Minneapolis Juvenile Supervision

What are the program goals?

As a part of the effort to prevent youth criminalization and victimization more effectively, city, county and community leaders in Minneapolis collaborated to establish the Juvenile Supervision Center (JSC). Stakeholders in the city identified a gap in programming available to young people charged with low-level offenses, and recognized that youth achieve better life outcomes when kept out of juvenile courts and detention facilities. The JSC aims to reduce the number of youth who enter the juvenile justice system by offering a positive alterative to incarceration.

Program Details

The JSC receives youth 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The center provides immediate intervention for youth who have been picked up for low-level offenses, specifically truancy and curfew violations, by law enforcement in Hennepin County. After police drop youth off at the JSC, agency staff complete risk and needs assessments, refer the youth to services and, as needed, provide extended case management for up to six months.  Youth who engage with the center may also receive assistance with parental and guardian involvement. The JSC serves young people ages 10-17 and is located in Minneapolis City Hall. While the center has been operating since 1995, this revamped service model was introduced in 2008.

Who are the partners?

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the city, Hennepin County and the local school district governs shared funding, oversight and access for youth to the JSC. The JSC's work team includes a representative from each of the three offices: the mayor's office, neighborhood services and the police department. Together these stakeholders oversee the ongoing development of the center's strategic plan, establish and revise guidelines, conduct an annual revidew and issue a report.  They also design promotional plans and materials to maximize community support of the center. The JSC contracts The Link, a local nonprofit agency, to run day-to-day operations.

How is the effort financed?

The JSC is funded by support from Hennepin County, the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Public Schools District. The center required $250,000 initial capital funds and has an annual operating cost of $750,000. County, city and schools each pay $95,000 to fund basic services, while Hennepin County pays an additional $465,000 for 24/7 operation, follow-up case management and mental health services.

Other Details

The JSC served over 2,500 youth in 2013 and provided extended case management to 500 youth. Among youth receiving extended services, results included a low recidivism rate (20 percent), as well as a high rate of school reengagement and improved school attendance.   

Resources

Juvenile Supervision Center

Increasing Public Safety and Improving Outcomes for Youth through Juvenile Justice Reform

Juvenile Supervision Center (JSC) 2012 Evaluation Report---Executive Summary

Juvenile Assessment and Service Center Models

NLC Staff Contact

Laura Furr
Program Manager, Justice Reform and Youth Engagement
Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
202-626-3072
furr@nlc.org