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Progress Report: Juvenile Home Detention Staff Reduced; Critical Secure Facility Posts Not Identified; Transit Changes Beneficial, Report No. 02-47, September 2002
 
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  • Budget reductions made necessary by the state revenue shortfall eliminated employees that supervised youth on home detention.  The Legislature continued funding for electronic monitoring of some home detention youth through a contract with a private provider.  To date, judges have not sent more youth to secure detention centers as a result of these changes. 
  • In 2000, we recommended that the Department of Juvenile Justice identify critical post staffing patterns for each secure detention facility to increase effectiveness and reduce high overtime, turnover, and training costs.  The department has not implemented this recommendation.  Because 159 positions were cut from secure detention facilities, it remains crucial that the department identify its staffing needs and optimize the allocation of staff.
  • Privatization of detention food services has reduced costs by 10%.  Transportation has been streamlined to require fewer trips; as a result, costs have been reduced and staff should be spending more time “on the floor” supervising youth. 
  • The department needs to improve the accuracy of the Juvenile Justice Information System.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 99-45 Justification Review: Juvenile Detention Program’s Performance Improved; Staffing Needs to Be Revisited, published in April 2000.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Detention
Department of Juvenile Justice

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