The Division of Juvenile Justice Services Essay

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Introduction The Division of Juvenile Justice Services is a statewide agency that serves at-risk youth in the State of Utah. The vision and mission of the Division of Juvenile Justice Services to provide youth the best opportunity to realize their potential and improve their competence allowing them to be law-abiding and productive citizens. The Division of Juvenile Justice Services provides comprehensive services for at-risk youth within the framework of the Balanced and Restorative Justice Model. The Balanced and Restorative Justice Model is a philosophy of correctional care that emphasizes three equally important principles including accountability, competency development, and community protection. Accountability is when a …show more content…
Receiving staffs are responsible for locating parents, assessing immediate needs and directing youth and their family to appropriate resources.
The 10-year period from Fiscal Year 1999 to fiscal year 2008 saw a variety of changes in community programs. The average count of youths receiving community services each day rose sharply between Fiscal Year 1999 and fiscal year 2000 then trended downward through fiscal year 2008. During this same 10-year period, Utah’s population of 10-17 year olds rose by over 5%. Average age of youths admitted to community programs grew slowly from 16.4 in Fiscal Year 1999 to 16.7 in fiscal year 2004. The number has been either 16.7 or 16.8 in each of the years after fiscal year 2004.
The proportion of girls admitted to community programs was 15% - 16% in the first 5
Years of the 10-year period, before jumping to a 10-year high of 20% in fiscal year 2005. Girls accounted for 18% of admissions in fiscal year 2006, 19% in fiscal year 2007 and 16% in fiscal year 2008.
The proportion of ethnic youths admitted to community programs grew from 30%
In Fiscal Year 1999 to 40% in fiscal year 2006. The proportion of ethnic youths held at about 40% for both fiscal year 2007 and fiscal year 2008. During fiscal year 2008, the cost of community programs represented about 30% of the Division's overall budget. Expenditures for community programs grew

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