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Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice
The Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice is responsible for the care, custody and supervision of all adults and juveniles sentenced after conviction for violations of North Carolina law.
For adults, sentences range from probation served in the community to active prison sentences served in one of the state's prison facilities. After prison, there is a period of post-release supervison for offenders to help them transition more successfully back to the community. For those who commit technical violations of probation there is Confinement in Response to Violation (CRV).
For juveniles, the focus is on strengthening families, promoting delinquency prevention, supporting core social institutions, intervening immediately and effectively when delinquent behavior occurs, and identifying and controlling the small group of serious, violent, and chronic juvenile offenders in the local communities.
Juvenile dispositions can include supervision by a juvenile court counselor in the community, short-term commitment at a residential facility or longer-term commitment in a youth development center for serious and/or violent or chronic offenders. Delinquent, non-adjudicated and at-risk juveniles may all receive services from programs in their communities.
North Carolina's general statutes direct the division to provide adequate custodial care, educational opportunities and medical and psychological treatment services to all incarcerated persons while at the same time providing community-based supervision and some needed social services to clients on probation, parole or post-release supervision.
Current initiatives in Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice
North Carolina's Justice Reinvestment Act represents the most significant change to the state's criminal sentencing laws since the Structured Sentencing Act was implemented in 1994. It is a data-driven bipartisan approach to criminal justice policy designed to increase public safety, reduce corrections costs and develop better outcomes for offenders. North Carolina has shown remarkable progress since the legislation was signed in 2011. Among the accomplishments:
- The prison population has declined by more than 3,000 inmates
- Ten state prisons have closed
- Probation revocations are down dramatically
- All felons released from prison are receiving 9 or 12 months of supervision
- Hired 175 new probation officers to improve community supervision
Confinement in Response to Violation (CRV) Centers
Confinement in Response to Violation (CRV) centers house and provide intensive behavior modification programs for those who have committed technical violations of probation. CRV centers incarcerate violators for 90-day periods in response to violations of probation, parole or post-release supervision as provided in the Justice Reinvestment Act. DPS re-missioned two closed prisons as CRV centers in December 2014, one in Burke County and one in Robeson County. Additional centers may be opened in the future as needed.
Juvenile Justice Strategic Plan
The Juvenile Justice Strategic Plan was approved by legislators in spring 2014, and then adopted by the General Assembly as part of the state budget. This strategic vision for juvenile justice in North Carolina outlines how the state can best use its resources to continue to provide excellent services to the youth and families involved in the juvenile justice system. The strategic goals of this plan include:
- Phasing out outdated/unsafe/underutilized facilities
- Renovating/expanding facilities that are safer, more secure and more cost-efficient
- Enhancing support operations, such as transportation
- Continuing to provide treatment and education rooted in a cognitive-behavioral approach, targeting criminogenic needs
- Reinvesting cost savings into community-based programming
- Planning and preparing for potential future changes to the juvenile justice system.
Samarcand Training Academy
There has been a long-standing need for a residential training academy to train new correctional officers and probation officers in a timely manner once they are hired. For years, the state's corrections agency has relied on the NC Justice Academy locations in Salemburg and Edneyville and on its own Office of Staff Development and Training in Apex and at regional training sites. There is no overnight housing available at the Apex facility, and training programs of the NC Department of Justice take priority for scheduling at the Justice Academy facilities. DPS is currently converting the former Samarcand Youth Development Center campus in Moore County into a residential training academy for adult corrections and juvenile justice staff. Initial classes are tentatively set to begin there in July of 2015 and residential housing for trainees is projected to open in January of 2016.
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