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Orange County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council FY 2014-15

Orange/Chatham County JCPC (Locally)

Orange/Chatham County Gang Assessment Results

Chairperson: Steven Stadler

Vice Chairperson: Jeff Nieman

The local JCPC meets the 1st Friday of each month. The location changes based on space availability. If you are interested in attending and would like to be added to the notification list please contact the coordinator.

Bylaws

Annual Plan 2010-2011

Annual Plan 2011-2012

 

Youth Served (2009-2010):

Orange County:

 

Program Name

# of Youth Served

Boomerang (YMCA)

Gang Prevention Grant

386

165

Court Psychologist (DJJDP)

11

Restorative Justice (DSC)

Family Table

127

14

Hillcrest Youth Shelter

0

Family Advocacy Network (Mental Health Association)

25

Mental Health Liaison (OPC)

80

School Liaison (District Court Judges Office)

49

Volunteers for Youth – Community Service and Restitution

213

Volunteers for Youth - Teen Court

Gang Workshop – Gang Prevention Grant

71

36

Total Youth Served

1177

 

Chatham County:

 

Program Name

# of Youth Served

Wrenn House

1

Court Psychologist (DJJDP)

1

Deep River - Choices

14

Hillcrest Youth Shelter

7

Family Advocacy Network (Chatham County Together)

51

Mental Health Liaison (OPC)

35

School Liaison (District Court Judges Office)

36

Deep River  - Community Service and Restitution

110

Deep River - Teen Court

49

Total Youth Served

304

 

Currently Funded Programs:

Boomerang (YMCA) - The innovative program is based on resiliency research, a best-practice model for addressing the needs of disconnected adolescents most at risk of dropping out of school. Boomerang helps youths and the community that surrounds them identifies resources and supports that lead to long-term, successful outcomes. Through a rich and robust community collaborative, Boomerang provides each student it serves with a strengths-focused environment that includes intensive attention to academics, psychosocial development and substance-abuse counseling. 

Family Advocacy - Chatham County Together –Families of children with behavioral and/or emotional issues can receive support as they navigate the mental health, school, and/or criminal justice systems. This service is also offered to Spanish-speaking parents. This program increases parent or guardian’s ability to identify and help their children become accountable for their behaviors that impact their school performance. This program teaches parents valuable communication skills so that they may become collaborative partners with agencies and school that are working with their children.

Court Psychologist (DJJDP) - This program provides mental health assessments and consultation with court involved youth. The court psychologist provides diagnosis, intellectual functioning, emotional and behavioral issues and social/family concerns. These recommendations are presented to treating professionals in order to develop and implement individualized plans.

Deep River Mediation – Community Service/Restitution/Teen Court - Works with youth who have committed crimes in Orange County and are assigned community service hours. Young people are placed in nonprofit work sites throughout the county where volunteer supervisors oversee and evaluate their work. The program coordinators organize group events such as park clean up projects and arts & crafts projects that benefit the community. Through this program, youthful offenders learn important lessons in responsibility and accountability and often develop positive relationships with their adult supervisors. Young people are also taught valuable life and job skills while volunteering. Teen Court accepts referrals of first-time offender’s ages 11-17 who have admitted guilt to misdemeanor offenses such as assault, affray, underage possession/consumption of drugs, alcohol and or drug paraphernalia, vandalism, disorderly conduct, larceny, and shoplifting.

Restorative Justice & Family Table (DSC) - Works with young people, their families, and those affected by juvenile crime to facilitate dialogue and encourage accountability. Restorative justice sees crime as a community breach and offers hope for healing through mediation.  Victim-offender mediators work with nonviolent juvenile offenders and those harmed to discuss the incident and ways to repair the breach. Cases are referred from Orange County Department of Juvenile Justice. The FAMILY TABLE series helps parents and teenagers learn new ways to communicate and negotiate.

Haven/Wrenn House – Provides a temporary shelter for at risk court involved youth. The youth are provided high level structured learning environment to increase their ability to academically achieve. In addition to a safe place for youth, one on one, group and peer mentoring is available that encourages youth to have age appropriate behavior and associations with other peers.

Family Advocacy Network (Mental Health Association) - Parents of school-age children who suffer with emotional and behavioral challenges and other mental health issues can find support and specialized training. The FAN also works on collaborative projects with other area agencies to create training opportunities for parents that prepare them to appropriately cope, or make decisions about their child's treatment and other needs. Through the FAN, parents can also participate in specialized course work, such as the Strengthening Families Program - a seven-week class.

Mental Health Liaison (OPC) – this program provides mental health and substance abuse screenings for clients coming into juvenile services; make referrals for community support services, MAJORS, Intensive Home Care, Rapid Response placements and other needed services. This provides a link to judges, court counselors and the mental health provider network.

School Liaison (District Court Judges Office) – the school liaison’s goal is to strengthen ties with the school and juvenile court system by enhancing effective holistic support of high risk court involved youth. The school liaison is part of the students support team and assists with addressing youths at-risk factors.

Volunteers for Youth – Community Service/Restitution - Works with youth who have committed crimes in Orange County and are assigned community service hours. Young people are placed in nonprofit work sites throughout the county where volunteer supervisors oversee and evaluate their work. The program coordinators organize group events such as park clean up projects and arts & crafts projects that benefit the community. Through this program, youthful offenders learn important lessons in responsibility and accountability and often develop positive relationships with their adult supervisors. Young people are also taught valuable life and job skills while volunteering.

Volunteers for Youth - Teen Court - Accepts referrals of first-time offenders ages 11-17 who have admitted guilt to misdemeanor offenses such as assault, affray, underage possession/consumption of drugs, alcohol and/or drug paraphernalia, vandalism, disorderly conduct, larceny, and shoplifting. Teen Court will not accept cases involving sexual offenses, firearms, hate crimes, motor vehicle violations, and offenses that have resulted in serious injury. Cases are referred to Teen Court by law enforcement, school resource officers, judges and court counselors. Defendants who refuse to participate in Teen Court are directed back to the referring agency and may be subject to prosecution in traditional juvenile court. The program is voluntary and confidential. Trained student volunteers take on the roles of attorneys, clerks, bailiffs, and jurors. An adult judge presides over court proceedings. As in traditional court, student attorneys present the facts of the case to the court, and the peer jury is responsible for rendering a constructive sentence that is fair to the defendant and the community.

 

Adult Programming

Criminal Justice Partnership Program (CJPP)

To obtain a copy of the Policy Manual, please click here.

In conjunction with the passage of structured sentencing of 1994, the General Assembly also enacted the State-County Criminal Justice Partnership Act to establish community-based correction programs. By statute, the Department of Correction awards community corrections grants to counties that voluntarily apply for funding.

Under these sentencing laws, prison and jail are reserved for violent and repeat offenders, while less serious offenders are directed to less costly punishments in the community. The Partnership Act is designed to expand sentencing options by adding community-based sanctions for offenders receiving non-prison sentences. In essence, the Partnership Act provides financial assistance to individual counties or groups of counties in filling the gap between active prison sentences and community-based punishments.

Program Goals:

  • Reduce recidivism
  • Reduce the number of probation revocations
  • Reduce alcoholism and other drug dependencies among offenders
  • Reduce the cost of incarceration

 

CJPP Locally

Chairperson: Matt Sullivan,

Vice Chairperson: Marie Lamoureaux

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Meeting Schedule

The program is currently contracted to Freedom House (FH).

Freedom House provides a wide array of services to intermediate offenders that are eligible under this Criminal Justice Partnership Act. These programs include the following:

Residential Treatment

  • Halfway House (short-term Residential Care teaching Life Skills)
  • Substance Abuse Treatment (with Job Skills and Education component)

Non-Residential Treatment

  • Intensive Outpatient Treatment (4 time contacts minimum per week)
  • Latino community offender related services

Community-Based Services

  • Reintegration/Reentry (Post-Release Services)
  • Resource Center
  • Job Skills, Life Skills, Vocational Training, Educational Programs (GED)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Intervention (CBI)

 

Freedom House served a total of 119 for FY08-09, 123 for FY09-10, and110 for FY10-11

If you would like more information, please contact Yolanda Whitted at 919-245-2800.