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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Some say that a dog is a man’s best friend. Well, in this case, SAYLOR, a three-year-old yellow lab, aims to become the best friend for children in the New Hanover Juvenile Detention Center. An affectionate, expressive SAYLOR joined the center June 9 and has been making friends ever since. She is the first facility dog placed at a detention center by the paws4people foundation, a nonprofit organization that places assistance dogs with individuals and facilities with the purpose of helping people.

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A teacher is someone that not only teaches her students but inspires, transforms, prepares and encourages them to do more, be more. That’s why Janet Dalton, math teacher at Stonewall Jackson Youth Development Center, was inspired to enter the profession. She had a third grade teacher who made everyone in her class work together as a team and contribute accordingly. It’s what she hopes to pass along to her students, and why she was named this year’s Juvenile Justice Teacher of the Year.

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This June, 16 students from Bertie County Schools graduated from high school, and embarked on  the next leg of a journey that began 18 months ago when they applied to be a part of the inaugural Public Safety Cadet program – an innovative program that aims to help more young residents of Bertie County become employed in the criminal justice field. These students actually graduated twice: they also received a certificate for Corrections Specialist I and II from Roanoke-Chowan Community College.

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“The meals on the bus go ‘round and ‘round, ‘round and ‘round, ‘round and ‘round…”  It’s not a typo – yes, I said meals.  That’s because through a partnership between Henderson County Public Schools and Correction Enterprises a typical school bus has been transformed into a vehicle that will deliver meals and books to low-income children across Henderson County all summer.  During the 39-day program, the refurbished bus will make daily visits to six rural locations beginning June 19 and serve more than 6,000 lunches by Aug. 11. 

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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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Illness, family vacation and emergencies may keep children out of school from time to time, and are a common occurrence in North Carolina classrooms. Excessive, repeated and unexcused school absences – known as truancy – negatively affect a child’s ability to learn, grow and eventually graduate, which may lead to unemployment and other negative outcomes as an adult.

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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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