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Juvenile Detention Programs


Shirt Level System
All minors participate in this system which is designed to reward positive behaviors and discourage negative behaviors.  Minors entering detention are placed on green shirt status, indicating that they are new and not yet a part of the full detention program.  Following a Detention Hearing, all minors are given a red shirt.  This level indicates that they are eligible to take part in all detention activities and earn points in the token economy.  Other color shirts are used to indicate behavior consequences, both restrictive and rewarding.

Token Economy
All minors who are at least a red shirt status receive points in our token economy.  Points can be earned by the minors through positive behavior for participating in group housekeeping activities; in school and during special activities or games.  These points can be used by the minor to purchase snack food items, soda and other special privileges such as telephone calls or staying up late.  Minors lose a portion of their points when placed on a brown shirt or black shirt level.  Minors on any limited recreation status may not earn points while on that level.

School
Three District 205 special education teachers and a para-professional instruct students throughout the year, including the summer months.  Special emphasis is placed on a core curriculum on teaching reading, mathematics and geography.  Students may also have work from their home schools provided to them while they are in the facility.  They will be allowed to complete this work whenever possible; however certain course work which requires the use of materials which could be a security risk will not be accepted.  Work done in detention is eligible for credit in all Rockford schools.  Students from other districts need to consult with their guidance counselor to obtain credit.  Progress reports on minors attending detention school are provided to the court at the time the minor's case is disposed of and are available through the minor's regulars school counselor following his/her release from the facility.

Physical Education
The detention physical education program is generally conducted on a daily bases and is designed to provide the minor with large muscle activities. 

Library Services
The facility has a wide selection of reading material available.  Minors are permitted and encouraged to read on a daily basis during the unstructured recreation times.

Advocacy Program
Each minor ordered to detention by the court is assigned a detention staff member as his/her advocate.  This staff member advises the minor of the rules in detention and discusses a variety of topics on a regular basis.  Advocates are also responsible for the writing of the minor's progress reports which are provided to the Juvenile Court

Law Related Education/ Real Life
Detention staff directs this nationally recognized program which is designed to provide a better understanding of the legal system to the minors and it also teaches citizenship.  The overall program is designed to last for a number of weeks before it is repeated.  Each unit is covered in a single session for the benefit of all minors.

Spiritual Guidance
Jail Ministries supplies the facility with a Chaplain who visits the facility twice a week and as needed to provide spiritual guidance and encouragement to those minors who request it.  In addition, local churches conduct two (2) non-denominational services in the facility each week.

Mail
Minors are permitted to receive letters from their parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters or other relatives living in the same household.  Minors are permitted to write letters to parents or legal guardians three times per week.

Telephone
Each minor is allowed a minimum of one telephone call home per week.  Additional calls are available for purchase via the detention point program.  All telephone calls are collect through a contracted service provider.  Calls may last approximately fifteen minutes.

Medical Services
Each minor ordered to detention by the court is screened by a qualified medical professional at no charge.  This screening occurs within one week after placement in the facility.  Detention staff works with the minor's Probation Officer to facilitate appointments outside of the facility.  Any emergency medical or non-court ordered psychological care is arranged by the detention staff with the authorization of the temporary legal guardian.  Parents or legal guardians retain the responsibility to pay for any services rendered to the minor. 

Haircuts/Hair Care
Minors are not allowed to have personal hair grooming items.  Basic hair maintenance necessities are provided without charge by the detention center.  Male detainees will be afforded the opportunity to use an electric razor on an as needed basis for shaving facial hair.  Arrangements can be made for a state licensed personal barber or beautician to come to the facility for haircuts.  Any cost associated with this service is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian.

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