Officials cut the ribbon earlier this week on The Pursuit Center @ Carver, the community’s second evening reporting center (ERC) to which youth in the juvenile court system can be referred. The center is being operated by the Shelby County Schools. Another ERC is operated by Juvenile Interventions and Faith-based Fellowship (JIFF). The Pursuit Center will serve juvenile offenders referred by Juvenile Court prior to disposition of their cases. Some juvenile offenders occupy the space between requiring detention due to the public safety threat posed by their release and those many youth who are unlikely to re-offend.
For these youth, addressing the vunerable time in their schedules at the end of the school day can serve as a powerful intervention. Research has demonstrated that the after school and early evening hours present a peak window during which delinquent acts occur. ERCs are designed to provide a structured alternative with intervention services to help youth make better choices. Developing a network of ERCs to serve delinquent youth at the community level is an objective of the Safe Community plan. We thank County Mayor Lee Harris and the Shelby County Commission for supporting funding of this new ERC.