The Preventing Repeat Offenders Program (PROP) is designed to identify youth, at an early age, who are at risk of becoming chronic juvenile offenders. To be considered for the program, a youth must be entering the system at age 15 ½ or younger, and assessed at high risk for reoffending. The criteria for youth assigned to the program include having difficulties at school, family relationship issues, substance abuse, and gang associations. In addition, the youth may display incorrigible behavior and a history of being a runaway. The Preventing Repeat Offenders Program provides intensive probation services to youth and their families, in the hopes of preventing recidivism.
The primary objective of the program is to address anti-social behaviors that often lead to chronic delinquency, by assessing the youth and family's needs and making appropriate community based service referrals. The Deputy Probation Officer conducts frequent field contacts at the youth's school, home and in community. The Deputy Probation Officer works collaboratively with County Mental Health, schools, and other collateral agencies. A strong emphasis is placed on more parental involvement. In order to provide these intensive probation services, the ideal caseload sizes are approximately 20 youths and their families. Success is achieved through the coordinated efforts of the Deputy Probation Officer and community-based agencies working with the family to provide early intervention.
If you have questions about a court case, contact the San Mateo County Courts.
If you want to know which Probation Officer is assigned to your case, call (650) 312-8807.