The Sussex County Home Detention Program Has an 89% Success Rate in 2012
The Sussex County Home Detention Program (HDP) is headed into its fourth year since its development in late 2009. In 2012, the HDP has served 35 youth, 26 males and 9 females. While a youth is in home detention, the HDP staff provides daily face to face contact with its youth, 24 hour electronic monitoring through GPS tracking, and case management services, which help link the youth to community based services mandated by Family Court. Additionally, the HDP staff ensures the client is in compliance with court ordered treatment by removing transportation barriers. Specifically, the HDP will assist the parents or guardians by providing transportation for the youth to and from those appointments.
Of the 35 admissions, 31 were successfully released from HDP once the client was linked to community agencies for a range of services such as substance abuse treatment, anger management, life skills, and individual counseling. Further, all clients supervised by HDP staff appeared at their scheduled court hearings, probation reporting, and court ordered treatment services.
This year the HDP will be participating in the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI) development and implementation. To Sussex County's benefit, the HDP was developed with the anticipation of JDAI being implemented in all 21 counties throughout the State of New Jersey by 2014. The focus of JDAI is to support the Annie E. Casey's Foundation's vision "that all youth involved in the juvenile justice system have opportunities to develop into healthy, productive adults" utilizing alternative systems and/or programs other than incarceration. The Casey Foundation reports since the JDAI inception in 1992, JDAI has repeatedly demonstrated that jurisdictions can safely reduce reliance on secure detention. Currently there are, approximately, 100 JDAI sites in 24 states and the District of Columbia.