Juvenile Detention Services provides a temporary, secure, holding facility that ensures the safe custody of juveniles ages 8 to 18 who are accused of conduct subject to the jurisdiction of the Court and require a restricted environment for their own or the communitys protection while pending legal action. Juvenile Detention provides a wide range of services which support the juveniles physical, emotional and social development. This Division is the largest within the Department of Juvenile Justice Services (DJJS), and has a maximum bed capacity for one hundred ninety two (192) youth.
Programs offered by Detention Staff include: Self-Esteem, Drug Awareness, Guidelines to Positive Behavior, Health and Hygiene, Gang Intervention, Life Skills Training, Conflict Resolution, Current Events, Arts and Crafts, Yoga and Cultural Awareness.
The Clark County School District provides educational services that include the standard core subjects, as well as Physical Education, Special Education and Adult Education. A school counselor and second language services are provided within the Detention School program.
Detention Reform In 1992, the Annie E. Casey Foundation established the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI). The Department of Juvenile Justices Services has been selected as one of the implementation sites for this initiative. The objectives of JDAI are to reduce the number of children unnecessarily or inappropriately detained; to minimize the number of youth who fail to appear in court or re-offend pending adjudication; to redirect public funds toward successful reform strategies; and to improve conditions of confinement.
Medical Services The Medical Unit of the DJJS Juvenile Detention Center provides medical services that begin at the time of booking. Licensed certified nurses conduct intake screenings and administer prescribed medications, as necessary. Physicians contracted to serve our youth clear all medications in advance. Nurses assess and treat medical problems of the youth as they arise. Nurses conduct daily rounds and make referrals to our Medical Doctor or Psychiatrist, as needed. The Medical Doctor provides weekly clinics and a Psychiatrist dedicates 10 hours per week to the Detention Center. The nursing staff works closely with the unit staff and mental health staff to communicate any special needs or concerns regarding the youth in custody.
Mental Health Treatment Team The Mental Health Treatment Team carries out the mission of the Department of Juvenile Justice Services by providing best practice assessment and treatment of referred youth. The Team consists of the Assistant Manager, five licensed Clinicians, and a part-time contracted board certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. The Team works primarily with youth in Detention and Spring Mountain Youth Camp.
The Detention Review and Release Program (DRRP) utilizes Home Management and Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) services to help control the Juvenile Detention Center's population through a community re-entry program. Youth who are released to the community under Home Management and/or GPS Monitoring are released under a contractual agreement that holds the offenders accountable for abiding by the conditions stipulated in the behavioral contract which restricts activities beyond school, work, medical and/or religious reasons to ensure public safety. Department Probation Officers, conduct numerous unannounced home, school, employment and community visits seven days a week during day and late evening hours to ensure compliance. Juveniles violating either the Home Management and/or the GPS Monitoring contract rules face a series of graduated sanctions, including re-incarceration.
Creating a Successful Environment (CASE) The CASE Program was developed in order to provide a safe and secure environment, enhance positive life skills, and gain the cooperation and compliance of the youth while in Detention. The Program encourages positive interaction with staff and peers. The Program goal is “Prevention and Resolution” of problem behavior.
The first step in achieving cooperative behavior is to ensure that rules and expectations are known, understood, and followed. This process begins during orientation and is reinforced daily. An important component of the CASE Program is to provide a mechanism to recognize the youth for their positive behavior while in Detention. The Levels Program is the vehicle in which the youth receive positive reinforcement for pro-social behavior. Youth may earn a higher level by completing the standard requirements for progression.
Detention Information and Visitation Policy
Juvenile Justice Bill of Rights - NRS 62B.510
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