation. This provides a “one-stop” source for juvenile services at a centralized location. The Silver Star Youth Program opened in 2000. In 2004 the SSYP moved to the old 100-acre Boy’s Ranch property just north of Salinas, enhancing the existing services. Silver Star’s primary goal is to improve the health and well-being of our area’s youth by reducing risk factors.

The Silver Star Youth Program’s multi-disciplinary staff represents five agencies: Monterey County Probation Department, Monterey County Office of Education, Monterey County Department of Children's Behavioral Health, Turning Point of the Central Coast, and Visiting Nurses Association.

The Silver Star Youth Program is a safe place for select youth who are motivated to change. Silver Star Youth Program staff will support the youth in their efforts to:

Clerical Support

Clerical staff assigned to the Juvenile Division provide general support services, including language translation services for clients, victims, and probation officers. Clerical staff are assigned to each unit within the division.

Data entry and the collection of statistical information are also important functions of clerical staff. Other administrative duties include preparing reports to various local and state agencies.