Welcome to the County of Berks
Juvenile Probation Office
The County of Berks offices and services are currently open only to individuals with appointments and to conduct essential business that cannot be postponed or conducted remotely.
 
For the safety and well-being of our staff and residents, individuals that need to come to the County offices are asked to come with the least amount of companions possible.
 
Please contact the office prior to reporting. Those individuals with scheduled court hearings will be contacted should the hearing be postponed. The office remains open between 8 am – 5 pm.
 
Information on payments on fines and costs can be found here:  How to Pay Court Fines
 
Please visit www.countyofberks.com for the most up-to-date information as it is updated frequently. 
 
If you need information regarding COVID-19, please visit: www.doyourpartberks.com.
 
ATTENTION:
If you are feeling sick or have symptoms, please call your probation officer before coming in to the office. If you do not receive a response from your probation officer, please call our front desk and ask to speak with someone.

 

Mission: We are committed to Public Safety, Justice for Victims, the Reparation of the Community, and Accountability and Personal Development of Offenders with Respectful Treatment for All Involved.
 

The Berks County Juvenile Probation Office is an arm of the Juvenile Court of the 23rd Judicial District of Pennsylvania. The majority of referrals are received from the police departments charging youth, ages 10-17, with delinquent acts. The Juvenile Probation Office is responsible for holding offenders accountable by monitoring and enforcing Court orders and probation plans. At any given time, on average, the Juvenile Probation Office supervises approximately 450 youth, countywide. Probation officers are assigned to each school district in the County and serve not only as the liaison for each school in the district, but in the corresponding communities as well. The Berks County Juvenile Probation Office offers a wide range of programs and services for youth and their families.

The current PA Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy (JJSES)​ is evidence of the mindset of system reflection and improvement and an emphasis on capacity building. The principles of Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ) remain key, with the Enhancement Strategy supporting the achievement of the BARJ goals. Critical to these efforts is the use of evidence-based practices (EBP), data analysis and an ongoing focus on improving the quality of decisions, services and programs.

Since the adoption of the JJSES back in 2010, the Berks County Juvenile Probation Office has been able to use these evidenced-based practices to decrease the number of youth on juvenile probation, the number of youth entering secure detention and the number of youth entering out of home residential placement.  We’ve also been able to significantly reduce recidivism with those we supervise. Recidivism for Berks County youth, defined as a youth found to have committed a subsequent offense 2 years after case closure, has decreased from 20% for cases closed in 2010 to 13% for cases closed in 2018. This is the lowest recidivism rate for all 3rd Class counties in Pennsylvania. As a result of reducing recidivism and lowering the number of youth penetrating the juvenile justice system, we are spending $4.5 million less than we spent in 2010. A significant savings to the taxpayers of Berks County.  Our goal when working with youth is to instill in them long term behavior change. To have them held accountable for offenses committed, repair harm done to the victim and the community and to teach them skills so once their case is closed, they become productive members of the community.

Contact Information:
 
Address:
Berks County Juvenile Probation
633 Court Street
10th Floor, Services Center 
Reading, PA  19601
 
Phone:
610-478-3200 (Daytime)
610-478-3200 (After Hours--Non-Emergency)
610-655-4921 (After Hours--Emergency)
 
Fax:      610-478-3251
Hours:  Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.