DMC: Disproportionate minority contact; the overrepresentation of children of color in the juvenile justice system and disparate outcomes in relation to their percentage of the general population.
JDAI: Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative; a nationwide initiative by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to reduce the inappropriate use of detention for children involved in the juvenile justice system. Pima County Juvenile Court is a JDAI site.
Executive Committee: The collaboration of community stakeholders (government agencies, community organizations and individuals) committed to and providing governance for the DMC/JDAI initiative in Pima County. A current list of members is attached to this document.
CPS: Child Protective Services, a division of the Arizona Department of Economic Security charged with investigating and protecting children from abuse and neglect.
CPSA: Community Partnership of Southern Arizona, a nonprofit organization providing behavioral health services to low-income families.
PCJCC: Pima County Juvenile Court, a division of the Pima County Superior Court having jurisdiction over all matters involving juveniles, including delinquency and dependency proceedings.
Delinquency: A court proceeding against a juvenile charged with committing an act that would be a crime if committed by an adult.
Detention: The temporary confinement pursuant to court order of a juvenile charged with or found guilty of committing a delinquent act in a physically restricting facility that is completely surrounded by a locked and physically secure barrier with restricted ingress and egress.
Risk Assessment Instrument: A screening tool used for all juveniles arrested and physically referred to PCJCC to determine their risk to commit another crime or to fail to appear for future court hearings.
Override: A decision, approved by a probation supervisor, to detain a juvenile even though the minor’s score on the risk assessment instrument does not meet the level required for detention.
Graduated Responses: A system used by the Juvenile Court and juvenile probation officers in response to repetitive delinquent behavior and/or violations of probation to attempt to change the juvenile’s behavior through a combination of increasingly significant sanctions and support services.
Child and Family Team Model: A team-based process and support-planning model comprised of a facilitator and 4-8 people in the life of the youth and family who know them well and who care. The team creates, implements, and monitors an individualized plan, formal and natural supports, based on the strengths and areas of needs for the child and family, including the unique cultural strengths of the child and family.
Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections: State agency charged with the responsibility of admitting and confining minors committed to their care by the juvenile courts throughout the state. Confinement is typically based on the minor’s high risk to public safety and is long-term.