The Juvenile Court Work Program was established in 1977 as an alternative program to incarceration. The intent of the program was to discourage recidivism through the use of physical labor. Minors are referred to the program from the Kern County Juvenile Court, Juvenile Truancy Court and Juvenile Traffic Court. This program operates seven days per week, except on major holidays. The majority of work is performed for government agencies and non-profit organizations. Under the supervision of Juvenile Corrections Officers the youth assist in many cleanup activities and projects in and around our department, and others including but not limited to Bakersfield College, Kern Medical Center, Fire Department, Roads Department, Parks Department, Kern County Tree Foundation, Union Cemetery, and Greenfield and Southwest Baseball Diamonds. The program is occasionally called upon by local politicians to aide in the cleanup of unlawful dump sites throughout the County.
The Home Supervision Program supervises youth who have recently been arrested, and in lieu of being detained in the Youth Detention Center, are allowed to and must remain at home pending the judicial process. These youth have daily contact with Probation Officers to determine compliance with program rules and regulations.