Acceptance into the Early Age Program
An interested parent and youth:
- Must express interest in the program. Youth may be referred by an outside agency or parent.
- Contact Early Age Intervention Office at 687-6311 to schedule an intake.
- A letter will be sent to home and potential candidate will have five days to respond.
- The youth may not have any prior criminal convictions in any jurisdiction.
- Early Age Intervention is voluntary and parents and youth must be willing to cooperate with program requirements.
- Completing Early Age does not disqualify a youth from enter the Juvenile Diversion Program later on.
- Successful completion of Early Age insures no record of conviction if a criminal charge is pending.
Requirements of Early Age Intervention
- Must maintain passing grades in all classes
- Participate in weekly educational groups
- Complete assigned community service hours
- Pay restitution and submit an apology letter to the victim of the crime, if applicable
- If necessary, have parent involved in counseling, parenting classes, and home visits
- Complete a jail tour
- Abide by a curfew and other requirements of the Early Age Intervention contract
Facts About Our Kids
Key findings by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP):
- Child delinquents are two to three times more likely to become serious, violent, and chronic offenders then adolescents whose delinquent behavior begins in their teens.
- Arrest rates of child delinquents changed between 1988 to 1997 with a 45% increase for violent crimes and a stifling 156% increase for drug abuse violations.
- The number of cases disposed by juvenile courts involving child delinquents (age 12 or younger) increased by 33%.
- Aggression appears to be the best predictor of delinquency up to age 12.
- Risk factors for offending at a young age are more likely to be biological, individual, and family factors.
- Peer rejection is a risk factor for antisocial behavior.
- Delinquent siblings can greatly encourage a child to become delinquent.