The 13th District Court Service Unit provides domestic and delinquent intake services, juvenile probation and parole services to the City of Richmond. The CSU has one locally funded post-dispositional case manager who provides service linkage at intake. The case manager is office-based and responsible for monitoring compliance, court appearances, documentation and follow-up.
DJJ has adopted the Youth Assessment Screening Instrument (YASI) and the Standardized Disposition Matrix (SDM) as its official risk assessment tools. The YASI assesses risk, needs, and protective factors. The CSU conducts a pre-screen YASI report and the SDM for each charge as identified by policy.
The Court Service Unit director convenes and co-facilitates a Juvenile Justice Collaborative (JJC) meeting bi-monthly. The purpose of meetings is to facilitate juvenile justice process and systems improvements among stakeholder agencies in the City of Richmond.
Students are exposed to all areas of the juvenile justice experience, including intake processing, diversion, investigations, probation case management, reentry planning. Formal training and on site orientation is provided and students are supervised by experienced probation staff and supervisors. All students and volunteers considered for placement will undergo a thorough background investigation including driving record. Student interns are expected to commit to at least one full semester and be available for fourteen to twenty hours a week.