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Social Story: Rules of Juvenile Probation


These social stories were created by ASERT to describe the various aspects and rules of juvenile probation.

A piece of paper that has

If I am found guilty of a crime, I may be put on probation.

There is a boy in front of a house. He is holding a sheet of paper that says

Probation lets me live at home in my community as long as I follow the rules.

There is a boy at the bus station. There is a thought bubble and he is thinking about the

When I am on probation, I will have to follow the rules.

There is a boy. He is talking to the judge.

The rules are a direct order of the court.

There is a boy shaking hands with a man

I will be assigned a probation officer.

The man is on the phone. The boy is standing in front of a house. There is a clock on the image

My probation officer makes sure I am following the rules like being home on time, going to work, not using drugs or alcohol, and not breaking any laws.

The man is handing a sheet of paper that is labelled

My probation officer will tell me what the rules mean.

A boy and a man are talking on the phone. The boy is asking a question to the man

If I don't understand a rule, I should ask my probation officer.

A boy and a man are standing in a room. There is a book shelf in the room.

My probation officer may check on me at home, work, or in the community.

There is a cup of yellow liquid

I may have to take a random drug test.

There is a boy wearing an orange vest

I may have to do community service hours.

There is a boy wearing an orange vest outside. He is carrying a trash bag

Community service is work I do for the community without getting paid. Examples could be a local homeless shelter, cleaning up a park, or working at an animal shelter.

A boy and man are standing together

If I have sensory issues, I should ask my probation officer to think about these before giving me my community service.

A boy is handing a small piece of paper while talking to the judge.

I may have to pay money for the crime I committed. This is called restitution.

A boy is sitting on a couch. He is talking to a woman in a white lab coat

I may also have court costs that I have to pay to the court. I may have to go to counseling.

A boy is in front of a house. There is a clock in the image

I will have a specific time that I have to be home. This is called a curfew.

There is a boy in handcuffs and a striped uniform behind bars

I could go to jail and have my probation revoked (taken away) if I do not follow the rules.

There is a boy. A man and the judge are standing by a courthouse

If I follow the rules, the court will decide when I can be released from probation supervision.

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This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.