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NCJ Number: 203475 Find in a Library
Title: Analysis of Juvenile Justice Process and Treatment Providers in the Eighth Judicial District
Corporate Author: New Mexico Criminal and Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council
United States of America
Date Published: November 2002
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: New Mexico Criminal and Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Sale Source: New Mexico Criminal and Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council
2808 Central Avenue, SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Case Study
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study analyzed how existing juvenile treatment needs are determined and met in the Eighth Judicial District of New Mexico, which includes Taos, Colfax, and Union Counties.
Abstract: Data for the report were compiled through interviews with juvenile judges and representatives from the district attorney’s office, the public defender’s office, the Juvenile Probation/Parole office, local detention facilities, and treatment service providers. The report outlines judicial philosophy in these counties, observations about referrals, juvenile justice assessments, mental health treatment options, sex offender treatment options, crisis placement, educational services, enhanced supervision, detention, and challenges to meeting juvenile treatment needs. Analysis of the data suggests that the Eighth Judicial District has a strong integrated approach to juvenile justice and juvenile justice treatment. Taos County, the largest of the three, has the most treatment resources, while one program, Service Organization for Youth, is the main treatment provider for Colfax and Union Counties. Local law enforcement practices in Taos County were brought up as a concern of respondents. Local law enforcement agencies are under-funded and understaffed and some respondents reported that local police fail to make police reports even when a clear violation has occurred. Respondents from all three counties maintain that there is a need to expand early intervention and prevention services, especially for gang involved youths. Respondents also voiced strong support for more aggressive DWI, drug, and alcohol prevention programs. Finally, one of the most salient needs involves youth who are expelled from the public school system; the only school alternative is only open to youths who are approved for Special Education. Thus, an alternative school for expelled students is sorely needed in these counties.
Main Term(s): State juvenile justice systems
Index Term(s): Juvenile correctional programs; Juvenile treatment evaluation; Local juvenile justice systems; New Mexico
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