Quick Facts ...

... about the Division of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention:
  • 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 39,341 complaints on 15,353 juveniles during calendar year 2023.
  • Facilitated 24,425 youth served in community programs during fiscal year 2022-2023 in the following program types:
    • JCPC Funds – 22,939
    • Community Based Contractual Services– 358
    • Intensive Intervention Services – 354
    • Residential Contractual Services– 774
  • Provided court-ordered supervision to 6,919 distinct juveniles in CY 2023 who ranged in age from 10 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 5,240 distinct juveniles in CY 2023 on diversion plans/contracts that last no longer than six months.
  • In calendar year 2023, DJJDP had approximately 1,742 youth-serving professional positions. Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission-certified positions (transportation drivers and those who provide direct care) make up 78% of staff. Eighty-six percent of Court Services staff; 81% of Facility Services staff, including education, health care and clinical team members; and 86% of Transportation Services staff are in these certified positions. 
    •  In December 2023, DJJDP had an overall staff vacancy rate of 31%. The vacancy rate in Court Services was 29% and the vacancy rate in Facility Operations, including Transportation Services, was 36%.
    • In CY 2023, 115 juvenile facilities’ staff voluntarily separated from their positions. Of those who separated their length of service was as follows: 25% had 10 years or less, 38% had 5 years or less and 37%  had 1 year or less.
    • 31% of DJJDP positions are vacant, primarily in the areas of case management and direct supervision of juveniles in confinement. 283 (55%) of the 510 vacancies are JJDP facilities’ positions. 209 (41%) of the vacancies are in court services, which provides juvenile case management services.
  • Operates juvenile court offices in 30 Court Services districts.
  • Operates four youth development centers that had an average daily population of 160 juveniles during 2023, with a bed capacity of 172 (throughout the year, the bed capacity fluctuated between 154 and 204). 
  • Has reduced the number of youth committed to its youth development centers since the passage of the Juvenile Reform Act in 1998 by 87% percent (from 1,360 in 1998 to 177 in 2023).
  • In 2023 operated ten juvenile detention centers and contracted with five county-operated detention centers (Brunswick, Durham, Foothills, Guilford, and Madison).  Foothills no longer operates as a juvenile detention center. 
  • Had a state appropriation of $217,636,384 in fiscal year 2022-2023.