The JJDP Act of 1974 was designed to support states and communities in their efforts to develop and implement effective and coordinated juvenile delinquency prevention and juvenile justice intervention programs and to improve the juvenile justice system. The intent was, and still is, to protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, and provide treatment and rehabilitative services to best meet the needs of juveniles and their families.
To be eligible to receive funding, OJJDP requires Missouri to verify compliance with certain criteria, which includes the following:
- Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders (DSO)
- Jail Removal
- Sight and Sound Separation
- Disproportionate Minority Contact
For more information on the above requirements, please click on the Related Links below or contact the compliance monitor at (573) 526-1931.
- Guidance Manual for Monitoring Facilities Under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 2002
- Missouri Law Enforcement Juvenile Justice Guidelines and Recommended Practices (Revised September 2012)
Federal Regulation Change
Effective October 1, 2017, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) implemented a new federal regulation. Within that regulation specific changes were made regarding juveniles “Detained and Confined” within Adult Jails and Adult Lockups*. Click on the links below for an explanation of the changes and related guidance materials. For questions contact the Juvenile Justice Compliance Monitor by email or at (573) 526-1931.
- Guidance Letter for Juveniles “Detained and Confined” within Adult Jails and Lockups.
- Flowchart for Determining when Juveniles are "Detained and Confined."
- Juvenile Holding Guidelines Poster – Revised November 2017
*Per OJJDP definition:
Adult Jail: A locked facility, administered by state, county, or local law enforcement and correctional agencies, the purpose of which is to detain adults charged with violating criminal law, pending trial. Also considered as adult jails are those facilities used to hold convicted adult criminal offenders sentenced for less than 1 year.
Adult Lockup: A locked facility that is used by a state, unit of local government, or any law enforcement authority to detain or confine adults. Similar to an adult jail except that an adult lockup is generally a municipal or police facility of a temporary nature that does not hold persons after they have been formally charged.
Law Enforcement Surveys
Under the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act, the Missouri Department of Public Safety is required to monitor the juvenile handling procedures of law enforcement facilities within the state. Surveys are the primary tool utilized to gather specific data to assist in these efforts. Information is reported to the U.S Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), in order for the state to remain eligible for vital federal funds.
Completed surveys and, as applicable, agency log sheet(s) may be returned by mail, fax, or email to:
Chris Yeager, Compliance Monitor
Missouri Department of Public Safety
Office of the Director
P.O. Box 749
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0749
Surveys are sent annually or biannually to collect data for a specific timeframe. The type of survey is based on the facility’s classification as either a “Jail” or “Lockup”, or as “Non-secure”. Surveys should be returned within the specified timeframe so the state may meet its reporting requirements to OJJDP.
For Facilities Classified as “Adult Jails” or “Adult Lockups”:
This survey requests information about juveniles securely and non-securely “detained or confined” at your facility. (Do not include data on juveniles who are released on the scene, transported directly home from the scene, or transported directly to a juvenile facility.)
Under recently revised OJJDP regulation, ‘‘detain or confine’’ means to hold, keep, or restrain a person such that he is not free to leave. However, “juveniles who are being held by law enforcement personnel for their own safety, and pending their reunification with a parent or guardian or pending transfer to the custody of a child welfare or social service agency, are not ‘‘detained or confined’’ within the meaning of the JJDPA.” Agencies that have held within their facilities juveniles meeting the definition of “detained or confined” must include their log sheets (copies are located below) when returning the survey.
- For agencies needing to complete the Law Enforcement Juvenile Holding Survey for April 1, 2017, to September 30, 2017, CLICK HERE. (Surveys are due November 17, 2017)
- For agencies needing to complete the Law Enforcement Juvenile Holding Survey for October 1, 2016, to September 30, 2017, CLICK HERE. (Surveys are due November 17, 2017)
Due to changes in federal requirements a new Log sheet for juveniles “Detained and Confined” (both securely and non-securely) within Adult Jails or Adult Lockups has been created. For additional information refer to the “Federal Regulation Change” section.
For Facilities Classified as “Non-Secure”:
The purpose of this survey is to ensure each facility is properly classified as having no secure holding features and to update all information on file and capture any changes to contact information, the addition of secure holding features, department closures, etc. It is important that you complete the survey and answer all applicable questions.
- For law enforcement facilities the received a survey regarding their classification as “Non-Secure” for the current federal fiscal year, CLICK HERE
(To submit the survey electronically click “SAVE” and save it as another document. Otherwise, the data within the survey will not be received.)
For questions contact the Compliance Monitor, Chris Yeager, at (573) 526-1931 or at Chris.Yeager@dps.mo.gov.