Law Enforcement and Department of Juvenile Justice: Partners in Successful Investigations

Law Enforcement and Department of Juvenile Justice: Partners in Successful Investigations
Duration: 60 Minutes
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Recorded on: 2023-09-26
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Handling crimes perpetrated by juveniles requires a collaborative approach that balances holding the offending juvenile accountable while also putting rehabilitative supports to decrease if not completely eradicate the potential for recidivism. This webinar explores how North Carolina is navigating juvenile justice through pivotal statutes and best practices that espouse inter-agency collaborations.

Leading the presentation is Amber Burgess Sox of the North Carolina Justice Academy where she serves as the instructor and developer. She brings experience from both the teaching field and service having worked in detention, investigations, and patrol.

Specifics she discussed in this session include:

  • A historical timeline of juvenile justice in the US, particularly North Carolina, that goes as far back as the 1600s to more recent developments such as the Raise the Age law of 2019.
  • The shift of North Carolina’s juvenile justice approach from a punitive focus in the past to a more rehabilitative and therapy-oriented one.
  • The Office of Juvenile Justice of North Carolina: How it was established, its mission, goals, and the scope and limits of its role.
  • How the Office of Juvenile Justice utilizes a multi-disciplinary team to manage juvenile cases and the composition of the MDT.
  • The varying stipulations of different state’s laws on the age of juveniles when it comes to criminal prosecution.
  • The infrastructure and facilities considered when North Carolina raised the age of juvenile jurisdiction of violent crimes.
  • How children enter the juvenile justice system and what causes them to remain in the system.
  • The considerations that the system takes into account when deciding on interventions for sex crimes.
  • The process of passing the Raise the Age Law.
  • An overview of the juvenile delinquency flowchart in North Carolina that looks into the factors taken into account and maps out the legal process and options.
  • Law enforcement’s role and responsibilities in the juvenile justice process.
  • How a juvenile’s file is treated once the individual goes past the age of 18.
  • How law enforcement, juvenile services, and the prosecutor work together handling juvenile cases.
  • The importance of fostering relationships in the juvenile justice space to build robust cases, serve victims better, and prosecute offenders appropriately.
  • Facts and figures demonstrating the demographics of North Carolina justice-involved youth and the factors that contribute to the increase of sexual assault perpetrated by juveniles.
  • A rundown of the intervention options available in North Carolina – from the most lenient supervision to the harshest in detention – and the resources that juvenile justice utilizes.
  • The Care Review Team: Its composition and its role in determining the juvenile offender’s outcomes.

Points raised during the Q&A are about:

  • How juvenile services do not operate under the courts in North Carolina.
  • Trends in youth involvement in gangs after implementing the Raising The Age Law.
  • Comparing North Carolina’s juvenile crime statistics to national statistics.
  • Information-sharing with outside organizations such as child welfare agencies and public schools.
  • Creating juvenile confinement centers for probation violators.

Getting a single judge to preside over child welfare and delinquency cases for the same juvenile.



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Audience Comments

  • “Excellent webinar. Wish we had a good program.” — Robert
  • “The resources were very helpful.” — TILISSA
  • “Great information when dealing with juveniles. This area is delicate and must be carefully handled for the victim and perpetrator. She also presented available resource options for partnerships.” — Travis
  • “I am from NY state and it was interesting to hear what North Carolina is doing.” — Jacqueline
  • “I will be graduating soon and the information on youth and incarceration is what I will be working with going forward. This webinar was very helpful in how things are going currently and food for thought on how to improve.” — JanEllen



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