Juvenile Intervention Program
The Juvenile Intervention Program (J.I.P.) was designed to show troubled teens the reality of incarceration. Juveniles have misconceptions about what life in jail is truly like. They see incidents such as police pursuits, gang violence and drive-by shootings and do not realize the consequences of criminal behavior. Today's youth have developed a respect for criminals and the wrong idea that life in the criminal justice system is glamorous. This misconception commonly has been delivered by television or results from the juvenile having friends and family members who have been through the jail system.
This program is not designed for all juveniles. It is geared toward those who have begun to engage in negative behaviors and/or attitudes, or are heading down a path of alcohol, drugs, gangs or violence.
- Address criminal and/or negative behavior
- Provide collaboration between law enforcement, the community and schools
- Increase understanding and awareness of the criminal justice system
- Emphasize the legal consequences of violating the law
Follow-ups have revealed that many participants became productive members of society.Since 2004, over 4000 juveniles have participated in J.I.P.
Youth learn the consequences of delinquent behavior, experience firsthand the realities of incarceration, and are encouraged to become better members of the community.
The participant must have a parent or legal guardian who is capable and willing to attend.