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Juvenile Classification

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Liz Craig posted on Wed, Jul 27 2011 1:55 PM


I'm writing to inquire about classification for juveniles. Is it a good idea and necessary, under what circumstances is it a good idea? If so, do you have recommendations about classification instruments or structures that you recommend people review? The person inquiring about this currently is in Arizona, and will be running a tribal juvenile detention center with 16-20 folks initially, and then 28-40 down the road.

Thank you much for any assistance you can provide. 


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mkuehl replied on Fri, Aug 19 2011 9:48 AM
Liz; Hope the following information is helpful: The goal of classifying juveniles are: to comply with adminstrative Code requirements to ensure the overall safety and security of juveniles and of detention staff members to best ensure the proper supervison and care of "special" categories of juveniles (physically and mental ill, chemically dependent, vulnerable etc.) Common factors to be considered Gender Medical condition (commuicable or contagiious diseases, injuries, hanicaps, AODA issuesMental health (serious emotional distress or possible mental disorder, suicide risk) Legl status (known co-defendants, victims / witnesses / known informants from persons being informed upon) Age (younger juveniles form older, in some cases) You should also consider specific criteria for exclusion of juveniles from being housed in double cells: criteria for when juveniles are not to be placed in cells with other juveniles known management problem security risk, for any reason need to protect a juvenile for any ather reason need to ensure seperation of victims, witnesses and/or informants You should also consider criteria for changing housing assignments: a cellmate or other juvenile threatening harm, ans/or exploiting a juvenile development of undesirable associations among indiviuals in a living area recruitment or gang initiatin concerns Hope this helps or is what you were looking for
Matthew L. Kuehl
La Crosse County Juvenile Facility Supervisor
Training Officer
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