The Wayne County Juvenile Probation Department is responsible for the investigation and supervision of juveniles under the agency's jurisdiction. The department works with juveniles ranging in age from 10 to 21, who are alleged to have committed, or who have committed felony or misdemeanor offenses prior to their 18th birthday. The Juvenile Probation Office is responsible for holding offenders accountable by monitoring and enforcing Court orders and probation plans.
Phone: 570-253-5970 ext. 4121
The Wayne County Juvenile Probation Department is an arm of the Wayne County Juvenile Court System, the 22nd Judicial District. Presiding over the Juvenile Court and Juvenile Probation Division is the Honorable Raymond L. Hamill, President Judge. Also presiding over juvenile court hearings is the Honorable Robert J. Conway, Senior Judge.
The department is responsible for the investigation and supervision of those juveniles under the agency's jurisdiction. The Wayne County Probation Department works with juveniles ranging in age from 10 to 21, who are alleged to have committed, or who have committed felony or misdemeanor offenses prior to their 18th birthday. The Juvenile Probation Office is responsible for holding offenders accountable by monitoring and enforcing Court orders and probation plans.
The Wayne County Juvenile Probation Department operates under Pennsylvania's mandated philosophy of Balanced and Restorative Justice, often referred to as BARJ. This philosophy emphasizes that each juvenile's case receive individualized attention, with a focus on the philosophy's three goals; Community Protection, Accountability, and Competency Development. The Pennsylvania Juvenile Justice System is a model of rehabilitation, and is established to ensure that the steps taken in each case are in the best interest of the child, while taking into account community safety.
When making recommendations or supervising juvenile cases, the probation officer has an array of different tools and services available to them. A juvenile may be placed on house arrest or electronic monitoring, they may be ordered to pay restitution, complete community service, write an apology letter to their victim, or prepare an essay on the effects of their crime. Further, they may be order to participate in services or counseling through a community-based provider.
Juveniles placed under the supervision of the Wayne County Juvenile Probation Department may be monitored at home, school, work, in out-of-home placement, and/or in the community. The Wayne County Juvenile Probation Department has established working relationships with the local school districts, county agencies, and the local community-based providers. These relationships enhance the ability to supervise each juvenile, and in turn adds to the protection of the community.
For those juveniles with treatment needs that cannot be met in the community, and/or who pose a high risk to the community, the probation department can recommend to the Court that the juvenile be placed in a residential facility. When selecting a residential facility, a placement is selected which best meets the juvenile's treatment needs.
Wayne County Juvenile Probation Department Website