The County Justice Services program encompasses four divisions. The three
Juvenile Divisions work in a cooperative effort to deal with juveniles who
come into conflict with the community. The philosophy adhered to by these
divisions is the "Balanced Approach", which is made up of three elements:
- COMMUNITY PROTECTION
- OFFENDER ACCOUNTABILITY
- COMPETENCY DEVELOPMENT
Juvenile Diversion: Most first-time offenders are offered this program as an alternative
to the formal court process. Diversion agreements are established to hold the juveniles accountable
for their offenses thus avoiding a court record. Accountability is established through community
service work, apology letters, reports, restitution and random drug testing. Additional programs
are put in place to address the needs to the youth, parents and victims.
Juvenile Probation is a more structured and restrictive program for
the habitual/serious youth offender. Individuals are formally adjudicated
in court when placed on probation. Probation provides the youth with an
alternative to incarceration, while requiring that they be held accountable
for their actions. Various programs are in place to address the needs of
the youth, their families and the victims of their crimes.
Juvenile Detention provides direct supervision and guidance to the
residents through supportive encouragement and instruction. The facility
serves five Idaho counties. The program assists juveniles in learning
appropriate behaviors and interpersonal skills. Education programs are
provided. The Detention Center is a maximum-security facility.
Adult Misdemeanor Probation is a new program that will provide supervision
to adults placed on misdemeanor probation in Kootenai County. Probationers will
be monitored to see that they comply with court ordered conditions. If misdemeanor
probationers do not comply, they will be given the opportunity to explain their
non-compliance to the Court.