DPS Dispatch

Children who are housed temporarily in North Carolina’s juvenile detention centers find they are provided the opportunity to experience growth in many ways: from social, to educational, to emotional. A newly developed program at the Cumberland Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Fayetteville allows them to nurture growth (of donated plants) while exploring their artistic creativity.

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One teacher at Cabarrus Juvenile Detention Center in Concord has developed a unique way to work with the juveniles who pass through the center’s doors during their encounters with North Carolina’s juvenile justice system. To foster his students’ growth and development, Steven Hailey offers them the opportunity to nurture distressed plants he has procured at discount from a local home improvement store.

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Out of 72 Juvenile Justice Section instructors, three were recognized as instructors of the year in the categories overall achievement, Court Services and Facility Operations on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at a ceremony in Raleigh. “All three instructors have worked so hard to equip Juvenile Justice staff with the training needed to effectively complete their duties,” said Kimberly Quintus, director of juvenile justice policy, training and strategic planning.

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“Treatment” is one of the key aspects of the juvenile justice system. Though youth development centers are the most restrictive, intensive dispositional option available to North Carolina’s juvenile courts, YDCs by definition are secure facilities aimed at providing education and treatment services to prepare committed youth to successfully transition to a community setting. Rehabilitative services in a youth development center are offered within a programming approach called the Model of Care.

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