Juvenile Community Corrections are the offices within the Division of Juvenile Corrections which provide intake, placement, case management and aftercare services for juvenile offenders who have been committed to the Department of Corrections.
At the time of commitment, a Juvenile Corrections Agent (JCA) is assigned to the juvenile who will generally work with the offender until his or her discharge from the Department of Corrections.
Working with the youth, and family, the Juvenile Corrections Agent collects extensive information from a variety of sources, and completes necessary assessment tools to assist in determining the level of care necessary to meet the needs of the youth and the safety interests of the public.
Through the standardized risk assessment system Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (YLS/CMI), the JCA is able to evaluate a juvenile’s risks, needs, and responsibility factors, and match services to the identified criminological needs. The factors considered in determining risk levels include prior and current offenses, family circumstances/parenting, education/employment, peer relations, substance abuse, leisure/recreation, personality/behavior, and attitudes/orientation. Risk factors along with any special needs assessments are used to determine the services to be provided during the commitment period.
While in placement, the Juvenile Corrections Agent works with the placement facility, youth and any family or future caregivers to provide necessary case management services and aftercare planning services. Once released to aftercare, the Juvenile Corrections Agent provides supervision and brokerage of community based services and will initiate aftercare revocation proceedings if needed.
The Director of Juvenile Community Corrections oversees all Juvenile Community Corrections operations which are divided into three regions: East, West and Southern. Each region has a regional Juvenile Corrections Agent Supervisor.