Intake Services

 In most cases, the Intake Unit is the first contact that a juvenile has with the Juvenile Justice System after the police department. The Intake Diversion Unit has a variety of duties but the 5 primary responsibilities of the unit are:
  • Conducting certification studies
  • Conducting preliminary inquiries on new referrals
  • Screening detention admission requests
  • Supervising deferred filing caseloads
  • The Homebound Program, an alternative to secure detention

Preliminary Inquiry

After receipt of each referral, the Intake Officer arranges an appointment with the defendant (juvenile) and the parents/legal guardians to conduct a mandatory pre-adjudication interview. The interview consists of discussing the offense(s), gathering information regarding school, friends, behaviors, parental information, etc. After this interview, the officer will make a recommendation to the District Attorney as to whether they believe the juvenile would benefit from a non-judicial program, or, if charges need to be filed and the youth referred to Court for formal action.

Detention Screening

Intake Officers are available 24 hours a day to receive and screen calls from various law enforcement agencies within Oklahoma County requesting admission of a juvenile to the detention facility. The detention screening process is made up of reviewing and evaluating the juvenile’s current offense, past history, protection of the community and whether the juvenile would be available to the court, when so ordered.

Deferred Filing Caseload

As an alternative to filing a charge against the juvenile, the Intake Officer may in certain cases, design and monitor a Deferred Filing Agreement with the juvenile, the parents/guardian and the District Attorney. The Intake Officer’s main responsibility is to assist the juvenile and family in identifying problem areas, set up programs to help correct these problems by facilitating the family’s participation in these programs. This process is provided to correct the negative behavior while providing consequences for the commission of offenses.


Certification studies are conducted at the order of the Court. The certification hearing is conducted when the District Attorney has filed a “Motion for Certification” on a juvenile and the court has found prosecutable merit in the case. It is a study to help the Court determine if the juvenile should be handled as an adult. These studies are done in conjunction with a psychological study performed by a psychologist. These studies speak to the type of offense that was committed, past history, age and rehabilitative possibilities of the juvenile.

Home Bound Program

When a juvenile has been placed into secure detention and it is believed that he/she may need some supervision but does not need to be in a secure facility, they may be referred to the Home Bound Program. This program provides juveniles pending court with less restrictive supervision. The juvenile and parent/legal guardians must agree to a set of rules designed for the juvenile. These rules will involve at the very least, adult supervision of a parent/legal guardian and the attendance of school or work. The juvenile must report at least 2 times per day by telephone and is seen daily, in person by the Home Bound Officer.