Day Reporting Center Programs

 

 

The Day Reporting Center (DRC) is a grant funded Community Corrections program designed to provide supervision and services to juveniles in court proceedings in the 8th Judicial District.

 

There are multiple types of supervision that DRC staff provide with the main component of each being accountability of the juveniles being served. All juvenile referred for DRC programs must be court ordered by a judge and follow stringent guidelines to successfully complete the program they are assigned to.

 

Pre-Trial / Pre-Disposition Supervision (PTS/PDS) - Referrals for this type of supervision are juveniles between the ages of 10 and 17 charged with one or more criminal offenses. A judge orders pre-trial supervision with DRC if they feel it is in the best interest of both the community and the juvenile to not be detained and be supervised while going through the court process prior to trial. Pre-disposition supervision is ordered if the court feels it beneficial for a juvenile to be supervised after being adjudicated (found guilty) and while awaiting disposition (sentencing). All referred juveniles must submit to random drug screens, meet academic and attendance standards at school and abide their parents/guardians rules. Their performance and compliance, positive and/or negative, during supervision is taken into consideration, by the judge and prosecutor, for any further court appearances.

 

Child In Need of Care Supervision (CINC) - Referrals for this type of supervision are juveniles usually between the ages of 12 and 17 that must appear in court for status offenses such as runaway and truancy. A judge orders CINC supervision when it is believed a juvenile and/or their family need assistance to help the youth get back on track to meet and maintain the boundaries of laws they have exceeded. The juveniles referred for CINC supervision must also submit to random drug testing, meet academic and attendance standards at school and abide by their parents/guardians rules.

 

Along with accountability, education has become a major component of all Day Reporting Programs. A juvenile under DRC supervision that is long-term suspended from middle school or high school, is required to attend DRC from 10am to 2pm to recover and/or maintain academic progress until they are able to return to school. Through ongoing collaboration with USD475, while at DRC juveniles are able to work independently on a computer based learning system called A+ to meet the academic requirements of their grade level. The juveniles under DRC supervision that are enrolled and attending school, must regularly check into DRC after school, submit progress reports signed by their teachers and are ordered to attend school with no unexcused absences, tardies or disruptions.

 

DRC staff also work with youth to teach them life skills that will assist them in being successful, productive citizens. Over time, DRC has accumulated a large amount of life skills materials and resources to be used in teaching youth about many topics including and related to anger management, self-esteem, drugs and alcohol, sexual health, employability, money management and various others subjects.

 

Juveniles successfully complete Day Reporting Programs by following all rules and regulations of the court and program until their court case has been resolved.

 

 

 

 

Truancy

 

The Truancy Prevention Program is a grant-funded program that has been initiated by Community Corrections to assist schools in the four counties of the 8th Judicial District in preventing truancy and keeping kids in school.

 

Kansas Law (KSA 72-1113) states that all children ages 7 to 18, must attend school (public or private) full-time until they earn a high school diploma. Children under age seven that are enrolled in school are also subject to this law. A child is considered truant from school if they incur three consecutive unexcused absences, five unexcused absences in a semester or seven unexcused absences in a school year. A sample of schools in the 8th Judicial District showed 3% - 6% truancy rates in middle and high school with 50% being truant more than once.

 

The objective of the Truancy Prevention Program is to reduce the number of truant youth in participating schools. In fiscal year 2006 (July 2005 - June 2006), Community Corrections is working in collaboration with one through 4 high schools in Dickinson, Geary, Marion and Morris counties to implement a program for truancy prevention. This program is designed to educate students and their parents about the importance of regular school attendance including the possible legal and social detriment that truancy causes. Designated school officials and the Truancy Prevention Coordinator provide notification, information, assessment and resource referrals to students and their families as soon as a truancy concern is believed to exist. The 4-Step Truancy Program provides students multiple opportunities to correct any attendance problems before the attendance concerns are reported to the County Attorney's office for a case to be filed. In reducing truancy through prevention efforts, more youth will receive the full education they need to be productive citizens, which will benefit our communities. Research has also shown that successful truancy prevention efforts contribute to reducing the number of both criminal and status offense cases within a community.

 

 

Staff:

Ivan Tudela - Juvenile Case Worker