Probation may elect to assign informal probation at a citation hearing or after the Court has referred the case back to Probation for informal handling. Informal probation is for a maximum of six months and expires without Court involvement. An informal probation contract may include referral to community-based organizations, community service work, classes, etc. The contract is signed by the minor and parent(s) to indicate that both agree to the conditions. Subsequent citations on minors who have previously been on informal probation become mandatory referrals to the District Attorney.
Early Intervention Program (EIP):
This program is similar to informal probation, but involves more contact by the Probation Officer with the minor and family. An Early Intervention Officer meets with the minor and family and sets up conditions for a six-month contract. Minors call the Probation Officer on a weekly basis and may be required to report to the Probation Officer, if needed. The contract may include referral to a community-based organization, community service work, classes, etc. The term expires without Court involvement.
Sonoma County Volunteer Center:
Intake Probation Officers refer minors to the Volunteer Center for placement with local agencies and organizations where they perform monitored community service work. The Probation Officer tracks the youth's compliance in completing the assigned hours.
Weekend Work Crews:
Intake Probation Officers can refer minors to weekend work crews for the number of weekends that is appropriate for that which the minor is charged.
California Offender Program Services (COPS):
This low cost program offers six classes on theft, substance abuse, anger, and vandalism.
This program is a restorative justice model program with victim/offender or teen/parent mediation including the development and tracking of a restoration case plan.
Family Functional Therapy:
The ten to twelve-week program, delivered by a community-based organization, is a structured family-based intervention that teaches families better communication and parenting skills.
This restorative justice model intervention involves the minor and key stakeholders in his/her life who participate in a victim-offender mediation process that results in the development of a plan to compensate the victim.