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 35,894 complaints on 14,804 juveniles during calendar year 2022.

  • Facilitated 21,867 youth served in community programs during fiscal year 2021-2022 in the following program types:

    • JCPC Funds – 20,482

    • Community Based Contractual Services– 274

    • Intensive Intervention Services – 397

    • Residential Contractual Services– 714

  • Provided court-ordered supervision to 6,549 distinct juveniles in CY 2022 who ranged in age from 8 years old to 23 years old (types of court-ordered supervision include probation, protective supervision, commitment, post-release supervision, continuation services, interstate compact, and other supervision) and supervised 6,188 distinct juveniles in CY 2022 on diversion plans/contracts that last no longer than six months.
  • In calendar year 2022, DJJDP had approximately 1,555 youth-serving professional positions. Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission-certified positions (transportation drivers and those who provide direct care) make up 79% of staff. Eighty-six percent of Court Services staff; 80% of Facility Services staff, including education, health care and clinical team members; and 78% of Transportation Services staff are in these certified positions. In December 2021, DJJDP had an overall staff vacancy rate of 18%. The vacancy rate in Court Services was 15% and the vacancy rate in Facility Operations, including Transportation Services, was 22%. 

    • Between June 2021 and May 2022, 125 out of 579 juvenile facilities’ staff voluntarily separated from their positions, the majority of whom made less than $39,000 and had less than five years of service with the state.

    • 22.5% of DJJDP positions are vacant (349 of 1554), primarily in the areas of case management and direct supervision of juveniles in confinement. 185 (53%) of the 349 vacancies are JJDP facilities’ positions. 156 (45%) 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 155 juveniles during 2022, with a bed capacity of 186. 

  • Has reduced the number of youth committed to its youth development centers since the passage of the Juvenile Reform Act in 1998 by 88.7% percent (from 1,360 in 1998 to 154 in 2022).

  • In 2022 operates nine juvenile detention centers and currently contracts with five county-operated detention centers (Brunswick, Durham, Foothills, Guilford, and Madison). 

  • Had a state appropriation of $168,300,957 in fiscal year 2021-2022.