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Juvenile Probation Officers (JPO) assess the needs and risks of youth entering the juvenile justice system.
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 “an adjudication of delinquency . . . shall not be deemed a conviction.” § 985.35(6), Fla. Stat. (2011).
 Florida Supreme Court Decision, J.I.S., a child, Petitioner, v. STATE of Florida, Respondent, No. SC05-1097, May 11, 2006.
Consistent with § 985.03(45), Fla. Stat. (2011), commitment programs are grouped into five custody classifications based on the youth’s assessed risk to the public’s safety. The restrictiveness levels of “commitment” or placement represent increasing restrictions on a youth’s movement and freedom. The least restrictive, or minimum-risk level, is non-residential and falls under the jurisdiction of Probation and Community Intervention rather than Residential Services. In Florida, only a judge can place a youth into a Florida Department of Juvenile Justice commitment program level.
Your child’s juvenile probation officer (JPO) should be able to tell you what commitment level your child will be going to and to what program. View written descriptions of each residential commitment program, its services, a map with directions, and contact information.
In addition, your child’s basic rights include at least one 10-minute telephone call a week.
He or she also has the right to write at least two letters a week, at the expense of the program, no matter what level of restrictiveness your child is in.
You can learn about your child’s treatment and progress by carefully reviewing the goals (performance plan) and progress reports (performance summaries) that the program sends to you.
The program will notify you of scheduled treatment team meetings and encourage you to give your input, either in-person or by telephone.
If your child already has a high school diploma or GED®, the residential program will involve your child in other constructive activities, including online college courses and vocational education if your child is interested in those opportunities and meets the requirements.
You also may make your Cost of Care payment online.
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