Juvenile Predisposition Services Program

JP SYouth working through the programBroward County spends nearly $300 per day incarcerating juveniles. On average, a youth arrested in Broward County will spend eight days in jail.

The Juvenile Predisposition Services program offers a strategic alternative to youth incarceration that increases the juvenile’s likelihood of future success and productivity.

When a juvenile is arrested, they undergo a screening process to determine eligibility for detention. If a youth meets detention criteria, during the court hearing, the presiding judge will determine the best path available. At this time, program staff will advocate for his/her release.

Collaborative partnerships with Broward County’s Office of Justice Services, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, community partners, and parents keep youth safely at home and engaged in individualized services to maximize success. Participants receive holistic, coordinated and accessible services that are intensive, community based and family focused.

Since its inception in April 2016, 94 youth have been enrolled in this program and 95 percent have satisfied program requirements. Offering this high level of home/community support services and engagement will help reduce juvenile justice system costs, crime and incidence of relapse. More…