Friday we reported that Volunteers of America Northern Rockies had released the report findings of a two-year study on Juvenile Detention Compliance in Wyoming. Sheridan Media's Mary Jo Johnson with part two of the series.
While we received some background on the report Friday, this segment focuses on more of the findings. Project Director Craig Fisgus tells us the numbers have improved from the 2007 report.
In Sheridan County, Fisgus says that because there are so many resources besides detention, the violations are few. Those resources include substance abuse treatment for adolescents, a juvenile justice system and a wealth a mental health professionals, to name a few.
Other counties are not so fortunate, he says, citing some examples.
Data is a crucial piece, he tells us, that allows them to make assessments on what is and is not working as far as dealing with juvenile offenders. He says they follow a model established by Dr. Beth Evans.
Fisgus is quick to add that while their efforts are to improve non-detention alternatives for juvenile offenders, there is certainly a population for which detention is necessary, both for public safety and the safety of the offender.
To read the 2009 Juvenile Detention Compliance Report, click on the attachment below.