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House Arrest - Juvenile Corrections

The Juvenile House Arrest Program is the highest level of supervision available to youth in the community. House Arrest operates from within the Youth and Family Services Center. The program provides an alternative to incarceration.

Juveniles are monitored electronically through radio frequency, GPS, Breathalyzers, and Transdermal testing. House Arrest Officers also randomly visit the juvenile’s home without notice.

The House Arrest Program is available to youth through three different avenues:

  • Pre-Sentence: Youth who are waiting first appearances or trials and are ordered by the court to be supervised pending court action.
  • Post-Sentence: Includes youth awaiting out of home placement, evaluations, or treatment. In addition, youth may be placed on the House Arrest Program as a condition of probation initially, or to address a violation.
  • Conditional Release: Juveniles who have been released from the Kansas State Juvenile Correctional Facilities may be placed on House Arrest to promote success through greater structure or to address a violation of their Conditional Release Contract.

While limiting the juvenile's freedom by requiring him/her to remain in their home, the program allows for a highly monitored schedule which can include:

  • School
  • Treatment
  • Religious life
  • Employment
  • Probation meetings

A client who violates the rules of the House Arrest Contract may be lodged in the Juvenile Detention Center, or Adult Detention Center, if over eighteen. A Detention Hearing will be held within forty-eight hours.

Juvenile Case Management

While a juvenile is in the custody of the Kansas Department of Corrections(KDOC) Juvenile Services Division, he/she will be assigned a case manager who is responsible for the placement and monitoring of the juvenile's needs and progress. The case manager will have ongoing contact with parents, placement providers, counselors, and school officials while responsible for the writing of a Case Supervision Plan which will guide the progress of the juvenile's treatment.

The case manager will meet with the juvenile as necessary and help guide the juvenile to a successful future, ideally to include reunification with the family. The supervision given by the case manager will include arranging for services for the juvenile and his/her family while the youth is in placement and upon his/her return home to help ensure the originating problem does not continue. After a period of stability, the case manager will ask the court to release the juvenile offender from KDOC custody. The time frame in which to achieve successful completion of programming and successful reintegraton differs with the needs of each juvenile.

KDOC is responsible for payment of the majority of the costs associated with these services, in conjuction with Medicaid. However, this does not preclude the parents' rights and responsibilities to provide for their children. The State of Kansas has mandated that an order of support be imlemented for every child who is placed into KDOC custody.

If you have more questions, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative

Johnson County JDAI Video

In 1992, as a step towards meeting its vision, the Annie E. Casey Foundation established the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative. Using detention as an entry point strategy, its primary target is overall juvenile justice system improvement.

Beginning with a handful of jurisdictions, the JDAI core strategies were proven to reduce unnecessary and inappropriate secure detention, reduce costs, increase system fairness and improve the juvenile justice system overall without compromising public safety.

Today, reform efforts are under way in over 150 jurisdictions in 38 states and the District of Columbia, and JDAI is now operational in those places responsible for almost 75 percent of the country's juveniles detained population.

The Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) is designed to address the efficiency and effectiveness of juvenile detention across the United States. JDAI demonstrates that communities can improve their detention systems without sacrificing public safety. The goals of JDAI are to:

  1. decrease the number of youth unnecessarily or inappropriately detained;
  2. reduce the number of youth who fail to appear in court or re-offend pending adjudication;
  3. redirect public funds towards effective juvenile justice processes and public safety strategies;
  4. reduce the disproportionate minority confinement and contact of the juvenile justice system; and,
  5. improve the juvenile justice system overall.

JDAI is a process, not a conventional program, which means JDAI helps restructure policy and practice to create system improvements that reach far beyond detention alone. JDAI sites have demonstrated safe reductions in the number of youth detained through a set of interrelated strategies which include:

  1. collaboration among juvenile justice agencies, community organizations and other government agencies;
  2. the use of data in making policy and case-level decisions;
  3. objective instruments to guide detention decisions;
  4. operation of a continuum of non-secure detention alternatives;
  5. case processing efficiencies to reduce time between arrest and case disposition;
  6. safe reductions of special populations (e.g. violations of probation, warrants and cases awaiting placement);
  7. racial/ethnic fairness in policy and case-level decision-making; and,
  8. improving conditions of confinement.

By systematically addressing each of these areas, JDAI has proven that juvenile detention rates can be dramatically reduced without a corresponding increase in juvenile crime.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation officially accepted the State of Kansas as a JDAI site in 2011. This initiative was encouraged in Kansas through the efforts of the Johnson County Criminal Justice Advisory Council.

There are five counties in Kansas that are participating in this initiative: Johnson, Sedgwick, Wyandotte, Douglas and Shawnee. Together, these five sites represent about 75% of all local detention beds in Kansas.

Johnson County has formed a Collaborative Planning Group and has determined the Purpose of Detention and developed its Vision, Mission, and Guiding Principles. Much more work is left to be completed to achieve the goals of JDAI. This work will probably extend over a period of several years.

Juvenile Detention Center

The Juvenile Detention Center, located in Olathe, KS, is a 69-bed two building complex which houses juveniles from ages 10-17. The Juvenile Detention Center is a secure youth detention center used by the Johnson County District Court to hold juveniles who are awaiting detention hearings, state custody placement, placement into a Kansas State Juvenile Correctional Facility, or release back to legal guardians.

The Juvenile Detention Center provides the following services to all of the juveniles housed at the facility:

  • On-site medical care
  • Visitation schedules
  • Mail privileges
  • Recreational activities
  • Mental Health Services

Education is administered by the Olathe School District. All credits accrued while in the facility are transferred to the school in which the juvenile is currently enrolled.

The Juvenile Detention Center is licensed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The Juvenile Detention Center has an extensive volunteer program. Over 70 active community partners provide a multitude of services to the juveniles including:

  • Recreational Programs
  • Bible Studies & Religious Services
  • Chaplaincy
  • Life Skills Classes
  • Stress/Conflict/Anger Management
  • Mentorship Program
  • Library Services (provided by the Johnson County Library)

 

Juvenile Intensive Supervision Probation

The Juvenile Intensive Supervision Program (JISP) was developed in 1994 to provide an alternative for juvenile offenders in lieu of removal from the home. JISP clients are either on probation through the District Court or on Conditional Release from the Kansas State Juvenile Correctional Facilities. JISP clients typically have one or more of the following issues:

  • Multiple adjudications
  • Adjudications for serious felonies
  • History of repeated failure on Court Services probation and/or diversion
  • Severe substance abuse problems
  • Family dysfunction
  • Mental illness
  • School failure

JISP is designed to provide structured and frequent contacts with an Intensive Supervision Officer (ISO). JISP has a level system which in driven by the YLS/CMI (Youthful Level of Service Case Management Inventory) assessment.  Each of the four levels correlates to a required number of visits each week/month.

The ISO also initiates contact with:

  • Schools
  • Family members
  • Employers
  • Treatment providers
  • Significant others

All clients participate in counseling, as directed by the Court. They observe a curfew and are tested for drug and alcohol use. Clients participate in community service, as well Corrections-sponsored programs.

For more information go to Conditions & Guidelines.

For more information please view our frequently asked questions or call (913) 715-4555.

“While ISP could stand for Invariably Seeing Potential or even
Investing in the Success of People, it does involve a group of genuinely caring professionals dedicated to helping juveniles during this challenging phase of their lives.”
- Tom Truax, Senior Case Manager, JISP