Terminology

Adjudication
Hearing held to determine the facts of the case and an appropriate course of action.

Commitment
A conclusion that places a youth in custody for supervision, treatment, and rehabilitation.

Community Schools
Community schools are non-residential, community-based alternative schools for delinquent and unruly offenders.

Contract / Attention Homes
Provide residential treatment for delinquent and unruly youth whose home situation is contributing to their behavior.

Designated Felony Commitment
An adjudication that a youth has committed certain felony acts requiring restrictive custody.

Informal Adjustment
Disposition of a case where the act is not serious in nature and appears appropriate for non-adjudicatory courses of action.

Intensive Supervision Programs
To minimize out-of-home placements and provide daily contact.
Mediation
Where both parties sit down and try to work out any differences without formal adjudication.

Short Term Treatment Program (STTP)
Refers to juvenile proceedings, and states ”…the court may, in addition to any other treatment or rehabilitation, order a child to serve up to a maximum of 90 days in a youth development center…”

Non-Secure Detention
The Community Detention Program provides a non-secure alternative to detention in a Regional Youth Detention Center.

Regional Youth Detention Center
Centers that provide temporary, secure care, and supervision of youth who are charged with / found guilty of crimes.

Specialized Residential Services
These youth require either long-term residential placement or specialized treatment services for mental health care.

Victim Impact Statement
A statement that gives the victim the opportunity to put into writing how they were affected by the crime that was committed against them. This form goes into the file and is read by the DA’s Office and the Judge.

Wrap-Around Services
Services provided for those youth returning home.