The 23rd Court Service Unit serves the citizens of Roanoke County, the City of Salem and the Town of Vinton by providing for the safety of the public and delivery of services to delinquent youth, victims of domestic abuse, family controversy related to support, custody, visitation, child abuse and neglect, and status offenders. This Unit promotes the use of a balanced approach in meeting the needs of the community, victims and offenders. Through supervision strategies and techniques the Court Service Unit provides community protection by providing effective offender monitoring and control. The unit uses graduated sanctions in response to violations of court orders and rules of probation/parole to reduce juvenile crime through immediate and effective intervention. The offenders are required to work to restore the losses suffered by the victim and recognition of the harmful consequences of the youth’s actions. Lastly, the youth will be discharged from supervision to be more capable of productive participation in society.
The 23rd District Court Service Unit provides probation, parole and intake services and drug tests when ordered by the judicial staff. CSU 23’s Community Diversion Program is highly successful in diverting first time offenders into the community to complete restitution or community service work in lieu of petitions being filed. Community Diversion also works with truancy cases referred by visiting teachers. By working with juveniles, parents and schools, juveniles are re-entered into school and monitored daily to ensure compliance with the diversion program.
Juvenile Intervention Services, a VJCCCA program, provides an array of services, including alternative supervision, intensive supervision, electronic monitoring, community service and restitution compliance, and drug screens (court ordered).