Juvenile probation program focuses on changing behaviors


Ian Smith and his mother Kimberly Smith outside their Franklin home. Ian Smith is currently on house arrest and looking for a job to help cover the cost of his probation. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

Sometimes the decision comes to paying the phone bill or the probation fees that month.

New shoes, clothes, groceries: All have been sacrificed to the six years’ worth of probation fees.

Over those six years, Kimberly Smith has paid more than $3,000 in fees to the juvenile probation system and juvenile court in Johnson County after each of her three children was arrested as a juvenile.

Her kids have been arrested as teenagers for crimes such as shoplifting and bringing a knife to school. After each arrest, they are put on probation and completed classes that address their individual needs, such as improving social skills or dealing with anger issues.

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