Sussex County Detention Alternatives Confirms a 95% Success Rate in 2013
The Sussex County Detention Alternatives (Home Detention Program, Home Supervision Program) is headed into its fifth year since its inception in late 2009. In 2013 the program served 178 youth with 35 admissions and of those admissions, 33 were male and 2 were female. While on a detention alternative, the staff provides daily face to face contact with the client, 24 hour electronic monitoring through GPS tracking (when applicable), and case management services, which helps link the client to community based services mandated by Family Court. Additionally, the staff ensures the client is in compliance with court ordered treatment by removing transportation barriers.
Of the 35 admissions in 2013, 34 were successfully released from the program once each client was linked to local community providers for a range of services. As an example of some of the services offered, a client may have been linked to substance abuse treatment, anger management classes, life skills, or individual counseling. Furthermore, all clients supervised by staff appeared at their scheduled court hearings, reported for Probation and their court ordered treatment services.
This year Detention Alternatives will be participating in the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI) development and implementation. To Sussex County's benefit, the Detention Alternatives programs were 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.