Pretrial Services JAC Screener - Job Code #4575

Sarasota County Government
Job Description

Pretrial Services JAC Screener (Official Job Title: Caseworker II) (New FY20 Budgeted Position - Selected candidate will start on or after 10/1: This is highly responsible, professional work in assessment, screening and release of juvenile offenders for the Sarasota County Government Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) and Pretrial Services Program, located within the jail. Serves as primary JAC screener on shift in processing juveniles, assists JAC Compliance Coordinator with stats and assists with training staff when necessary. Provides back-up coverage to Pretrial Services Intake Unit, as JAC-related responsibilities permit.


Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) Duties:

  • Acts as the primary JAC screener on shift
  • Conducts interviews and provides detention screening services to arrested youth to determine whether youth meets criteria for release, supervised release or secure detention
  • Ensures each youth receives medical and mental health clearance prior to admission to the JAC
  • Assesses suicide risk, completes mental health and substance abuse screenings and makes State Attorney recommendations for youth admitted to the JAC
  • Communicates with youth’s guardians, Department of Juvenile Justice personnel, Sarasota Sheriff’s Office, etc., to ensure efficient and effective processing of youth
  • Installs Electronic Monitoring equipment on juvenile offenders based on assessment score or court order
  • Maintains accurate records for the JAC
  • Provides information regarding juvenile citation eligibility and other JAC questions as needed to community stakeholders
  • Ensures all forms are printed and placed in appropriate bins
  • Maintains organization and cleanliness within JAC
  • Maintains JAC certification by attending and completing required trainings

Actively involved in training of JAC certified Intake caseworker IIs and IIIs:

  • Works alongside newly trained JAC certified Intake caseworkers, who shadow JAC responsibilities; responds to work related questions
  • Monitors work for accuracy
  • Updates JAC Compliance Coordinator and Intake Senior with regard to performance of Intake caseworkers in the JAC

Assists in JAC compliance:

  • Assists supervisor with maintaining JAC records and ensuring compliance with Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) and Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) requirements
  • Assists supervisor with monthly, quarterly and annual statistical reporting
  • Assists with and participates in program audits

Intake Duties:

  • Prepares local criminal histories from 12th Judicial Circuit Clerk of Court and jail system programs; prepares Florida and National criminal histories from FDLE/JIS system/CCIS
  • Prepares investigation reports for purposes of First Appearances
  • Utilizes and keeps updated and trained on all software, such as CE-Pretrial-Automon case management system

Court Attendance:

Attends Detention hearings or other court sessions to provide information to the Court.

Minimum Qualifications for Both Positions:  A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in criminal justice, counseling, social or behavioral science or a related field. Progressively responsible related experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required college degree. Must obtain certification by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) as a Florida Crime Information Center/National Crime Information Center (FCIC/NCIC) operator within one (1) month of appointment (CJIS Certification).

Additional Minimum Qualifications (in addition to the above):

Tier II:   Must obtain Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) certification to screen arrested youth within 180 days of appointment.

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