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Part 26.95. High-Risk Youth Education and Public Safety ProgramChapter 2. High-Risk First-Time Offenders Program. Article 1. Eligible Participants   

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(a) An eligible participant shall be a high-risk first-time offender. For purposes of this chapter, "high-risk first-time offender" means a juvenile 15 years of age or younger who (1) has been declared a ward of the juvenile court for the first time pursuant to Section 602 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, or (2) who has been placed under supervision of the probation department pursuant to Section 654 of the Welfare and Institutions Code subsequent to his or her first probation referral involving charges pursuant to Section 602 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, and who has at least three of the four risk factors defined in subdivision (b), as determined by a probation officer based on the previous 12-month period.

(b) (1) Significant school behavior and performance problems: this means a pattern of multiple occurrences of truancy and missing certain classes, resulting in formal school action, or behavior problems that have resulted in suspension or expulsion.

(2) Significant family problems: this means at least one of the following:

(A) The minor has an immediate family member or relative, with whom he or she is living and frequently interacting, who has a criminal record, is in jail or prison, or is on probation or parole.

(B) The minor's family has a prior or pending filing for child abuse pursuant to Section 300 of the Welfare and Institutions Code or for neglect, abandonment, or placement in a residential facility.

(C) The behavior of a parent of the minor indicates a significant lack of supervision or control, as evidenced by one or more of the following conditions:

(i) Lack of knowledge or concern for the minor's whereabouts or behavior.

(ii) Ineffective monitoring of the minor's friends and activities.

(iii) Refusal to accept responsibility for the minor's criminal behavior or to hold the minor accountable for responsible, age-appropriate behavior at home, at school, or in the community.

(3) Substance abuse: this means a documented pattern of abuse of alcohol or illegal drugs by the pupil or the abuse of alcohol or drugs in the pupil's home.

(4) Delinquent behavior: this means a pattern of criminal activity, incorrigibility, or gang membership or association.

(Added by Stats. 1997, Ch. 340, Sec. 1.)

Reference:

Welfare and Institutions Code 300

Welfare and Institutions Code 602

Welfare and Institutions Cdoe 654