Programs and Classes
Juveniles are typically assigned 20 hours of community service on each juvenile charge. Community Service is completed under the supervision of a male and female Community Service Supervisor. There are several sites where Community Service takes place including The Holt Arena at Idaho State University, The Bannock County Fairgrounds, the Idaho Food Bank, ISU Daycare, and the Juvenile Detention Center. Other sites may be used when available.
Through this program the juveniles will learn how to give back to the community what they have taken through committing juvenile offenses.
“Constructing A Future” is a program designed to aid juveniles on probation in the development of construction related skills and train them for future employment by teaching them responsibility while laboring in a goal oriented environment. “Constructing A Future” also enables program employees to pay off restitution and court fees. All income earned by “Constructing A Future” employees goes directly toward these debts. Those who complete the program are at an advantage in that they have acquired valuable skills that will benefit them throughout their working life and in that they are able to repay the community financially in a timely manner.
The program partners with Pocatello Neighborhood Housing (PNHS) to be able to purchase and sell the homes. The also provide oversight in some cases in regard to code issues and remodeling plans. PNHS can also assist couples wishing to buy the remodeled homes in getting financing.
School District 25 has a construction class through high school. They have helped draft the plans of the addition to the most recent home, and plan to possibly help in developing the blueprints for our next home.
Under the standard terms and conditions of Probation, juveniles may be placed on house arrest at the probation officer’s discretion by using the Electronic Monitor Program or the Home Detention Program. Currently up to ten clients can be supervised on Home Detention and fourteen Electronic Monitors are utilized which allows the use of graduated sanctions regarding incarceration.
Juvenile Sex Offender Group
The Juvenile Sex Offender Group is a community based out-patient program that treats juveniles dealing with sex offender issues. The program has 4 units that participants progress through sequentially, and must master the clinical issues within each unit prior to moving onto the next. The program includes risk assessment of juvenile sex offenders, community-based group treatment, family participation, and a monthly wrap-around team meeting.
The purpose of the Parent Orientation class is to help parents better understand the role probation plays in the community, the family, and the individual. Parents are asked to examine their influence in their child's behavior, and to consider changes that they need to make in an effort to help their child. The class explains to parents their responsibility in the probation process, and clearly outlines the department's expectations for cooperation, as well as the possible consequences for noncompliance.
Parents are encouraged to ask questions about the juvenile justice system and policies and procedures of Bannock County Juvenile Justice and Probation.
Every effort will be made to see that each victim who has possibly sustained an out of pocket loss will have an opportunity to make a fair and accurate claim for restitution, and to see that each victim is compensated in full for their documented loss.
“Shortstop” is a family program that was developed by members of the Orange County Bar Foundation in 1978 as a diversion program for first time offenders. In November of 1991, Bannock County purchased the rights from the foundation to implement the program as an alternative to detention for court ordered youths. The operation of the program is a joint effort between Bannock County Juvenile Justice, the Bannock County Sheriff’s Department and community volunteers.
“Shortstop” is a two session program held on Tuesday nights from 5:45 until 9:00 at the Bannock County Criminal Justice Center. Each session is facilitated by a trained instructor who volunteers his of her time to the program.
In the first session, offenders are given a dose of “reality therapy”. They are shown what their life will be like if they continue to commit crimes and become an adult criminal. In this session, offenders are assigned number and referred to by number through the rest of the session. They are searched and shackled by jailors and then transported to a holding cell in the facility. Parents are allowed to accompany the juveniles to the holding cell. Once in the cell, several inmates come in to talk to the kids and their parents about what life is like in jail and the decisions they made that led them to jail.
Afterwards, parents and kids return to the classroom where each offender in place on the “Hot Seat”. During this portion of the program, the instructor questions the offenders one at a time about their crimes. Offenders are prompted to think back about their actions and five ideas of what they could have done differently in the decision making process.
After each juvenile is questioned by the instructor, parents and kids are given a book that has 100 pages of easy to read text and ten homework assignments. The homework assignments include a business interview with a community volunteer and spending time together with the family, along with other assignments.
In the second session, kids are given name tags instead of number tags. They are shown a video entitled “Twice Pardoned”. After the video, the instructor reviews the homework assignments with the participants by asking for their responses to each assignment. Kids are able to see how the homework relate to patterns of behavior that lead to success in their lives.The program concludes with a graduation, since each juvenile is allowed to go through the program only once.
Victims of property crimes will be given an opportunity to participate in the accountability area of the juvenile’s case plan through either victim offender mediation or a victim impact panel. Referrals to the program can be made by the Restitution Officer, and/or Probation Officers.