Youth Development Centers

Overview

Overview

The Juvenile Justice section currently operates four youth development centers statewide. YDCs provide mentoring, education and therapeutic treatment to prepare youth for a fresh start when they re-enter their communities.

Youths who are adjudicated for offenses that occurred prior to their 16th birthday may be committed to the Juvenile Justice section and assigned to a youth development center, which is the most restrictive, intensive dispositional option available to North Carolina's juvenile courts. A commitment is typically for an indefinite period of at least six months and may continue until the youth's 18th birthday. The commitment period may be extended until the youth's 19th or 21st birthday if the youth was committed for a particular violent offense. A youth must be at least 10 years old to be committed.

Upon commitment to a youth development center, a juvenile undergoes a comprehensive screening and assessment of developmental, educational, medical, neurocognitive, mental health, psychosocial and relationship strengths and needs. Results from these assessments, in combination with other relevant current and historical data, are used by Juvenile Justice staff, parents/caregivers and community providers/stakeholders to develop an individualized service plan that outlines commitment services, including plans for education, mental health services, medical services and treatment programming as indicated. Assessments also provide a framework for the development of post-release supervision services.

Upon arrival at a youth development center, juveniles are assigned to a service planning team that operates under a child and family-centered model. Each service planning team develops an individualized plan to meet each child's service needs within a month of the juvenile's arrival. The team meets at least monthly thereafter to monitor progress on service plan goals and to make adjustments in the plan when needed. The service planning team consists at a minimum of the juvenile, his or her parent(s) or guardian, a court counselor from the youth's home district, a social worker who facilitates team meetings, a licensed mental health clinician and a school representative. Other YDC staff and community stakeholders (e.g., chaplains, substance abuse counselors, direct-care staff) may also be members of a juvenile's service planning team.

Core programming rooted in a Risk-Need-Responsivity model is offered at each of the state's youth development centers. Core programming is informed by the research literature addressing “what works” with confined juvenile offenders, is rooted in a cognitive-behavioral treatment approach, and encompasses a motivation system as well as focused interventions targeting common criminogenic needs.

The Juvenile Justice section operates as a local education agency, providing education services by teachers licensed by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. The majority of youth in youth development centers are enrolled in standard public school courses. Youth aged 16 and older may enroll in General Education Development study, post-secondary vocational courses or online college courses in cooperation with local community colleges. Required special education services are provided for youth throughout the system.

Each juvenile is assigned to a licensed mental health clinician (LMHC) who develops an individualized mental health treatment plan addressing needs identified during a comprehensive psychological assessment. In most cases, youths receive either group or individual psychotherapy with their LMHC on a weekly basis. Psychiatric services are also available. Where indicated, some youth may participate in substance abuse education and treatment services.

The Juvenile Justice section provides developmentally appropriate health services for youths in youth development centers and detention centers. Licensed medical staff provide screening, assessment and examination of youth and interventions as indicated.

Chatham

Chatham

Chatham Youth Development Center
Central Carolina Business Park
560 Progress Blvd.
Siler City, N.C. 27344
Phone: 919-742-6220
Fax: 919-742-6291
Director: Charles Dingle

Chatham Youth Development Center, located in Siler City, was opened in 2008. A self-contained secure complex, it is the one youth development center that serves females. One of the four 8-bed units currently houses males. The center has a bed capacity of 32.

Lenoir

Lenoir

Lenoir Youth Development Center
3055 Dobbs Farm Road
Kinston, N. C. 28504
Phone:  252-208-4920
Fax:  252-523-2583
Director:  Tangi Jordan

Lenoir Youth Development Center, located near Kinston, reopened in May 2017 following modifications to increase its housing capabilities to serve 44 youths total in four housing units. Originally built in 2008, the YDC is a self-contained secure complex that serves males.

Edgecombe

Edgecombe

Edgecombe Youth Development Center
78 Positive Way
Rocky Mount, NC 27801
Phone: 252-544-5730
Director: vacant

Edgecombe Youth Development Center was reopened in April 2016 following modifications to increase its housing capabilities to serve 44 youths total in four housing units. Originally built in 2008, the YDC is a self-contained secure complex that serves males.

Stonewall Jackson

Stonewall Jackson

Stonewall Jackson Youth Development Center
850 Holshouser Road
Concord, N.C. 28027
Phone: 704-652-4300
Fax: 704-788-9417
Director:  Peter Brown

Originally built in 1909, Stonewall Jackson was North Carolina's first youth development center. It is comprised of 60 structures on about 100 acres of land, but only 23 structures are currently in use, many for storage. Fifty of the buildings are listed on the National Register of Historical Places. Many of the buildings are condemned. A 15-foot tall fence surrounds the 55 acres of the campus that are currently in use.

The Cabarrus Complex was opened in 2008 as part of the Stonewall Jackson campus. It was one of four centers built to replace aging youth development centers in the state. In combination with the McWhorter Building, opened in 2016, Stonewall Jackson has a capacity of 128 youths. Stonewall Jackson serves males.

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety does not allow the general public to visit, view or access any building or area encompassing the grounds of the Stonewall Jackson Youth Development Center. Many buildings have been designated on the National Register of Historic Places. As such, they are not in use, do not have life-preserving features that meet current building safety requirements, and are not safe for access. Harmful materials, e.g., asbestos, are present and are not mitigated. Those found in violation of this prohibited access policy will be considered trespassing. Law enforcement will be called and trespassers will be removed and charged under the appropriate citation.