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NCJ Number: 170691 Find in a Library
Title: JAC: The Birth of Dade County's Juvenile Assessment Center
Journal: Police Chief  Volume:64  Issue:10  Dated:(October 1997)  Pages:110-111,113,115
Author(s): L W Mathieson
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 4
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Dade County's (Florida) new Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC), which opened in the fall of 1997, is a centralized processing, referral, and evaluation center for all juveniles arrested in the county.
Abstract: This is a facility where representatives from law enforcement and social services work together under one roof to provide a complete range of services at the initial stages of the juvenile's involvement with the juvenile justice system. The facility is expected to bring the following changes to the county's juvenile justice system: centralized booking and identification, decreased officer downtime due to administrative processing, psychosocial assessment of juveniles, and research and evaluation. Efforts are currently underway to involve community programs in the referral network of JAC. In its referral efforts, the JAC has emphasized mentoring and violence reduction and education. The JAC team has developed a $4 million budget for staffing, equipment, and programs to facilitate the accomplishment of its objectives.
Main Term(s): Juvenile court intake
Index Term(s): Community involvement; Diagnostic and reception processing; Florida; Police-social worker cooperation; Referral services
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