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Juvenile Justice Services Fact Sheet
For almost 40 years, YAP has proven that high-risk youth involved in the juvenile justice system can safely and effectively be served in home and community-based settings at a fraction of the cost of out-of-home placements. YAP offers alternatives to detention and state incarceration, supports youth post-adjudication to help with compliance and other needs, and also provides reintegration support for youth transitioning out of these placements.
YAP continually evolves services to meet new needs that emerge for youth involved within the juvenile justice system, but most of our programming is designed for the purposes below.
Diversion: to divert youth from formal system involvement.
Pre-Adjudication: to prevent formal detention while ensuring community safety.
Post-Adjudication: to prevent incarceration in prisons, jails or other residential or secure facilities.
Re-Entry: to promote safety and support to youth transitioning back to the community from institutional placement.
Further, YAP has helped jurisdictions meet the needs of specific populations within their system such as:
YAP’s programs provide intensive supervision and support in the home, school and community. Direct service hours and the frequency of contact can be stepped up or down as needed and based on the level of risk. YAP staff are accessible 24/7, able to respond to crises at any location. Safety, scheduling youth time with pro-social activities, accountability, restorative justice, and an emphasis on education and employment are a key component of YAP's juvenile justice programming. YAP has even developed an specific intervention called Supported Work to nurture the development of hard and soft skills through short-term opportunities with local employers.
YAP services 4,623 youth and families annually in the juvenile justice system.
To learn more about our outcomes for these youth, click here.
Additionally, in 2014, YAP juvenile justice involved youth were analyzed by the Research and Evaluation Center of the John Jay College of Juvenile Justice. For more information, read the four issue briefs.