Arvada’s Direction

Safe Community

Juvenile Probation Recidivism

Due: December 2021

Principle: Provides an independent, fair, and impartial justice system that efficiently processes the court docket, renders fair and just decisions, and holds all stakeholders accountable.


A crime is any act or omission of an act in violation of a law forbidding or commanding it. Most crimes are defined by statute, and they vary tremendously across different states and counties. The Model Penal Code (MPC) provides a good overview of the most common types of crimes, while the US penal code provides a list of all crimes. 

While specific criminal acts may vary by jurisdiction, they can be broadly characterized  as “felonies” and “misdemeanors.” Felonies include more serious crimes such as, murder or rape, and are usually punishable by imprisonment of a year or more. 

Misdemeanors are less serious offenses and are punishable by less than a year of imprisonment or fines. Municipal offense are seen as less egregious and usually involve a fine or class. Probation in Arvada can be as short as three months and as long as one year. 

Probation and diversion are sentences commonly utilized in the juvenile justice system. The sentencing goals in juvenile justice are to employ evidence-based intervention to rehabilitate the juvenile. If proper evidence-based interventions are utilized, the juvenile should be properly rehabilitated in a manner that they will not re-offend and obtain additional charges within Arvada. 


Criminal law addresses the system of legal rules that define what conduct is classified as a crime and how the government may prosecute individuals that commit crimes. Federal, state, and local governments all have penal codes that explain the specific crimes that they prohibit and the punishments that criminals may face. 

Individuals who violate federal, state, and local laws may face fines, probation, or incarceration. Lawsuits against criminals are initiated by prosecuting attorneys who act on behalf of the government to enforce the law.

Sentencing in a juvenile case should be based on the juvenile's risk levels and needs and determining what appropriate interventions need to be made, rather than looking at the offense itself. 


We have hired an amazing new Probation Officer who has an incredible wealth of experience both in adult and juvenile probation but also implementing programs and best practices working for the Division of Criminal Justice.  She comes in with great energy and enthusiasm. She has set up meetings with important community and government partners and is working on strengthening and developing new supervision programs and ideas.  She is primarily supervising juveniles but also some adults who need extra assistance and supervision.  She will also be working with our One Small Step Court defendant to help supervise them, provide resources and referrals and support them as they are working through their probation supervision period.  

Our One Small Step team is working hard to get our OSS docket up and running.  We are working with the City Attorney's Office, the PD CORE team, VCN homeless/housing navigator, and City Manager's office to set a date and time . We will be holding our OSS docket every Monday at 10am.  Defendants in this OSS Program will be required to report on a very regular basis to ensure stability and structure while they work to get back on their feet.  Our expectations for progress are small and our hope is to support these individuals who are experiencing various levels of homelessness as they work back towards stability, housing, employment, sobriety and addressing any possible mental health needs.  We are also forming a Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) of professionals who will staff OSS Defendants on a monthly basis to make sure we are workign together to best support these individuals in our program.  

Work System
Performance Measures

Completing Probation Requirements 


% of Juvenile defendants who successfully complete traditional court ordered sentencing. Traditional court ordered sentencing includes: community service, charge-specific classes or counseling.

The purpose of this measure is to determine whether the percentage of success is higher or lower than the specialized sentencing. The normal sentencing is 60 days.

All juveniles sentenced during a certain month are tallied and in 120 days, staff reviews the group to determine the number that completed sentencing requirements and the number that did not. This provides the % of completion data. It should be noted that this performance measure will always lag in reporting as staff must wait 120 days before gathering data.


Probation is an alternative sentence to incarceration available in the court system. Probation officers supervise juvenile criminal offenders in their community settings. Arvada Probation track offenders to ensure they follow court orders -- and report problems and progress to the courts. Probation officers network with social service, schools, and community agencies that help offenders restart their lives. Their work streamlines the judicial process and links the courts, offenders and the community to preserve community safety while striving to rehabilitate offenders.


Data Source

Full Court Enterprise Software System

Did you know?

The Police Department embraces a community-based policing strategy. Four police community stations are strategically located throughout the City.