Under direction, to (1) perform highly technical and specialized duties in conjunction with the parole violation hearing process and to facilitate the revocation process for both the Youthful Offender Parole Board and the Parole Services Branch, Department of the Youth Authority; (2) to act as appeals coordinator for the Youthful Offender Parole Board; and to do other related work. Positions in this class are not supervisory.
Performs specialized and unusually responsible, technically complex and highly sensitive duties associated with the parole violation process; meets with parolees and their counsel and fully apprises parolees of their rights as they pertain to hearings, attorney representation, and witnesses and ensures the parolee understands the situation; assists parolees in outlining their defense; effectively recommends granting or denying counsel; assists parole unit staff in the preparation of the violation reports and analyzes such reports for conformance to Board policy; ensures that reports contain necessary factual information and are exclusive of prejudicial material; interviews and contacts relatives, friends or witnesses required by the parolee for attendance at the administrative hearings by whatever investigatory means are necessary to ensure their presence; may be required to issue subpoenas to adverse witnesses; arranges for hearings within legal mandates; keeps abreast of Department of the Youth Authority, institution and parole policies, Youthful Offender Parole Board policies and regulations and current legal decisions impacting the violation process and the correctional system; verifies security of the area where the hearing is to be held; acts as a resource person during the hearing regarding the procedural manner in which the administrative hearing is conducted; assists parolees if they neglect to provide beneficial information; acquaints new attorneys with legal differences between courtroom and Board hearings; establishes and maintains positive relationships with law enforcement, the legal community and local detention facility staff; prepares all necessary reports. As appeals coordinator, reviews and analyzes all appeals submitted to the Board; discusses case with ward and all other interested parties; grants or denies appeal.
In the California state service:
1. One year of experience performing the duties of a Parole Agent II, Youth Authority; or
2. Three years of experience performing the duties of a Parole Agent I, Youth Authority.
Experience: Three years of experience in social casework with delinquents. Two years of this experience must have been directly involved with prisoner/ward due process rights in a probation or parole setting; and
Education: Equivalent to graduation from college.
Knowledge of: California laws relating to juvenile delinquency; current laws and policies relating to the parole violation process, policies, standards, rules, organization, program, and purpose of the Youthful Offender Parole Board and the Department of the Youth Authority; the parole violation process, the different types and purposes of the administrative hearings that are conducted by the Board; methods used and problems involved in the supervision and rehabilitation of delinquent youths; principles and methods of making investigations and obtaining evidence; functions and procedures of State, county, and municipal law enforcement agencies; prisoner/ward due process rights; principles and practices of mental hygiene, clinical psychology, guidance and counseling procedures as related to juvenile delinquency.
Ability to: Apply the principles, techniques and trends in rehabilitation, parole and social casework; interpret and apply rules, regulations and procedures; secure the cooperation of individuals and agencies necessary to the parole violation and appeal process; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; apply guides and procedures as directed by U.S. Supreme Court decisions; act independently and make independent judgment; analyze parole violation reports; speak and write effectively; prepare reports.
Demonstrated interest in and enthusiasm for the rehabilitation of delinquent youth; willingness to travel throughout the State and to perform work requiring irregular hours; tack; and emotional stability.
Applicants for positions in this class are required to pass a drug screening test. (The drug screening test will be waived for Department of the Youth Authority employees who are currently in a designated "sensitive" class for which drug testing is required under State Personnel Board Rule 213.)