Juvenile Justice Day Services promote public safety and reduce the need for out-of-home placements by allowing youth to reside in their communities while they address problems and develop the attitudes and skills needed to make responsible choices, avoid negative behaviors, and become productive, connected, and law-abiding members of their communities.
Examples: When youth participate in activities away from the program site, it may be advisable to have higher ratios of personnel to youth than are necessary for daily activities at the program site.
To promote the safety and security of youth, the facility, and the community, the organization:
regulates entry into and exit from the facility;
monitors youths’ attendance; and
follows up when youth are unexpectedly absent.
When it is necessary to search youth or their property, trained personnel do so according to procedures that:
define when there is reasonable cause to conduct a search;
minimize the invasiveness of the search;
respect youths’ dignity; and
establish a process and timetable for administrative review.
Organizations should conduct more invasive searches only when there is reason to do so, and should demonstrate that these searches are: (1) conducted by qualified staff, and (2) accompanied by an increased level of administrative review.
Organization policy prohibits personnel, youth, and visitors from bringing weapons into the facility.
If organizational policy allows armed law enforcement officers to enter the organization’s facilities, the organization should explain: (1) under what circumstances this practice is permitted, and (2) how safety is ensured while the armed officers are on site.
When youth have opportunities to participate in activities away from the program site, the organization:
defines when youth are eligible for the opportunity; and
evaluates youth for eligibility and appropriateness.
The organization appropriately and consistently documents, reviews, and reports incidents of youth noncompliance in accordance with any requirements specified by the court or public agency with jurisdiction over youth.