Juvenile Crime Prevention Council
Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC)
Brunswick County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council partners with the North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to galvanize community leaders, locally and statewide, to reduce and prevent juvenile crime. JCPC board members are appointed by the county Board of Commissioners and meet monthly on the 3rd Thursday at 1:00pm at the David Sandifer Building, 2nd floor conference room. The meetings are open to the public, and all business is considered public information.
JCPC Committee Members
*we currently are seeking members, please see vacancies
North Carolina Department of Public Safety
- To strengthen and support appropriate programs through incorporating prevention and intervention strategies in a comprehensive juvenile crime prevention effort.
- To promote community wide commitment that will ensure the safety, security and quality of life for our children and their families.
JCPC Meeting Minutes
- Review the needs of juveniles in the county who are at risk of delinquency or who have been adjudicated undisciplined or deliquent
- Review the resources available to address those needs
- Prioritize community risk factors
- Determine the services needed to address those problems areas
- Develop a request for proposal for services needed
- Submit a written annual plan to the county commissioners for approval
- Evaluate program performance
- Increase public awareness of the causes of delinquency and strategies to reduce the problem
- Develop strategies to intervene, respond to and treat the needs of juveniles at risk of delinquency
- Provide funds for treatment, counseling, or rehabilitation services
Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.) is an evidence-based and effective gang and violence prevention program built around school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curricula. The Program is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership for children in the years immediately before the prime ages for introduction into gangs and delinquent behavior. The G.R.E.A.T. Program offers a continuum of components for students and their families that focus on providing life skills to students to help them avoid using delinquent behavior and violence to solve problems.
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Peer Court is an alternative system of justice, which offers first-time juvenile offenders in Brunswick County Middle Schools an opportunity to admit responsibility for their offences and receive constructive sentencing from their peers, that includes restitution, community service, and counseling. Offences include truancy, classroom disruption, simple affray, and other appropriate offenses. Peer Court also provides a “hands on” educational experience for student volunteers in an effort to help them better understand our system of justice. Peer Court does not determine guilt or innocence. A juvenile referred to Peer Court appears before a jury of peers and is defended and prosecuted by peers. Evidence indicates that not only do young people stay out of trouble following their Court appearance, but the program also saves thousands of dollars in community expenses and allows the juvenile courts to concentrate more time and energy on critical juvenile offenders.
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Providence Home operates as the Emergency Shelter for youth in Brunswick County. Providence home is licensed by the State of North Carolina and is a member of the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council of Brunswick County The Family Emergency Teen Shelter began as an answer to the need expressed by professionals who worked with children at risk. Providence Home was established for Brunswick County youth who did not have an emergency residential facility available to them during a time of crisis, to be a safe and loving place for all who needed to come. Providence Home continues to fulfill its mission: To provide short-term and safe shelter to Brunswick County youth who, due to an emergency, high-risk or crisis situation, cannot remain with their families. The home provides shelter, food, and clothing; attends to the medical, educational, recreational, and spiritual needs of several hundred Brunswick County youth.
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Brunswick County’s Restitution Program
The juvenile restitution program operates with the philosophy that all youth in Brunswick County should be held accountable for their actions. By offering a renewed self-respect to delinquent juveniles, it is a program that can make a difference. The Juvenile Court Judge orders delinquent juveniles from ages 10-17 community service as a term of their probation. The participants understand that they must work to pay their debt to society. Research has shown that restitution has therapeutic value for offenders and victims. It permits the offender to regain self-respect by doing the right thing and provides a sense of justice, as well as reparation, to the victim.
Strengthening Families Program (SFP)
The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is a nationally and internationally recognized parenting and family strengthening program for high-risk and regular families. SFP is an evidence-based family skills training program found to significantly reduce problem behaviors, delinquency, and alcohol and drug abuse in children and to improve social competencies and school performance. Child maltreatment also decreases as parents strengthen bonds with their children and learn more effective parenting skills. The Strengthening Families Program is a 14-session, science-based parenting skills, children's life skills, and family life skills training program specifically designed for high-risk families. Parents and children participate in SFP, both separately and together. Group Leader Manuals contain a complete lesson for every session. Parents' and children's Handbooks/ Handouts are also provided for every session.
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Teen Court is an alternative system of justice, which offers first-time juvenile offenders in Brunswick County High Schools an opportunity to admit responsibility for their offenses and receive a constructive sentence from their peers. Teen Court also provides a "hands on" educational experience for student volunteers in an effort to help them better understand our system of justice. A juvenile referred to Teen Court appears before a jury of peers and is defended and prosecuted by peers. Youth and Adult Volunteers are the very foundation upon which our Teen Court operates on a daily basis. They provide the needed community support to help address the problem of at-risk and delinquent youth in a positive and constructive way. Teen Court moves on with the introduction of monthly peer circles for Juvenile Defendants. Peer Circles involve teaching life skills to teenagers, with three areas of focus: decision making and conflict resolution, substance abuse prevention and anger management. While the parents participate in the Parenting Support Group, the youth are learning life skills that can make a difference in their lives.
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Pictured are Mock Trial Team participants (from left to right): Michayla Fullwood, Emily Long, Zachary Fulmer, Lauren Demko, Meghan Black, mentor Bob Breen, Allison Brown, Jennifer Wilkens, mentor John Kelso, Briana Bryant, and Alessandro Senatore.
Request for Proposals FY 2013-14
If you would like more information about the JCPC or would like to contact us,
please email Debbie Stephens at firstname.lastname@example.org.