Illinois statutes allow for the practice of diverting certain first time offenders from the formal court process. This option requires cooperation from all parties who must sign an agreement for the minor to be assigned a period of informal supervision, with conditions for a period of up to one year. This allows the juvenile who completes the supervision successfully to avoid a juvenile court record.
The officer meets with the minor and family to gather extensive social and family background information to aid in determining a suitable course of action, resulting in either diversion or referral to juvenile court.
Comprehensive social history investigations as ordered by the court are completed by the officers. Updated social history investigations remain the responsibility of the supervising officer. Adoption investigations are assigned to all officers, excluding home detention officers, on a rotating basis.
Court ordered conditions are incorporated into each supervision plan, and each case is classified as to the intensity of supervision required. Contacts are then made with the minor, his family, school, and appropriate community agencies according to the level of supervision prescribed. These officers are responsible to the court to hold minors accountable for successfully completing their probation or supervision without reoffending.