Why is it important?
Increased juvenile crime levels are especially disturbing because
the future of a community lies in the ability of its youth to develop
into emotionally stable and productive adults.
What is the measure?
The standard seven categories of crime reported each year include
homicide, forcible rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny (theft
except motor vehicles), and motor vehicle theft.
How are we doing?
Tuolumne County juveniles rarely commit serious, violent offenses.
The majority of juvenile law violations referred to the Probation
Department stem from misdemeanor assaults, petty theft, and second-degree
burglary charges related to thefts from commercial establishments.
Few juveniles are cited or arrested for drug offenses. However,
substance abuse plays a part in nearly all delinquent activity.
The most commonly abused controlled substances among the juvenile
offender population are methamphetamine, marijuana and "Ecstasy".
Recently, a sharp increase occurred in the abuse of prescription
drugs. In addition, a disturbing increase in "huffing" or
the inhalation of certain easily obtained aerosol products is evident.
Even though the traditional gang problems that plague other areas
of California have not risen to prominence in Tuolumne County, we
see a disturbing trend in "White Pride*" activity and
The Probation Department operates prevention and intervention programs.
The goal of the Juvenile Justice System is to divert youth from
the detention system, by using the least restrictive methods. We
strive to keep juveniles in their homes and community. This keeps
their support systems available while making it possible for youth
to make reparation to the victims of their offenses.