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Quick Facts ...

... about the Juvenile Justice Section of the Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice
  • Provides services and programs in each of North Carolina’s 100 counties and emphasizes the importance of community leadership with Juvenile Crime Prevention Councils (JCPCs).

  • Received 28,165 complaints on 12,447 juveniles during calendar year 2017.
  • Facilitated approximately 22,837 admissions to community programs during fiscal year 2016-2017 in the following program types:
    • JCPC Funds – 21,238
    • Community Based Contractual Services– 597
    • JCPC Alternatives to Commitment Programs – 111
    • Residential Contractual Services– 674
    • JCPC Level II Dispositional Alternatives – 217
  • Provided court-ordered supervision to 8,012 distinct juveniles in CY 2017 who ranged in age from 8 years old to 22 year old (types of court-ordered supervision include probation, protective supervision, commitment, post-release supervision, continuation services, interstate compact, and other supervision) and supervised 6,289 distinct juveniles in CY 2017 on diversion plans/contracts that last no longer than six months.
  • Has approximately 1,287 youth-serving professional positions (May 2018), but averages a 12% percent overall vacancy rate, which means that on any given day about 1,133 employees work for the Section. Criminal Justice Education and Standards Training Commission-certified positions (transportation drivers and those who provide direct care) make up 80% of staff and have a total vacancy rate of 13 percent. Of this 80 percent, 35 percent are in Court Services and have a vacancy rate of .08 percent. 45 percent are in Facility Operations and have a vacancy rate of 17 percent.
  • Operates juvenile court offices in 30 juvenile Court Services districts.
  • Operates four youth development centers that had an average daily population of 204 juveniles during FY 2016-2017, with a current (2018) bed capacity of 248.
  • Has reduced the number of youth committed to its youth development centers since the passage of the Juvenile Reform Act in 1998 by 86 percent (from 1,360 in 1998 to 187 in 2017).
  • Operates (in 2017) six juvenile detention centers with a bed capacity of 132 and uses two county-operated detention centers with a bed capacity of 58.
  • Had a state appropriation of $134,659,063 million in fiscal year 2016-2017 that represents a 9 percent ($12 million) decrease in appropriations from fiscal year 2000 - 2001 when the state appropriated $147.2 million for juvenile justice.