Day in the Life of a Resident
of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) administers Secure Detention
facilities for alleged Juvenile Offenders (JOs) and
Juvenile Delinquents (JDs) and Non-Secure Detention
(NSD) facilities for JDs. In its Secure Detention
facilities, movement is restricted by both physical
door locks and requirements that residents be accompanied
by staff at all times. In non-secure facilities, residents
bear the responsibility of greater freedom. In both,
residents are regularly searched for contraband.
residents wake each morning at 5:30 a.m. They are
given time to shower and eat breakfast before class.
In school, residents are divided according to their
academic levels, and are taught traditional subjects
such as math, English, and science. In addition, residents
learn community and individual living skills that
both ease their stay in detention, and help when they
return home. After school, residents do their homework
and are allowed time for recreation. Although use
of this period varies, residents may see a Case Manager,
attend chapel, visit a psychologist, or play sports
or video games.
days a resident must go to court, they wake up a half-hour
earlier than usual. Residents spend time in supervised
detention rooms while they wait for their case to
be called. DJJ's Court Services staff supervise the
detention rooms and provide transportation to and
from the courts and other appointments.