Juvenile Crime Prevention Council
Welcome to the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, or JCPC! We partner 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; the meetings are open to the public, and all business is considered public information.
The JCPC Board meets on the third Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. at the David Sandifer Administration Building in the second floor conference room.
Note: The April Meeting for 2023 has been changed to April 6, 2023 at 1 pm. This will be held at the David Sandifer Administration Building on the Second floor conference room. You can also attend virtually. Please see info below to attend this meeting.
April 6 2023 BC JCPC Meeting
Thursday, April 6, 2023 1:00 PM | 1 hour | (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Meeting number: 2319 982 6759
Password: 2KdJRZQNb36 (25357976 from video systems)
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Here you can view our minutes or learn how to apply to join our board.
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.
➜ Review the needs of juveniles in the county who are at risk of delinquency or who have been adjudicated undisciplined or delinquent.
➜ 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 proposals 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.
JCPC Board Members
JCPC keeps 12 months of meeting minutes current on the Brunswick County website. To receive a copy of previous JCPC minutes, please contact Donna Cuneo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: Minutes must be approved at a JCPC Board meeting before they are considered official and final. They are not posted online until they are approved.
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.
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.
Guiding Good Choices/STEP
Guiding Good Choices (GGC) is a program that provides parents skills to strengthen and clarify family expectations for behavior, enhance the conditions that promote bonding within the family and teach skills that allow children to resist drug use successfully. Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) is an evidence-based skills training for parents on how to handle misbehavior, discouragement, discipline, and the problems that face every parent-teen relationship.
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.
Coastal Aggression Replacement Training (Coastal ART) is a multi-modal 10-week class for youth who have moderate to serious interpersonal problem behaviors, and who as a result, have chronic suspension, expulsions, truancy, or absences from school, and/or who maintain company with negative or delinquent peers and/or who may need further mental health intervention. This program will also address non-physical aggressive behaviors related to bullying behavior, teasing, and electronic media aggression.
Coastal Aggression Replacement Training will address Interpersonal Skill Building, and also addresses targeted service gaps for youth with ongoing mental health needs. Role playing activities will provide examples of effective situation response. The current Needs Assessment indicates that a high number of youth referred to DJJDP and DSS have a multi-generational history of family criminality, indicating a lack of exposure to pro-social skill building, which this program provides.
This program fits in the overall continuum of care for Brunswick County by providing a skills based training for adolescents who can be diverted from the Juvenile Probation and juvenile charges for violent acts if they learn appropriate methods of dealing with anger, and difficult social situations, and can be productive in their school settings.