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Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is the Juvenile Assessment Center?

Is my child required to participate at JAC?

Where is the JAC office located?

My child has a scheduled court date and has now been referred to JAC.  Does he/she still need to appear in court?

How will my child’s participation at JAC impact his/her criminal record?

Since my child is a juvenile, isn’t his/her record automatically sealed once he/she becomes an adult?

My child does not currently have a law enforcement violation or truancy referral.  Are there any services the JAC can provide to my child at this time?

My child was suspended from school and has completed his/her school suspension requirements.  We thought that was the end of it.  Why does my child now have to participate at JAC for this same incident?

My child shoplifted, but the store told us they would not press charges if we paid for the item.   We already paid the store full.  Why are we now being asked to participate at JAC?

There were other children involved in this incident.  Why is my child being asked to participate at JAC when the others aren’t?

 

What is the Juvenile Assessment Center?
The Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) is designed to serve as the focal point for comprehensive assessment and case management.  Juvenile Service Specialists assess the risk and needs of youth referred to the JAC and provide the County Attorney with recommendations for services.  By facilitating earlier and more efficient prevention and intervention services at the front end of the Juvenile Justice System, the potential to positively impact the lives of youth and divert them from the path of serious delinquency improves. 

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Is my child required to participate at JAC?
Participation at JAC is voluntary.  However, should the child elect not to participate, the file will be returned to the Douglas County Attorney for further review and possible court filing. 

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Where is the JAC office located?
The JAC office is located at 1111 South 41st Street, Suite 120.    

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My child has a scheduled court date and has now been referred to JAC.  Does he/she still need to appear in court?
If your child has a scheduled court date it is extremely important that he/she attend.   In some cases, there are more than one incident involving your child.  If you should have any questions, contact our office at 444-6464 and ask to speak to your child’s Juvenile Service Specialist regarding this matter.

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How will my child’s participation at JAC impact his/her criminal record?

The law changed in July, 2010.  When a juvenile successfully completes their individualized diversion plan the charge is automatically sealed.    If the law violation occurred before July, 2010 you should check to see what is actually on the official record.  

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My child does not currently have a law enforcement violation or truancy referral.  Are there any services the JAC can provide to my child at this time?
Currently, the JAC services only those youth who have been referred by the Douglas County Attorney regarding pending law enforcement violations or truancy referrals.  If you are seeking services for your child, you may wish to contact United Way at 211.

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My child was suspended from school and has completed his/her school suspension requirements.  We thought that was the end of it.  Why does my child now have to participate at JAC for this same incident?
Suspension requirements are established by the school district’s Code of Conduct and must be met in order for the child to re-enter school.  For those instances in which a police report is generated regarding the same incident, the matter also is referred to the Douglas County Attorney.  The County Attorney has referred the case to the JAC for assessment and possible participation in a Diversion Plan. 

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My child shoplifted, but the store told us they would not press charges if we paid for the item.   We already paid the store full.  Why are we now being asked to participate at JAC?
If a police report was completed at the time of the incident the report is sent to the Douglas County Attorney.  It is the County Attorney’s decision how to handle the case.  The County Attorney has decided to refer the case to the JAC.   

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There were other children involved in this incident.  Why is my child being asked to participate at JAC when the others aren’t?
The decision to refer a youth to the Juvenile Assessment Center is at the sole discretion of the Douglas County Attorney.    The County Attorney looks at several factors before determining how to proceed with the matter.   In any event, details regarding any other youth or case is confidential. 

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