31st District Court Service Unit
Sex Offender Program
The 31st District Juvenile Sex Offender Program is a collaborative community intervention designed to address the unique and varying supervision and treatment needs of Court-referred juvenile sex offenders in the 31st Court District serving Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.
The program is based on a Best Practices Model that prioritizes public safety and incorporates the latest evaluation tools, treatment methodologies and behavioral management systems based on current research. The program is consistent with the mission of the Department of Juvenile Justice which is to protect the public through a balanced approach of comprehensive services that prevent and reduce juvenile delinquency through partnerships with families, schools, communities, law enforcement and other agencies, while providing the opportunity for delinquent youth to develop into responsible and productive citizens.
Assessment and Treatment
Individualized treatment plans are designed to increase family functioning, increase victim empathy skills, social competencies, offender accountability and to recognize positive progress.
An interagency multi-disciplinary team oversees treatment planning and provides funding through local Family Planning and Assessment Team and 294 (Transitional Services) funding for youth on parole.
All referred clients are initially evaluated using an integrated psychosexual assessment.
Treatment objectives accomplished through family, group and individual therapy.
Enhanced Supervision and Case Management
The frequency of community supervision contacts by probation is based on risk level and needs of youth and family.
- Treatment providers and probation staff are available 24 hours, seven days a week.
- 24-hour supervision plans and Electronic Monitoring Services are used as needed.
- The focus is on offender and parental accountability.
- Involves collaborative contacts with intervention specialists and clinicians.
- Involves close collaboration with schools and other public agencies.
- Effective service delivery is provided for this population through the through Court Service Unit staff specialization, ongoing training and operating in small teams that work exclusively with this population.
- To reduce recidivism by sex offenders.
- To protect the community.
- To assist youth conformity to community standards.
- To assist youth and support families in their efforts to change the offending behaviors of youth.
- To strengthen the collaboration between probation and family supervision and clinical treatment services.
- To share program outcome data with appropriate stakeholders.