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Prevention and Justice

Juvenile Crime Prevention (JCP) provides essential services for Oregon’s high risk youth.

The goal of the Juvenile Crime Prevention (JCP) program is to reduce juvenile arrests, reduce juvenile recidivism (new offenses by juvenile offenders) and reduce the need for beds in facilities operated by the Oregon Youth Authority. The Youth Development Council (YDC) is responsible for approving county and tribal high-risk juvenile crime prevention plans and establishing guidelines for funding eligibility.

The authorizing statute, ORS 417.855, identifies the target population for JCP funds as youth who have more than one of the following risk factors: antisocial behavior; poor family functioning or poor family support; school failure; substance abuse or negative peer association, and are clearly demonstrating at-risk behaviors that have come to the attention of government or community agencies, schools or law enforcement and will lead to imminent or increased involvement in the juvenile justice system.

The Juvenile Crime Prevention (JCP) Program provides intervention for youth at risk of juvenile delinquency. Local planning processes allow communities (counties and tribes) to fund services based on local needs, decrease problem behavior and reduce risk for juvenile crime. Services can be grouped into direct interventions such as tutoring and academic supports, family counseling or substance abuse treatment, case management including coordinated review and monitoring of a youth’s needs and services, and support services including the provision of basic needs services such as housing assistance or medical assistance. Programs are funded in collaboration with community partners such as schools, social service agencies, juvenile departments and tribes. Each youth spends about three months participating in JCP programs that address multiple risk factors and issues.

Additional statutory duties of the YDC include:

  • Developing and updating Juvenile Detention Guidelines
  • Approving extended juvenile detention programs
Click on links below to access County and Tribal JCP Plan Submission Form and Checklist.  

Click the links below to access the recently approved Juvenile Crime Prevention Plans and Juvenile Detention Facility Guidelines 

For more information on JCP, please contact