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JUVENILE ASSESSMENT CENTER

JUVENILE ASSESSMENT CENTER

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JUVENILE ASSESSMENT CENTER

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  1. JUVENILE ASSESSMENT CENTER Scott Bradstreet Deputy Chief of Operations FY 07-08 Budget WorksessionJuly 18, 2007

  2. Overview • History • Background • Issues • Challenges • Options • Recommendation

  3. Overview • History • Background • Issues • Challenges • Options • Recommendation

  4. History • Prior to 1993 juveniles arrested for only relatively serious offenses • Those booked came to Central Booking, which caused many operational problems • Frequently released by law enforcement to their parents

  5. History • JAC established in 1993 • Multifaceted purpose to establish: • Juvenile Booking Center • Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Screening Center • Juvenile Addictions Receiving Facility (ARF) • Truancy Center

  6. History Original Governing Board established as a partnership among 11 organizations: • Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) • Orange County Mayor • Orange County Corrections Department (OCCD) • Superintendent of Orange County Public Schools • Orange County Sheriff • Orlando Police Chief • Ninth Circuit Court Judiciary • Office of the State Attorney • Office of the Public Defender • Office of the Clerk of the Court • District Administrator of Dept. Children & Families

  7. Overview • History • Background • Issues • Challenges • Options • Recommendation

  8. Background Orange County responsibilities: • Booking • Security pending release/detention • Provide rent-free building • Maintenance of the building

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  11. Background Department of Juvenile Justice responsibilities: • Overall management of JAC, contracted to Human Service Associates • Juvenile Assessment screening, including: • physical and mental health, • dependency, and • other issues required by FSS 985.13 (4) • Screening for release/detention, contracted by DJJ

  12. Background DJJ Probation and Community Corrections Handbook requires release or detention within 6 hours of booking, however: • 70% (6,620 of 9,747) of juveniles exceeded 6 hours in FY 2006 • Over 100 stayed over 36 hours • Facility designed as temporary holding, not housing

  13. Overview • History • Background • Issues • Challenges • Options • Recommendation

  14. Issues • Inadequate medical care • Inappropriate for detention • Inadequate separation of offenders • Staffing and budget • Legal custody of juveniles • Martin Lee Anderson Act

  15. Issues Medical • 13 calls to 911 for medical emergencies in FY 2006 • DJJ does not provide medical services in booking area • ARF nurses will not respond, except in an emergency

  16. IssuesSleeping Spaces • No beds in booking area • No area to separate sleeping from other activities • Juveniles frequently sleeping in chairs for hours

  17. IssuesInadequate Separation of Offenders • Juveniles arrested together may require separation • No gang member separation • Potential victims and predators • Separation by gender less than ideal • Mentally ill juveniles may require separation

  18. IssuesStaffing • Current funded staffing • 15 Correctional Officers • 3 Supervisors • Supplemental officer coverage also requires use of overtime • Supervisory coverage requires 2 additional staff on overtime

  19. IssuesBudget • Current budget $1.3 million • Estimated expenditures for FY07, including staff, overtime and meals is $1.75 million annually • $8.5 million to DJJ annually for detention of pre-adjudicated juveniles

  20. IssuesLegal Custody • FSS 985.25 (1) states DJJ shall receive custody of a child who has been taken into custody from the LEO • DJJ’s position is that custody does not begin until the screening is complete

  21. IssuesMartin Lee Anderson Act • Created Protective Action Response (PAR) as a Use of Force Program • Designed for detention, commitment and delinquency programs • Act is unclear regarding application to JAC • Seriously restricts response to violence or self-injurious behavior

  22. Overview • History • Background • Issues • Challenges • Options • Recommendation

  23. Challenges • Should Orange County remain in the JAC partnership? • Should OCCD continue to provide booking and security, or should this be privatized? • No requirement for counties to operate a JAC • Only 16 other JAC’s exist in Florida • Various models for operation exist around the state

  24. Overview • History • Background • Issues • Challenges • Options • Recommendation

  25. Options • Discussed options for continued operation of the JAC with stakeholders • Full withdrawal from JAC may jeopardize the future of the JAC • Removing COs, but providing funding to replace them is a responsible solution

  26. Overview • History • Background • Issues • Challenges • Options • Recommendation

  27. Recommendation • Return Correctional Officers to adult jail duties • Provide up to $1.4 million for DJJ to retain security at the JAC • DJJ has agreed to this option

  28. JUVENILE ASSESSMENT CENTER Scott Bradstreet Deputy Chief of Operations FY 07-08 Budget WorksessionJuly 18, 2007