Most juveniles who go through the court system remain at home under supervision by the Field Services division. The probation period is usually one year, but the court may lengthen the duration of probation to age 19.
Field Services Units
Field supervision and rehabilitative services for youth and their families are provided by nine (9) Field Services units located throughout Harris County. In addition, there are numerous satellite offices utilized to provide more convenient locations for families. The nine Community Unit Probation Services (CUPS) offices offer traditional and intensive supervision, enhanced aftercare supervision, as well as specialized programming and supervision.
The courts also offer Deferred Adjudication to juveniles who are generally non-violent offenders. The program guides them through six months of supervision aimed at diverting them from further involvement in the juvenile justice system. Upon successful completion of their Deferred Adjudication contract, their cases can be dismissed.
The Field Services Division also provides opportunities for youth under supervision to take part in service learning projects and community service restitution. Participation in service learning and/or community service is based upon court order, specialized program requirements, JPO recommendation or sanction.
Service Learning engages youth in global and community problem-solving through youth led service projects. Service learning builds strong character in youth as they learn about the role they play in their community and encourages lifelong civic participation. Participants of service learning projects learn real-life experiences, and workplace skills, which enhances personal development. They see themselves as active contributors to their community and learning experiences rather than passive recipients of adult decisions.