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What is a juvenile intake officer?

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A juvenile intake officer works as a type of parole officer, processing complaints concerning youthful offenders. A juvenile intake officer assesses criminal situations, including police reports and social history, to determine a proper course of legal action for children and teenagers.

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Juvenile intake officers work with family courts and rehabilitation facilities. The officers refer juveniles to the proper court or treatment facility. Most often, a juvenile intake officer has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice psychology or social services. Some juvenile intake officers who work in entry-level positions straight out of high school gain adequate work experience and advance to intake officer without a college degree.

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