Tulsa County Family Center for Juvenile Justice


Housed in the Northpointe Office complex on the northeast corner of Pine and Martin Luther King Avenue, the Probation Department of the Tulsa County Family Justice Center consists of 1 Probation Supervisor, 3 Unit Coordinators, 15 Probation Counselors and 3 Secretaries.

Process and Contact Information
The Probation Department at the Tulsa County Family Justice Center is charged with the assessment, supervision, and accountability of youth referred to probation by the court. While the Probation Counselors are obligated to appear in court for youth, they also are charged with providing information to court regarding a youth’s behavior in the community, such as home and school. All youth on probation are court referred through the adjudication of a delinquent charge. The following process outlines the normal movement of a case within probation as it relates to the treatment, accountability and court processes.

  1. After being adjudicated delinquent, most youth are referred to the Probation Department and a Disposition Hearing set, typically for 30 to 60 days from the date of adjudication. The Intake Department completes their documentation and sends the youth’s file, containing their assessments, court documentation, police reports and social information, to the Probation Department.
  2. After receipt of the file, a Probation Supervisor or Unit Coordinator assigns the case to a Probation Counselor. Once the Probation Counselor receives the file, contact with the parent/s or legal guardian is made and a Dispositional meeting is arranged.
  3. During the disposition meeting, the Probation Counselor conducts an in-depth background history regarding the youth and the family. An instrument is used to assess the current likelihood of further involvement in delinquent activity to identify areas of need for the youth and family. Utilizing all sources of information available, the Probation Counselor constructs a Dispositional Study and Individual Treatment and Service Plan, which contains family history, assessment findings, the needs identified and the plan for the youth in the community to avoid further delinquent offenses.
  4. At the Dispositional Hearing, the Probation Counselor presents the Dispositional Study/ITSP to the court and outlines the plan for the youth’s treatment and accountability regarding the delinquent offense. The court can either accept this plan as is, or through the arguments of the District Attorney and legal counsel or solely based on the judge’s opinion, the Treatment Plan could be modified. Once the judge is in agreement with the plan, it will be ordered that the youth and family comply with all elements and the ITSP is entered into the legal record as an order or the Court.
  5. Should the youth or family fail to comply, further delinquent offenses could be filed and the court could increase the limitations of freedom for the youth or require more intensive treatment up to and including removal from the home and placement in a treatment facility. Similarly, if the youth continues to violate the law, more restrictions will be placed on the youth and the possibility of removal from the home increases.
  6. It is worth noting that during this process, all parties living under the roof of the delinquent youth fall under the jurisdiction of the Court including adults and siblings. As such, the Probation Department can and does deploy counselors and officer in certain situations to the home at any hour of the day with the authority to inspect and/or search the probationer’s residence. As is standard with any probation case, weapons of any kind, drugs or paraphernalia, gang-related clothing etc. could be confiscated and will at least be ordered from the home at the time the youth is placed on probation. Violating these rules of probation could result in delinquent charges against the youth or criminal charges for adults in the home.
  7. There are, based on evaluation, behavior, and the delinquent charge, differing levels of probation involvement. Low risk classified youth are typically supervised less in the community, have committed misdemeanor offenses and have shorter stays on probation. Medium risk youth comprise the greatest number of youth on probation. This range of youth could expect either a short probation term based on the charge and the compliance with the treatment ordered by the Court and outlined in the probation contract, or a long stay should the youth fail to comply with probation. Lastly, the high risk probation youth has proven either through their offenses or failure to comply or behavior and offenses that are dangerous for the community and youth that they need more structure, less freedom and more interaction with a Probation Counselor. High risk youth are seen at all hours and have a more stringent contract with the court than those who are on normal probation. Failure to comply with this level of interaction and treatment can result in referral to and custody being placed with the State of Oklahoma through the Office of Juvenile Affairs.
  8. Based on need and behavior, youth may move up and down the spectrum of probation levels. The determination of level past the initial Dispositional Study is based on behavior, compliance and treatment progress. Once a youth reaches high risk, they either complete their requirement or are placed in the custody of the State.
  9. Progress is reported to the Court during Probation Reviews and recommendations entered by the Probation Counselor. It is during review hearings that decisions to close cases are made and/or the case can be continued and set for another review. High Risk youth have more reviews and are before the judge with their families more often that other risk levels.
  10. Ultimately, cases are passed, closed or custody ordered to the State Office of Juvenile Affairs at review hearings. Should a youth’s case be closed, they are done with the court unless money is owed. If a youth is ordered into the custody of the state, their case remains open and placement in a state facility considered. Court reviews will continue for State Custody Youth.

Probation Supervisor, Unit Coordinators and contact numbers:
Probation and ISP Supervisor: Richard Harris 918-631-6709
Dockets B and D Coordinator: Wanda Simpson 918-631-6717
Dockets A and C Coordinator: Josh Hogan 918-631-6721
High Risk Coordinator: Seneca Benjamin 918-631-6702
Reception Contact Numbers: 918-631-6745, 918-631-6701, 918-631-6700

Special Services

The Special Services department at the Tulsa County Family Justice Center primarily deals with the release of youth from detention as an alternative to being locked up. As such a program, the judge presiding over the case makes the decision as to whether or not a youth is appropriate for being on our Intensive Supervision Program (ISP) who monitor the youth while on Homebound Detention. Once a judge makes the referral to ISP, an ISP worker meets with the youth and family to assess the family for admittance to the program and to advise the family and youth of all the requirements of the program. Should the youth be deemed appropriate, the ISP staff will make home and school visits, monitoring all aspects of the release rules for compliance during the youth’s time in the program. Not following the rules of ISP release from detention could result in the youth being returned to detention and at some point a determination could be made to remove the youth from consideration in the future for Homebound Detention. The following are the rules for the program and if your child is referred, you and your child will be expected to sign and date a form containing these rules.

Residency Rules

  1. I will leave my residence only during school hours and come directly home after school. During school I will not leave the grounds without permission from ISP staff.
  2. I will leave my court approved residence only during work hours and come directly home after work. Once at work, I will not leave the workplace without permission from ISP staff.
  3. If court approved transportation fails to arrive in any situation, the child will immediately page the ISP staff leaving a return phone number. The child is not to leave or ride with another unapproved person without permission from the ISP staff.
  4. I will remain inside my court approved residence and will leave or go outside only when my guardian is present with me. If leaving I will page ISP staff before leaving and also upon returning home. I will not leave with anyone other than my parent or guardian unless approved by ISP staff.
  5. I will make my residence available 24 hours each day for visits from staff. My guardian is aware of this requirement and authorizes the ISP staff to make these visits as frequently as deemed necessary.
  6. I will not have any visitors, other than immediate family members at my residence at any time. Parent/Guardian will be aware that a visual observation of the residence may be requested at the ISP staff’s discretion. Parent/child will be asked to accompany the worker during the observation. The purpose of the observation is to assure compliance of not having unapproved visitors.
  7. I will not leave Tulsa County, even with a guardian or parent, without prior approval from a Judge.
  8. I will follow all reasonable rules of my parent/guardian.
  9. All animals must be chained or locked in a secure area. Failure to comply will result in the client being returned to detention.
  10. School Rules

  11. I will attend school each day without being tardy, unexcused absences or suspensions, do my school work and not misbehave or interfere with the education of other.
  12. I will attend school every day unless my guardian and the ISP staff give me permission to remain at home. Should illness or some other legitimate reason require me to miss school, I will call the ISP staff by 9:00am that day.
  13. Activities

  14. I will not drive a car or any other motorized vehicle. Only in rare and extreme cases may special permission be obtained from the ISP staff.
  15. I will not violate any city, state or federal law.
  16. I will not use or possess alcoholic beverages or illegal substances of any type. This includes, gasoline, paint, glue, butane or any other type of toxic inhalants that cause intoxication or bodily harm.
  17. I will submit to a random drug test at any time. My guardian assumes the expense of this test and refusal to submit to a drug test will be viewed as a violation.
  18. I will keep all appointments set by the staff. Any failure to keep an appointment without a valid excuse will be viewed as a violation of homebound rules.
  19. If presently on probation, I will continue to meet with my Probation Counselor as requested. I will notify the ISP Staff prior to leaving and also returning home.
  20. Absolutely no contact with (you will be told who you cannot visit with if ISP staff decides).
  21. No contact with anyone on probation or any other type of court supervision.
  22. No contact with anyone on probation or any other type of court supervision.
  23. I will not write any letters to anyone being held in any detention facility.
  24. Any hostile or threatening behavior by client, parent/guardian, siblings or resident members will result in a violation by the client and possible contempt of court charges to be filed on the parent/guardian.

Any numbers you as a parent of child will need to contact the ISP counselors or their supervisor will be provided during the interview. Should you lose those numbers, call the Family Justice Center Courthouse at (918)596-5960.