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