Alaska Division of Juvenile Justice DJJ’s Mission Hold juvenile offenders accountable for their behavior. Promote the safety and restoration of victims and communities. Assist offenders and their families in developing skills to prevent crime.
Restorative Justice and DJJ’s Mission Hold Juveniles accountable for their behavior. Promote the safety and restoration of victims and communities. Assist offenders and their families in developing skills to prevent crime. RestorativeJustice The Balancing Act of Restorative Justice Priorities
Restorative Justice The questions behind balancing the different priorities: What harm was done? What can be done to repair the harm? Who is responsible to repair the harm? The responsibility is shared by DJJ, the youth, the youth’s family, the victim, and the community. RestorativeJustice
Juvenile Justice vs. the Adult System Juvenile Justice does not use determinant sentencing or assign fines based on a specific offense, unlike the adult criminal system. Consequences for juveniles are individually assigned based in part on: Age The nature of the offense Referral history Response to prior DJJ intervention Intake Interview (at the diversion level) Demonstrated need for services
Least Restrictive Response DJJ looks for the least restrictive response that meets our mission and the goals of Restorative Justice. o Detention o Diversion Alternatives o Court Intervention o Treatment o Disposition Recommendations o Placement
Graduated Responses An incremental response to the minor’s criminal referrals and behavior, good or bad. o More restrictive consequences in response to new criminal referrals and behavioral issues. o Incentives to assist a juvenile in meeting her or her goals.
Results-Based Accountability Goals DJJ is focused on improving success in five areas: 1. Improve the overall success of DJJ involved youth and decrease overall recidivism 2. Improve outcomes for Alaska Native youth 3. Increase educational and employment success in DJJ youth 4. Improve outcomes for DJJ youth with behavioral health issues 5. Reduce the risk of substance abuse for DJJ youth
Division of Juvenile Justice Core Services Treatment Detention Probation
Three Components of DJJ Juvenile Probation – 16 Probation Offices receive police referrals and supervises youth on probation (intake and supervision) Youth Facilities – There are 8 Detention Facilities and 4 Treatment facilities throughout Alaska. State Office – Manages grants, provides training and programming.
Palmer Fairbanks Kenai McLaughlin Nome Bethel Ketchikan Juneau
Juvenile Probation Anchorage Juvenile Probation Unit D
Probation Outreach Probation Intake Investigation Court Services Case Management Supervision Community Outreach Intake Investigation Screening Interview Referral for services Victim impact Diversion, Adjustment Formal Response Court Services Delinquency Petition Court Reports and Appearances Department of Law collaboration Victim Services Case Management Risk and Needs Assessment Treatment Planning Referral for services Placement Transitional services Supervision Assessments Juvenile Community Supervision Connect Juveniles to services Interstate compact Community Outreach School involvement Prevention services Community Presentations and Education
Informal Adjustment Many youth, if not the majority of youth that are referred to DJJ are not taken to court. DJJ attempts to resolve the issue with the youth, parent and victim without involving the court. This can include paying for damages, writing letters of apology, being referred to services, such as substance abuse, counseling, community programs, etc. We are often looking for community programs where we can refer youth.
Community Referrals Youth Court Tribal Programs Victim / Offender Mediation Mental Health Services Substance Abuse Services Girls Circle Aggression Replacement Training Vocational Training Community Work Service Community Detention Step-Up (with ASD) Parenting with Love and Limits [PLL] Transition to Independence Program [TIP] Alaska Military Youth Academy Other community programs.
Detention and Treatment Services Treatment Detention Probation
DJJ Detention and Treatment Facilities Provides confinement and rehabilitation of juvenile offenders as determined by the court. Detention Units: Designed for short-term secure units for youth awaiting court hearings. Treatment Units: Designed for youth who have been ordered by the courts into long-term secure treatment due to the serious and/or chronic nature of their offenses.
Detention Education Detention Services Crisis Stabilization Operations Skill Development Operations Crisis Stabilization Health Assessment & Services Mental Health and Suicide screenings Behavioral Health Intervention Safety & Security Detention Services Admissions Court Family Involvement Education Maintain educational progress Math & Reading Skills Skill Development Life Skills Development Social Skills Development Substance Abuse Education Victim Impact Classes Detention
Treatment Operations Treatment Services Education Skill Development Transitional Services Operations Treatment Services Assessment Cultural Clinical Crisis intervention Strengthening Families Case Management Visitation Education High School diploma GED Math & Reading Skills Skill Development Aggression Replacement Training Vocational training Cultural competency Substance Abuse Treatment Victim Impact Classes) Transitional Services Case Planning Community Supervision Reassessment Referral services Treatment
Demographics, Numbers and Statistics for FY 2013 McLaughlin Youth Center Boys Detention Anchorage, AK