Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice

DPS logoThe Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice is responsible for the care, custody and supervision of all adults sentenced after conviction for violations of North Carolina law. The Division is also responsible for the care, custody, supervision (including diversion, programming, intake, and recommendations to court) for all juveniles for whom a complaint is received, as well as the provision of community and contractual programming for youth involved in the Juvenile Justice system and youth at risk of court involvement. 

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 to help offenders 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 programming and services, providing supportive services and referrals, intervening immediately and effectively when delinquent behavior occurs, providing pre-trial detainment as ordered by the court, and providing rehabilitative services to the small group of serious, violent, and chronic juvenile offenders housed in youth development centers.

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.