Jackson County Juvenile Services operates a 15 bed residential program, serving adjudicated male youth, ages 12-18 years of age, which is authorized to provide Rehabilitation Services (RS). The program serves youth that have behavioral problems which cannot be adequately assessed while at home, and close and objective observation of the youths day-to-day behavior is needed in order to evaluate the reasons for the behavior and to determine the level of the youth’s need for services, to develop and implement an individual case plan, and to provide rehabilitative services in order to further stabilize the behavior for successful transition back into the community.
The residential program consisting of one living pod and consists of a mixture of single and shared bedrooms, a general living area, classroom, an eating area, bathrooms/showers, kitchenette/laundry, and a counseling room. In addition to the space in the pod, there is an indoor gym and outdoor recreation area for large muscle activities. The design of the facility maximized opportunities for increased staff / youth interaction and the implementation of a direct supervision model.
The design of this facility provides opportunities to implement approaches to dealing with issues that contribute to the criminal thinking and behavior of youth. By addressing these issues, offenders have a greater chance of becoming positive, contributing community members.
The residential program at Jackson County Community Justice Juvenile Division is called Barriers 2 Bridges, which is grounded in the Restorative Justice philosophy.