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601 Status Offenders

An offense that a minor could not get in trouble for if committed as an adult

601 Truancy and Status Offender Minors

  • Services provided to minors who have truancy issues and are beyond the parents control.
  • A referral is made by a school official or a law enforcement officer through a citation to the appropriate agency.

School Attendance Review Board (SARB)

  • SARB is for minor’s attending elementary or middle school who have habitual truancy issues.
  • SARB is made up of community and school representatives who will determine if services can help the minor’s family resolve the truancy issues or if the situation requires a juvenile court petition.
  • A parent could be required to take the minor to school everyday, pay fines, attend parenting classes, or a criminal complaint could be filed.

School Attendance Mediation (SAM)

  • Minor attends high school, has received three truancy letters and has failed to show any improvements in attendance during the school year.
  • The minor and family may sign a contract that is valid for an entire calendar year at a SAM hearing to focus on improving attendance.
  • If the student violates the contract, the case is referred to a Truancy Officer who then proceeds to file a 601 (b) W&I Truancy Petition with the Juvenile Court.

601 Truancy Court

  • The Truancy Officer reports to the Judge on how the minor is doing in school monthly or bi-monthly depending on the severity of the case. If there is no improvement, a trial date is set.
  • The minor can then be declared a habitual truant by the Judge and can be placed on 601(b) W&I probation for six months.
  • Terms could include community service, curfew, and delay or suspension of a drivers license.

A Minor is Contacted by Law Enforcement

  • A police officer issues the minor a citation and then releases the minor to their parent
    • If released to parent, the Probation Department will review the case to determine the appropriate level of intervention.
    • The Probation Department will contact the minor and parent/guardian regarding the case.
      OR
      • The probation officers will assess the minor at intake to determine if the minor can be released to his/her parent or remain detained.
    • A police officer arrests the minor and takes the minor to the Placer County Juvenile Detention Facility.

    Released to Parent with a Citation:

    • A crime is reported to law enforcement.
    • Law enforcement will conduct an investigation.
    • The minor is physically detained/searched.
    • Citation issued and minor released to parent with a possible Promise to Appear in court.
    • The law enforcement report is then forwarded to the Probation Department for review.

    Probation Department Review Process

    • A Probation Officer will review the law enforcement report to determine seriousness of the case and the appropriate level of probation services.
    • The case can be referred to:
      • Law Enforcement Diversion Program
      • Alternative Intervention Program (AIP)
      • Citation Hearing
      • Traffic Hearing
      • District Attorney for prosecution ;

    Early Intervention Programs

    Children’s System of Care (CSOC)

    • Provides services to help children at risk and their families.

    Latino Leadership Council

    • They offer health screenings and nutrition education, Spanish language Parent Project, gang awareness, and teen pregnancy prevention.

    Parent Project

    • Parent and teen skill building programs for youth 13-17 years old.

    Re-direct

    • Reaches out to all at risk youth, their families and community with educational services, prevention and intervention programs, recreational activities, and resource opportunities that support a healthy and positive lifestyles.

    We Are Teens Always Helping (W.A.T.A.H)

    • The diversion program focuses on low self esteem, social skill deficiencies, and problematic behaviors with minors in a group setting.
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