[vc_row][vc_column][trx_title style=”underline”]Objective E2: Evening Reporting Centers[/trx_title][vc_tta_pageable no_fill_content_area=”1″ active_section=”1″ pagination_color=”black”][vc_tta_section title=”Section 1″ tab_id=”1571871988885-d5141fd4-dd8c”][vc_column_text]Some juvenile offenders occupy the space between requiring detention due the public safety threat posed by their release and those many youth (the majority) who are unlikely to reoffend. For these at-risk youth, addressing the vulnerable time in their schedules at the end of the school day can serve as a powerful intervention. Research has demonstrated the after-school and evening hours present a peak window during which delinquent acts occur.58 Evening reporting centers serve as a community-based, structured alternative to leaving these youth to their own devices during thesedifficult hours. A structured program such as an ERC also serves to promote use of detention for only the most serious and violent offenders. The schedule allows the juvenile to attend school during the day, but then provides structure and intervention services to help move the youth to better choices. Shelby County Juvenile Court currently contracts with Juvenile Interventions and Faithbased Follow-up (JIFF) to provide an ERC, a 4-week (20 days) program.

The ERC model is recognized by the Annie E. Casey Foundation as a best practice and is operating in numerous locations across the country. It provides intensive after-school supervision in a supportive environment. ERCs pick up youth at their schools and transport them to the facility, provide snacks, homework supervision, physical activity, dinner, mentoring and counseling, and then transport the youth home in the evening.

Shelby County Juvenile Court seeks to expand the capacity of Shelby County ERCs dramatically to service approximately 600 juveniles from the 50-60 currently served on an annual basis by JIFF. Data from around the country indicates ERCs are succeeding in preventing these youth from committing new offenses. For example, in Harrisburg, PA 85% of youth did not commit a new offense while participating in the program,59 in Clayton County, GA, of those tracked, the ERC noted a nonrecidivism rate of 93% for six months following completion of their program.6° In a study of 23 ERCs across the country conducted by Missouri State University, participating youth completed the ERC program without receiving a citation for new delinquent act at a rate of between 77-97%.61 Due to the short length of the program, the ERC is not designed to be therapeutic, but can help to determine previously unmet social needs and thereby provide assistance in resolving underlying issues which may be contributing to delinquent behaviors.

Key Objective Outcomes:

  1.  Maintain a compliance rate by participants with the ERC program requirements of at least 85%.
  2. Less than 10% of participating juveniles will commit new offenses within one year of
    ending participation.

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