|VI. Monitoring And Enforcement
Compliance with court-ordered sanctions can be monitored by law enforcement agencies, probation departments, education and treatment program staff, and the parents of juveniles. This chapter discusses the importance of monitoring, problems the court faces in providing for monitoring, and what judges and prosecutors can do to improve monitoring, including involving parents.
Importance of Monitoring
Problems Involved in Monitoring and Options To Improve Monitoring
Police and probation departments respond to the "messages" judges communicate regarding their attitude toward the importance of systematic monitoring and taking action for noncompliance. When judges discourage efforts to revoke probation or fail to take action against persons who drive after suspension, those responsible for monitoring become less vigilant or less inclined to call the violation to the judge's attention.
Involving Parents In Monitoring Compliance
Juvenile court judges and others, depending on State statutes, have the authority to involve parents in the disposition of a juvenile's case and to order parents to monitor the juvenile's compliance with specific sanctions, as noted in chapter 5. According to the National District Attorneys Association, courts also must have the ability to hold parents in contempt for noncompliance to ensure that parents follow through with court-ordered participation in a juvenile offender's sanction. Care must be taken to ensure that all actions taken against parents are in addition to appropriate sanctions for juveniles, and not in place of such sanctions.