Statewide Posters to help reinforce and achieve JJDPA Core Protection compliance:
The JJDPA prohibits juveniles from being placed in Adult Jails and or Correctional Facilities, to include juveniles charged with a crime as an adult. A provisional exception to the Jail Removal would be the limited 6 HOURS hold. The 6-hour hold starts when the juvenile is taken into custody.
Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders (DSO)
A juvenile committing offense such as truancy, running away and breaking curfew is considered a Status Offender. Status Offenses are offenses committed by juveniles whose actions, if committed by an adult, would not be considered an offense. Under the JJDPA alternative placement should be sought for status offenders. An exception to this rule would be juveniles in violation of a Valid Court Order (VCO) with no alternative placement. A VCO hold must be initiated by a Judge.
Sight and Sound Separation
The JJDPA prohibits juveniles from having contact with adults when placed in an adult jail or any lock-up facility. Examples of Sight and Sound violations are: juveniles sharing the same cell with an adult, or being placed next to an adult cell, exposure to an adult inmate during recreation, speaking with adult inmates, and sharing eating areas with adult inmates.
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