South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice

2058 Words Apr 28th, 2012 9 Pages
Public Personnel
Case Study

Abstract This paper will address the functionality of the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice. First, it will examine the Agency as a whole and then it will explore the individuality of sectors within the agency. Second, the paper will discuss the different ways that the agency survives and serves the community. The South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice plays a vital role in the success of at risk youth and maintaining a secure structure to assist youth that end up in troublesome situations.

Introduction
The public service of assisting youth may be one of the most difficult jobs around. Not only does the job have to consider what is in the best interest of the child but it also
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Throughout this paper we will examine the many different functions of DJJ and how it attempts to maintain a positive reputation as one of South Carolinas premiere public service agencies.

DJJ Overview
According to the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice (2011) website, DJJ is a “state cabinet agency, and by law it is also a treatment and rehabilitative agency for the state’s juveniles. DJJ is responsible for providing custodial care and rehabilitation for the state’s children who are incarcerated, on probation or parole, or in community placement for a criminal or status offense.” DJJ’s mission is to protect the public and reclaim juveniles through acts of prevention, community programs, education, and rehabilitative services in the least restrictive environment possible. DJJ is able to make their mission a reality through aligning with a wide range of different divisions. The organizational structure of DJJ is impeccable. They service juveniles, their families and the community through 43 county offices, and operating in all 46 of the state’s counties. DJJ (2011) explains that, Case managers are involved with juveniles from the moment they enter the system until they complete probation and/or parole. In addition, they conduct detention screenings and intake interviews, complete risk/needs assessments, and make recommendations to the family court judges regarding case disposition. They also coordinate case diversion and supervise