Quick Facts ...

... about the Division of 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 30,185 complaints on 10,800 juveniles during calendar year 2020.
  • Facilitated approximately 19,389 admissions to community programs during fiscal year 2019-2020 in the following program types:
    • JCPC Funds – 17,997
    • Community Based Contractual Services– 415
    • JCPC Alternatives to Commitment Programs – 116
    • Residential Contractual Services– 687
    • JCPC Level II Dispositional Alternatives – 174
  • Provided court-ordered supervision to 6,179 distinct juveniles in CY 2020 who ranged in age from 8 years old to 26 years old (types of court-ordered supervision include probation, protective supervision, commitment, post-release supervision, continuation services, interstate compact, and other supervision) and supervised 4,648 distinct juveniles in CY 2020 on diversion plans/contracts that last no longer than six months.
  • In calendar year 2020, Juvenile Justice had approximately 1,551 youth-serving professional positions. Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission-certified positions (transportation drivers and those who provide direct care) make up 80% of staff. Eighty-six percent of Court Services staff; 79% of Facility Services staff, including education, health care and clinical team members; and 77% of Transportation Services staff are in these certified positions. In December 2020, Juvenile Justice had an overall vacancy rate of 16%. The vacancy rate in Court Services was 12% and the vacancy rate in Facility Operations, including Transportation Services, was 19%.
  • Operates juvenile court offices in 30 juvenile Court Services districts.
  • Operates four youth development centers that had an average daily population of 151 juveniles during 2020, with a current bed capacity of 248. In February 2022, Rockingham Youth Development Center is scheduled to open.
  • Has reduced the number of youth committed to its youth development centers since the passage of the Juvenile Reform Act in 1998 by 89.6% percent (from 1,360 in 1998 to 142 in 2020).
  • Operates in 2020 seven juvenile detention centers and currently contracts with five county-operated detention centers (Brunswick, Durham, Guilford, Madison and Mecklenburg). 
  • Had a state appropriation of $173,872,182 in fiscal year 2019-2020.