March 13 2017

The California Health Report – Ventura County Tries An Alternative to Juvenile Hall

Some of the teens who attend Boys & Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme’s Teen Center have been ordered to go there by probation officials in lieu of spending time in juvenile detention. The probation department sees the club as an opportunity for these teens to develop new interests, a different social circle and be around caring adults. Photos: Claudia Boyd-Barrett

Some of the teens who attend Boys & Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme’s Teen Center have been ordered to go there by probation officials in lieu of spending time in juvenile detention. The probation department sees the club as an opportunity for these teens to develop new interests, a different social circle and be around caring adults. Photos: Claudia Boyd-Barrett

 

…For youths on probation, the club is an Evening Reporting Center, which provides an alternative to juvenile hall. Those assigned to the center by the Ventura County Probation Agency must attend the Boys & Girls Club’s Teen Center every day after school, usually for between 20 and 45 days. There they participate in club activities such as art, sports and homework help from 3:30 to 8 p.m., alongside the club’s regular teen members. They are supervised by a case manager and encouraged to keep attending after their time requirement is over…

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