Find Montgomery County Maryland juvenile justice centers, departments, or juvenile delinquency prevention offices. Juvenile justice centers provide information on juvenile delinquency and victimization, juvenile detention, juvenile rehabilitation, juvenile probation, juvenile corrections, and the juvenile court system.
Montgomery County Juvenile Justice Centers, and Departments of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) are offices of the legal system that have been developed to handle youths who have broken the law in Montgomery County, MD. The Juvenile Justice System is separate from the legal system for adult offenders. While the adult criminal justice system is driven largely by the objectives of punishment and deterrence, Juvenile Justice is premised on the notions that youths are less blameworthy than adults and more capable of change. Rehabilitation is thus a significant element of the Juvenile Justice System. Juvenile Justice Systems run by Maryland are defined by state statutes and are comprised of a series of processes that involve numerous agencies, including Montgomery County courts, law enforcement, corrections, and social services.You may contact the Department of Juvenile Justice for questions about:
Montgomery County law enforcement agencies are often the initial contact that a youth may have with the Juvenile Justice System. After making an arrest of a minor, or juvenile offender, or otherwise responding to a call, law enforcement may refer an offending youth to a Montgomery County Juvenile Justice agency or other intake center capable of assessing whether the youth should be handled informally or referred to a juvenile court for formal processing.Juvenile Detention Centers
While awaiting formal processing, a youth may be held in a Montgomery County juvenile detention center, which is required to provide education, recreation, counseling, and other services to youth during their stay. The judicial process for youthful offenders is called Adjudication and somewhat resembles a trial. The Juvenile Justice System will then develop a Disposition Plan based on the Adjudication process, any psychological assessments and diagnostic testing that may have taken place, the youth's background, and other considerations. The Disposition Plan details the consequences of the youth's actions and may include supportive services such as probation, community supervision, placement in a Montgomery County juvenile correction facility, or restitution.Diversion and Reentry Programs
At any point in the Montgomery County Juvenile Justice System, a process referred to as Diversion may occur. Diversion involves directing the youth away from the Juvenile Justice System and toward alternative resolutions and consequences. Juvenile Justice Systems include Montgomery County Aftercare or Reentry component that assists the youth after they have completed the elements of the Disposition Plan or have been released from a Montgomery County juvenile correction facility. The Aftercare and Reentry components may involve various Montgomery County community service providers.