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									    Facility Name

________________________
          , Director
                               TABLE OF CONTENTS
1.    Table of Contents                                     Page 2
2.    Welcome                                               Page 3
3.    Introduction                                          Page 4
4.    Staff                                                 Page 5
5.    Admission & Orientation                               Page 6
6.    Programs & Services                                   Page 6-11
7.    Searches, Personal Property, Contraband               Page 11-13
8.    Grievance Procedure                                   Page 13
9.    Mail                                                  Page 14
10.   Visitation                                            Page 15-16
11.   Telephone Calls                                       Page 16
12.   Legal Access                                          Page 16-17
13.   Emergencies                                           Page 17
14.   Counts & Movement                                     Page 17-18
15.   Personal Hygiene & Cleanliness                        Page 19
16.   Work Detail                                           Page 20
17.   Basic Expected Treatment Standards                    Page 21
18.   Youth Responsibilities                                Page 22
19.   Bullying                                              Page 23
20.   Harassment                                            Page 23
21.   Abuse                                                 Page 24
22.   Behavior Management Program                           Page 25-29
23.   Facility Rules and Consequences for Violating Rules   Page 30-32




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      Welcome to a safe place while you are away from home!
On behalf of the staff, welcome to Facility Name. We, the staff, will do all we can to
make your stay here is safe and positive. We will do all we can to help you make better
choices.

We know that you may not want to be here and you may have strong feelings about
why you have been sent here. You will be given the opportunity to talk with us, so we
can help to plan and prepare you for the future.

To help you understand how the Facility Name operates, we have prepared this
handbook. It will familiarize you with this facility and provide you with information
about programs, activities, rules, regulations, and your rights here.

We hope you will use your time here to make positive changes as you grow and plan
for the rest of your life.

Again, welcome to the Facility Name.




             Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice’s Mission Statement

                       To protect and serve the citizens of Georgia
                 by holding young offenders accountable for their actions
                             through the delivery of services
                          and sanctions in appropriate settings
                      and by supporting youth in their communities
                     to become productive and law-abiding citizens.




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                                         INTRODUCTION
                      The Facility Name is a secure facility where you will live for the time required by

                      the court. The staff at this facility will do all we can to make your stay helpful to

                      you. We know that you may not want to be here and you may have strong

                      feelings about why you have been sent here. You will be given the opportunity

to talk with us about your time here, and with our help, to plan and prepare for your future.

       This handbook provides information about this program, what is expected of you, what you

can expect, and other information that will be important for you to know. The rules are effective

immediately upon entering this facility. Read all of the information. Ask questions about anything you

do not understand. Whenever you do not feel safe here, tell any staff member immediately.




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                                            KEY STAFF

                                                                   Director
                                                                   Asst./Assoc. Director




The Director is in charge of the facility, along with the Asst/Assoc Director. Juvenile Correctional

Officers work for Lieutenants who oversee security of the housing unit.           The Lieutenants are

supervised by the        , who is the head of security. The Case Managers talk to you about your

problems, conduct group sessions and help you contact your lawyer and probation officer.



The staff are here to help you and see that the facility is operated in a safe and secure manner. You

are required to obey the lawful instructions of staff and to cooperate to the best of your ability. You

may write a letter to any member of the staff, or you may talk to them as you see them in the facility or

when they visit your unit. If the director is available, you may talk to him/her also. The Case Manager

is your primary staff contact; he/she can help you with most of your concerns and questions.




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                                 ADMISSION & ORIENTATION
                   When you first arrive, you will go through a standard process called admission and

                   orientation. The purpose of this process is for us to learn about you and your

                   needs and provide you information about what to expect while you are here. As

                   part of this process, you will be searched and your personal property collected,

washed and stored. Staff members will ask questions about your health, problems, and concerns.

Medical staff will examine you. Please answer all questions completely and truthfully. We need the

right information to make sure that you receive the care that you need. You will be allowed to contact

your parents/guardians by telephone.



Staff will explain the rules of this facility. You will be able to read this handbook again and someone

will go over it with you.    Additional handbooks are available for you on each unit.          If you have

questions or need help understanding any of the material in the handbook, you may ask staff

members at any time to help you. Staff are here to help you and will be happy to help.


                                   PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Volunteer Services

This facility has citizens that volunteer in different areas around the facility. Volunteers are not paid

staff members; however, they give freely of their time to improve the quality of services provided to

each youth. You may see volunteers assisting with religious services and programming, educational

services, presentations and other facility programming. You may encounter some of these volunteers

and you are expected to be respectful to them.


Education

                   This facility operates a school. Instruction is offered by certified teachers. Most of

                   your time during the day will be spent in school and attendance is mandatory.

                   Please listen to your teachers, follow the school’s rules, and learn as much as you

                   can while you are here. When you leave we will send a record of your attendance

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and grades to your school. Classes are conducted Monday through Friday during the day. The

director, designee or nurse must approve exemption from class. The school has a library and media

center that is available to help you in your studies. Residents on isolation are required to receive

educational material as well as one hour of large muscle exercise.




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Religious Services

                       Non-denominational religious services and programs are provided every week.

                       Attendance is voluntary. If you choose not to attend, you will be allowed to

                       watch TV, read books, play board games or be provided other activities. You

                       may receive visits from your minister, preacher or other religious leader. They

                       must call the facility in advance and schedule a time for the visit. You may keep

a religious book of your faith (such as a Bible or Koran) in your room and a small amount of approved

religious materials or items.



If you have special religious needs (such as a special religious diet), you need to discuss them with

the case manager so that the facility will be aware of your requests. You may also write a Help

Request if you have a question or concern about practicing your faith.



The facility supports your right to practice your religion as long as it does not create safety, disorder,

or security concerns within the facility.


Recreation & Leisure Activities

                      Recreation opportunities will be provided at least one hour daily.       When the

                      weather is fine, outside recreation will occur. The facility provides games and

                      similar leisure activities for enjoyment and recreation at least one hour daily.

                      Special events will be provided on a regular basis. Remember that participation

in many special activities is a privilege because of good behavior, so don’t miss out!




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Mental Health

                       The Social Services Provider (counselor), psychologist and other staff offer

                       mental health services. They are here to help you with your adjustment and in

                       particular if you are depressed or are having other problems. If you are feeling

                       depressed, very upset or confused, or are having problems adjusting to being in

our program, you should see a member of the mental health staff. Here are several ways you can

contact them:

        1.      Fill out a Help Request Form. Write down what is going on with you, what your
                concerns are and put it in the Help Request Box.
        2.      Ask the JCO, case manager, teacher, or any other staff member to help you see a
                mental health staff member.
        3.      Speak to the mental health staff member or any case manager when you see them on
                your units or elsewhere in the facility.



Most of what you say to the mental health staff member is confidential, except when you talk about

harming yourself, harming others, if you have been harmed, or if the information is a threat to the

security of the facility.   This type of information will be shared as necessary to make sure that

everyone is safe.



Mental health staff provide counseling and management services to those youth assigned to their

caseloads.


Case Management

                            The case manager is here to help you adjust to the facility. They will help

                            manage your case and may, if necessary, contact court staff, community

                            case manager, your family, or persons in the facility to help with your

                            activities at the facility. Case managers can provide guidance and help with

                            getting along here. You may receive group counseling with other members

of your unit. Each youth is expected to demonstrate helping behavior with other members of their
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group and to actively participate in the session. Case managers assist with routine activities such as

phone calls, visitation problems, and questions about the facility. They will keep you informed about

other issues such as court dates, screenings, and placement issues. You can talk to any case

manager when you feel that you have a problem. You should fill out a Help Request Form to talk to

your case manager and place it in the Help Request Box.


Medical

                       Everyone receives a medical examination soon after arrival. If you are sick, or

                       need to be seen for a medical, dental, or mental health problem, you should fill

                       out a Help Request Form and place it in the Help Request Box located in the

                              . Nurses pick up Help Request forms daily. Sick call is conducted every

                       day. You are usually seen within 24 to 48 hours of your request. If you have

a medical emergency, do not wait, tell a staff person right away! A medical emergency is a

serious problem such as bad pain that will not go away, fainting, a serious injury, or something similar.

Medical will be called immediately if you have an emergency.



Be sure to correctly answer all medical questions that medical, or other staff, ask you. Report any

medicine you take or health problems you have so that you can receive proper care. The medical

staff will refer you to a doctor, dentist, or psychiatrist when needed. If you need medication or bring

medication in with you, the physician must approve for you to take or continue the medication. If you

take medication, the staff will give it to you. If you refuse, you will be required to sign a “Medical

Refusal Form”. If you have a chronic medical condition, you will be monitored by medical staff.

Chronic medical conditions include asthma, seizures, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart condition.


Food Service

                             Three meals are served per day. People who are trained in nutrition

                             develop our menus. Your meals provide you the calories and nutrition

                             required for youth for your age. If you need a special diet because of


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medical reasons, be sure and discuss this with our medical staff. If you need a special diet for

religious reasons, turn in a Help Request form or discuss it with your case manager.



Talking at meal times is a normal thing to do. Please talk at your table in a low voice. If you need staff

assistance, raise your hand. Staff will show you where you are to sit. Do not exchange or take food

from another person! This rule is required because some youth try to intimidate or bully others to

get their food. The facility does not accept this behavior. If this happens to you, you should tell any

staff immediately. You cannot take food from the dining area. Return all eating utensils to staff or

as instructed. Follow all rules for the dining hall.


                SEARCHES, PERSONAL PROPERTY, CONTRABAND
Because our facility is secure, we must prevent dangerous, illegal, or unapproved items from entering.

For this reason, it is necessary to conduct searches of your body, clothes, and areas where you live.

These searches are conducted to keep you and everyone safe. You must cooperate with searches.

No one wants to embarrass you, but searches must be performed on a frequent basis. Here are some

things you need to know:

       1. When coming into the facility from outside the property, like during admission, you will be
           strip searched by a trained officer of your sex. You will be required to remove your clothing
           and the officer will visibly inspect your body and examine your clothing. These searches
           are conducted in a private area. Strip searches may occur at other times such as after a
           visit, or after an emergency, or if a supervisor orders it when it relates to keeping you and
           everyone else safe.
       2. A frisk search is when an officer searches you with their hands. It will be necessary for the
           officer to touch you during this search. The officer will always be the same sex as you.
           You will remain clothed and the officer will move hands about your body to insure that you
           are not hiding something. Frisk searches occur frequently.
       3. Your room or belongings can be searched at any time. You must cooperate with these
           searches.
       4. Your friends and family that visit are subject to a search before they can visit you. They
           must not try to sneak any item into this facility to give to you or another person. This is
           illegal. If a visitor brings you anything, their visits will be stopped.

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Personal Property

You are allowed to have only certain things while you are at this facility. The following are approved
personal items you may have in your room:
          Religious literature (one Bible, Koran, or other book of faith)
          A approved religious item essential to the practice of your faith (subject to approval)
          Legal materials (subject to space limitations)
          Personal health aid approved by medical department (i.e. , prescription glasses )
          Five (5) personal letters
          Five (5) family photos (no Polaroid)
          One (1) book
          Writing journals used for therapeutic purposes

All items are subject to inspection and review. You may not have more than you can neatly and

safely store in your room. The approved items will be removed from your room if you:

          Abuse or destruct the materials
          Obstruct the view to your room
          Steal reading materials from others
          Refuse to keep items orderly
          Flush items in the toilet



Issued Items

                      The facility will issue certain hygiene, bedding and clothing items for you to use.

                      These items are the property of the state and you must not waste, destroy, or

                      damage them:

                               Pillow and pillowcase (1) (if not included as part of your mattress)
                               Mattress (1)
                               Sheets (2)
                               Blanket (1 or as temperature demands)
                               Clothing
                               Shower Shoes(1)
                               Comb/Brush (1)
                               Toothbrush (1)
                               Personal Hygiene supplies

       You are not to have more issued items than are allowed.
       Do not trade, exchange, sell, or buy issued items!


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Contraband

Contraband is anything that you or someone else is not supposed to have in this facility.
   The following items are examples of contraband:
          Any unapproved item
          Having someone else’s property
          Having excessive personal property (too many letters)
          Having too many of an issued item (Example: 2 pillows, 3 sticks of deodorant)


Certain items are absolutely forbidden and are illegal to possess. Possession of these items might
result in criminal charges being made against you. Examples are:
          Illegal drugs or drugs of any kind
          Weapons such as guns, knives, ammunition
          Items that can be used or that have been altered to be used as a weapon
          Cell phones and cell phone accessories (Example: batteries, chargers, phone cards,
           memory cards, etc.)
          Drugs of any kind, including alcohol
          Stolen items


Other items that you are forbidden to have are:
          Tobacco products or supplies
          Flammable liquids/matches or lighters
          Poisons
          Pornographic materials
          Literature advocating violence or hatred
          DVDs or CDs


Remember that you cannot have any item unless it has been approved for your possession or has
been issued to you. Do not trade, sell, or exchange anything with anyone! Possession and the
use of illegal drugs are not tolerated. If we suspect that you are using drugs, you may be required to
submit to drug testing.


                                  GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
       If you believe you have been treated unfairly, have had any of your rights violated or have not

received proper care, you may file a written complaint called a grievance. You can also write to the

Director at any time about a concern or complaints. If you write the Director, please fold your letter,

write the name of the Director or just put “Director” on the outside and place your letter of concern or

complaint in the Grievance Box.

Here is how the grievance procedure works:
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1. There are grievance forms in each housing unit and dining hall. Get a form and fill it out. You
   may ask for help in filling it out. Ask staff for something with which to write if needed. Follow
   the directions on the form.
2. Place the form in a Grievance Box located in housing units and dining halls or anywhere else
   you see one.
3. A grievance officer, appointed by the Director will check the boxes daily, review your
   complaint, investigate and give you an answer within 48 hours.            If deemed urgent the
   grievance will be heard immediately.
4. Your grievance is confidential. Only those who need to know about it will know what it says.
   You cannot be punished for filing a grievance.


                                             MAIL
                             The following describes mail rules and regulations:

                             1.     You have the right to receive and send mail. Your mail will be
                                    opened by a staff member and inspected for contraband.
                                    Your mail is subject to further inspection, such as reading, if
           the director believes it is necessary for safety and security reasons.
   2.      You may write as many postcards or letters as you wish to individuals that are on your
           approved contact list. However, the facility will only pay for 2 stamps per week for non-
           legal letters. If you wish to mail more than that, you must provide your own postage.
           The facility supplies postcards. You will only be provided paper and envelopes for
           mailing your confidential and sensitive correspondence. You may receive as many
           letters as are sent to you, but you may keep only 5 personal letters in your room at any
           time.
   3.      Mail is sent out and delivered daily except Saturday, Sunday, and observed holidays.
           To mail a postcard/letter, describe mail procedure. Never seal the envelope when
           sending out a letter. The Business Office will do that before mailing it out. Staff will
           deliver mail addressed to you.
   4.      You are not permitted to order any item (magazine, newspapers, books, compact
           discs, etc.) through the mail while you are here. Such items are contraband, and you
           cannot keep them.
   5.      Money or other valuables will be removed from your mail and stored. You will get a
           receipt.   Tell your parents, guardians, family, and friends not to send such items.
           Illegal or unapproved items will be handled as contraband. Illegal items will result in
           law enforcement being contacted.


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       6.      Letters sent to you should have a return address to enable it to be properly identified or
               returned to the sender if necessary.
       7.      You may not send or receive mail from other youth placed in other DJJ facilities.
       8.      All mail you send must be fully addressed on one side of the envelope to whomever
               you are sending it, and your name and facility address must be in the return address
               section in the upper left corner of the same side of the postcard. The return address
               will be like this:


                            Name
                            Living Unit
                            Facility Name
                            Street Address                  My Guardian
                            City, GA Zip Code               123 Good Street
                                                            Goodtown, Georgia 32323



                                                   VISITATION
                       During orientation, a case manager will help you develop an “Official Visitation

                       List.”       Your     immediate family,   consisting of    parents/legal guardians,

                       grandparents, siblings, husband or wife, and your children (if accompanied by

an adult) may be on your list.            The Director may approve significant others (employer, clergy,

counselor, etc.) to visit you. Visitors 16 years of age or older must have a picture ID or driver’s

license. Visitors under 16 years of age must have a student picture ID, a picture ID taken by local law

enforcement, or a birth certificate. An adult must accompany visitors under 18 unless the Director

approves otherwise.

       The schedule for regular visitation is:

       Saturday                  Time
       Sunday                    Time

Each youth has a limit of No more than 5 visitors per visit. The reason for this is space limitations in

the visiting area. If your visitors arrive less than an hour before the end of visitation, they will have to

leave when the visitation period is over. Special visits will be arranged if your parents or guardian

cannot visit you during regular visiting hours or if there are other special situations.

Visitation rules:

   1. You must be completely dressed and be clean and neat before going to visitation.
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   2. You cannot take anything to visitation to give to your visitors unless you have permission.
   3. Your visitors cannot bring anything in to visitation without specific written permission of the
       Director. Visitors cannot give you anything during visitation without permission. Visitors go
       through a metal detector and are subject to search in order to enter.
   4. Visitors cannot bring food or drinks into the facility. Your visitors may purchase items from the
       vending machines to share with you. You cannot take any of these items back to your room
       after visitation.
   5. You and your visitors must not disturb others during visitation. You should refrain from loud,
       boisterous conversation and conduct.
   6. Small children must be controlled.
   7. You or your visitors must not engage in intimate or sexual conduct.
   8. Visitors who are causing problems, who are under the influence of drugs, or alcohol, who
       break rules, or who try to bring things in without permission will be told to leave and may be
       suspended from further visits for a period of time as determined by the Director.
   9. Visitors must be appropriately dressed. No revealing or tight clothing is allowed. No clothing
       that displays drugs, alcohol, nudity, or unlawful behavior is allowed. Shoes must be worn.
   10. You will be searched before and after visitation.
   11. Keys, pagers, telephones, handbags, bags, purses, strollers, baby carriers, baby slings, diaper
       bags, cigarette pouches and make-up bags are not allowed in the visitation area.
   12. With prior permission, visitors can pick up your stored valuables. They must sign for these
       items. You must arrange for pickup 24 hours in advance of the visitation period. Your case
       manager can help you with this. Visitors will pick up the items as they leave.


                                               TELEPHONE
                       You may make telephone calls while at this facility. On the day of arrival, you

                       may make 2 phone calls to your family members or your attorney. All phone

                       calls are time limited to 5 minutes per call.

                       You can make 1 phone call per week, not counting those made on admission

day. Days and Times for Weekly Calls



You may make additional calls with your case manager’s approval. Emergency telephone calls will be

received at all times, day or night. During normal work hours, emergency calls should be directed to

your case manager. After working hours, emergency calls should be directed to the shift supervisor.

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Calls will be collect unless you have a block on your phone in which case the facility will provide one

call per week at the facility’s expense. In the event your family cannot afford to pay for the collect

calls, let your case manager know. Additional phone calls may be earned through the Behavior

Management program. You are allowed to receive calls on days from time to time.


                                           LEGAL ACCESS
                            Your attorney or his/her designated representative may visit. Unless it is

                            urgent, the facility requests 24 hours advance notice to schedule a visit. The

                            facility staff will ensure your availability when your attorney comes to visit

                            during the scheduled time. Your attorney will need to provide his Bar card and

personal identification to be admitted for visitation.         Your attorney, or the designated legal

representative, may arrange a telephone conference with you by calling the facility and asking that it

be scheduled. You will be made available for a telephone call at the arranged times.



You may call your attorney as often as he/she agrees to accept your call. Normally, this is limited to

once per day unless this is requested by your attorney. Court officials, DJJ, and other government

officials may arrange official visits or telephone calls in the same manner as described for attorney

visits and phone calls. As previously discussed, all communication between you and your attorney or

the courts is privileged.


                                            EMERGENCIES
                  On a regular basis, our facility conducts emergency drills such as fire drills. You are

                  required to cooperate during these drills. They are conducted to make sure you stay

                  safe. Listen to all instructions and follow them carefully. Take all drills seriously.

You must line up when and how you are told and follow all other directions given by staff. You must

do this safely and quickly. If you have a personal emergency, do not hesitate to contact a staff

member and ask for help. The case manager, in particular, is a person who knows how to assist

you if you are experiencing an emergency, but you may let any staff member know if you need help.

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A personal emergency, for example, could be that you receive upsetting information about illness or

death in your family, or someone has threatened you, or any situation that arises that is of urgent or

critical importance. No one, including staff, is allowed to abuse you in any way. This includes beating

you, touching you in a sexual way, or trying to participate in sexual conduct with you. Such a situation

is an emergency. As you have already been told, you can and must report such incidents. Any time

that you do not feel safe while in this facility, you must immediately tell any staff member!


                                       COUNTS & MOVEMENT
Counts

Several times per day, we will count the number of youth in the facility. You must cooperate fully with

these counts. Misbehaving during a count, or interfering in a count in any way, is a very serious

disciplinary violation. Officers will give you instructions as to what you are supposed to do during a

count. Make sure that you follow their instructions completely. During a count, you may be asked to

stand by your room door, remain silent, and not move from that spot until the count is completed. You

may also be counted as you enter or leave your unit or the building. Counts are conducted for your

safety!


Movement

             You will be escorted wherever you go within this facility.      You will always walk as

             directed by staff. Never leave or enter any area without permission. Staff must know

             your whereabouts at all times. If you are somewhere you are not supposed to be, you

             may receive a disciplinary report. Also, remember that if you leave this facility without

authorization, you will be charged with escape.      Conviction of escape can lead to an additional

sentence. Escape is a violation of the law! Whenever you leave one area, you will be escorted or

monitored. Cooperate with the staff at all times during counts and movement.




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                                     PERSONAL HYGIENE & CLEANLINESS

                 It is your responsibility to keep yourself clean at all times.     You will be provided

                 needed supplies including soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, bath

                 cloths, towels and gender specific hygiene items. If there is an item you need, please

let staff know what that item is or tell your case manager.



Shaving is done with a safety razor that must be returned to staff when you are finished. Shaving

Procedure



A licensed barber provides haircut services on a scheduled basis. For males, hair will not extend

longer than 3 inches. For females, hair will be pulled off the shoulder and will not extend over the

eyebrows.



Clean linens will be issued once a week.        Laundry Procedure Clean underwear and socks are

provided daily. Linens and clothing may be issued at other times if sanitation problems arise that

require an additional issue. Please do not be embarrassed. If you need help with this, ask a staff

member in your unit. They will be glad to assist you.



You are expected to keep your room neat and clean at all times. This includes making your bed every

morning, sweeping and mopping the floor, and properly disposing of any trash. You will help in

keeping your unit clean.


                                           DRESS CODE
During your stay at this facility you will be required to follow the dress code. You will be required to

wear the state issued uniform. You must wear your uniform the way that it was intended and in a size

that fits you appropriately.




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                                      WORK DETAIL
                  While here, you are expected to keep your room clean and to help keep your living

                  unit clean and other areas of the facility. Your primary job is to attend school

                  each day! When you are not involved in school or other scheduled activities, there

                  may be opportunities to assist with other work projects. These work projects will

                  not interfere with your scheduled activities. You may volunteer or you may be

selected to help. Sometimes extra chores are assigned as a disciplinary sanction or you may lose the

chance to work because of misbehavior.




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               YOUR BASIC EXPECTED TREATMENT STANDARDS

1. To be free of unlawful discrimination because of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or
   disability, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition.
2. To be free of harassment because of race, religion, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age,
   national origin, or disability, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition.
3. To be free of bullying.
4. To send and receive mail.
5. To make and receive telephone calls.
6. To receive visitors.
7. To have contact with attorneys and other authorized legal representatives.
8. To have freedom in personal grooming and dress, except when it would conflict with facility
   requirements for safety, security, identification, or personal hygiene.
9. To file a grievance.
10. To be treated respectfully, impartially, and fairly, and to be addressed by name in a dignified and
   conversational form.
11. To be informed of the rules, procedures, and schedules of the facility within 24 hours of admission.
12. To be free from corporal punishment, physical abuse, assault, personal injury, or disease.
13. To be free from interference with the normal bodily functions of eating, sleeping or bathroom
   functions by any person.
14. To be free from mental or verbal abuse, intimidation, threats, humiliation, or property damage.
15. To be free from sexual abuse.
16. To practice your faith and to participate in religious services and religious counseling on a
   voluntary basis.
17. To vote (by absentee ballot) if 18 years of age or older. (To register, the youth must contact the
   Registrar of Voters in the county where he/she resided before confinement.)
18. To review your case record while in the facility.
19. To freedom of expression, as long as it does not interfere with the rights of others or the safety
   and security of the facility/program.
20. To due process in disciplinary proceedings.
21. To equal access to programs and services in co-correctional facilities or equivalent services
   among different facilities.
22. To maintain your physical, mental, and emotional health by exercising on a daily basis.

You may ask your counselor to further explain any of these rights.




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                                  YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES
1. To obey all federal and state laws at all times.
2. To respect peers and staff by obeying all legal and reasonable staff requests.
3. To refrain from bullying, harassment, and unlawful discrimination through the use of verbal abuse,
   ethnic slurs, slander, and/or obscene gestures.
4. To follow the rules, procedures, schedules, and directions of staff while in the facility/program.
   You must treat staff members and other youth with respect and not engage in activity that is
   designed to be disruptive to the living environment.
5. To clean and maintain your living quarters and other general areas of the facility.            You are
   expected not to damage public or privately owned property located within the facility.
6. To ask for mental health, medical and dental care when needed.
7. To maintain your clothes, body, and hair in a manner consistent with the facility requirements for
   safety, security, identification, and hygiene.
8. To refrain from infringing upon the rights of other youth and/or staff.
9. To obey all orders of the court, to remain in placement and to participate fully, to the best of your
   ability, to achieve the goals identified in the Individualized Plan of Care or Service Plan.
10. To promote the physical safety, sexual integrity, and personal security of others through the use of
   self-discipline.
11. To personally refrain from possessing contraband and to discourage others from possessing
   contraband.
12. To personally refrain from and discourage others from possessing or transmitting any kind of
   weapon or object which could be used as a weapon.
13. To personally refrain from and discourage others from possessing, using, buying, selling, or
   otherwise providing or having alcohol, tobacco, narcotics, or other illegal drugs, or from abusing
   any other substance as an intoxicant or stimulant.
14. To practice and encourage honesty in all interactions.




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                                               BULLYING
Bullying happens when someone hurts or scares another person on purpose and the person being
bullied has a hard time defending himself or herself. Usually, bullying happens over and over. Some
examples of bullying include:
       Punching, shoving, and other acts that hurt people physically
       Spreading bad rumors about people
       Teasing people in a mean way
       Getting certain people to “gang up on” others
There   are all kinds of reasons why someone might bully others. Whatever the reason, bullying is

something we all need to think about. Whether we've done it ourselves or whether friends or other

people we know are doing it we all need to recognize that bullying has a terrible effect on the lives of

young people. It may not be happening to you today, but it could tomorrow.

                               This facility does not tolerate bullying.

                          If you are being bullied, tell any staff member.

                  If you see anyone else being bullied, tell any staff member.

                    HARASSMENT & UNLAWFUL DISCRIMINATION
Harassment is when hurtful or upsetting things are said or done to people because of their race, age,

color, national origin, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, or disability.



Unlawful discrimination is when your rights are violated based on your race, age, color, national origin,

religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation and disability. If you feel that you have been unlawfully

discriminated against, you may file a grievance, or you may send your complaint to:

                                  Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice
                                        Director of Legal Services
                                          3408 Covington Hwy.
                                           Decatur, GA 30032
               This facility does not tolerate harassment or unlawful discrimination.
           If you feel that you have been harassed or unlawfully discriminated against,
                                           tell any staff member.
           If you see anyone else being harassed or unlawfully discriminated against,
                                           tell any staff member.
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                                                 ABUSE
Abuse is when someone is treated in a harmful way. It could be physical, sexual, emotional, verbal,

or any combination of these.

                             PRISON RAPE ELIMINATION ACT

The Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) mandates zero tolerance of all forms of sexual abuse. Your

participation in any form of sexual abuse will be investigated and is subject to sanctions and criminal

charges. All sexual behavior (even if you consent) is PROHIBITED while you are under the

jurisdiction/custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice. You and all other youth have the right to be

free from sexual abuse.

Reporting Sexual Abuse:

All DJJ staff, contract workers, volunteers and interns are required to keep all reports of sexual abuse

confidential, except to report the information to specific DJJ staff.



If you have been a victim of sexual abuse, have witnessed sexual abuse or have knowledge of any

incident of sexual abuse, you should report these incidents by:

    Completing a Help Request Form;

    Filing a Grievance;

    Dropping a note in the Director’s box;

    Telling a counselor, JCO, community case manager, medical staff, mental health staff, the

       Director, an Assistant Director, parent/guardian, chaplain or minister or any adult or friend that

       you trust.

All youth are protected from retaliation for reporting sexual abuse. Making false allegations of sexual

abuse may result in DJJ disciplinary actions and/or it may result in criminal charges being filed.

                                 This facility does not tolerate abuse.

                    If you feel that you have been abused, tell any staff member.

                            You will not be punished for reporting abuse.



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                                        HIGHER SIGHTS

                         BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
Higher Sights is a behavior management program designed to encourage you to change your

behavior. This program has three basic goals:

   1. To help you learn and use the skills and responsibilities necessary to become a mature and

       responsible young adult.

   2. To establish a clear, consistent, and purposeful rehabilitative program in order to assist you

       and staff in performing daily goals.

   3. To establish a safe and secure living environment that will help to bring about positive

       behavior change in you.



The program is a token economy system. You will earn points based on your behavior and active

participation in scheduled activities. These points are counted on a regular basis and used to assign

you to one of 5 Stages, each of which provides increasing privileges, incentives and responsibilities.

In addition, the points earned each week can be “spent” on items in the facility’s store and/or on extra

privileges. The store will be open at least once per week.



To get to the next stage in the program, you must have a certain number of points, complete your

written assignments, keep your rule violations to a minimum, and comply with the haircut and dress

code policies.




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Expectations of Youth at the Orientation Level                   Written Assignments                                                            Orientation Stage
                                                                                                                                                   White Card
  1.    Youth will actively and cooperatively participate        In order to advance to Adjustment Level, youth must
        in living unit programming                               complete the following assignments in addition to                             Point Requirements
  2.    Youth will participate in the development of his         earning 550 point over 4 weeks on their point card.



                                                                                                                                                 550
        treatment/service plan
  3.    Youth will attend academic school or vocational              Life Story/Autobiography – this will assists the
        classes daily                                                 youth in identifying past behaviors that have led
  4.    Youth will follow staff requests with no more than            to his/her current circumstances. The youth may
        one incident of refusal per week                              work on this individually, with a staff member, or
  5.    Youth will not fight with others or verbally                  with a youth “buddy” who is on Honors or             Youth must earn 550 points over the most recent 4-week period at
        threaten, or intimidate others                                Independent Level. Once completed, the youth           this level to be eligible for advancement to Adjustment stage
  6.    Youth will eat meals in the dining room unless                must share his Life Story with the UNIT
        directed otherwise by the facility Director or                MANAGER or designee.                                        (Approximately 20 points /day=1.5 points/period)
        designee
  7.    Youth must actively participate in all scheduled             Anger Management - S.E.A.L.S. + PLUS
        living unit activities including recreation, movies,
        groups, and other SCHEDULED activities as                    Getting to Know Your Anger
        determined by staff
                                                                                                                           Privileges for Youth on Orientation Stage
  8.    Youth are not allowed to participate in intramural           Anger Styles – Stuffing
        sports
                                                                                                                           There are no privileges for Orientation stage beyond the basic
  9.    Youth are not allowed to participate in volunteer            Anger Styles – Escalating                            rights and privileges as outlined in DJJ policy.
        activities with the exception of religious services
        if he/she so desires                                         Anger Styles – Managing I                                                        Reviews
  10.   Youth must earn 550 point over the most recent
        4 week period (approximately 20 point/day = 1.5              Anger Styles – Managing II                           Each new youth’s progress will be reviewed for level increase after
        points per period) to be eligible to advance to the
                                                                                                                           he/she has completed 4 full weeks on the Orientation stage. Major
        next level                                                   Anger Diary                                          or minor rule violations may result in a youth’s continued
  11.   Youth may have no more than two major rule
                                                                                                                           maintenance at the current level beyond the average monthly time
        violations and no more than 8 minor rule               Youth will repeat the assignment using option A or B if     period, particularly if he has been on Zero Point Status for any
        violations during the most recent 4 weeks in           previously completed in regular counseling sessions.        significant length of time. The treatment team members will review
        order to be considered for advancement to
                                                                                                                           each youth’s status at least monthly.
        Adjustment Level
  12.   Youth will go to bed by 8:30 pm in single cell
        living units
  13.   Youth may spend their free time playing
        approved games, reading approved materials,
        drawing, or writing
  14.   Youth may have one 5-minute phone call per
        week                                                                                                               Staff style during Orientation is DIRECTING: i.e., telling,
  15.   Youth may participate in religious services with                                                                   not yelling. Staff directs the youth in all aspects of his daily
        his living unit if he/she so desires                                                                               routine, including problem solving. Directing means
  16.   Youth will comply with the facility dress code
                                                                                                                           being concrete, consistent, and objective in verbal
        to be eligible for advancement to the next
        stage                                                                                                              statements to youth at this level. The youth is not allowed
  17.   Youth must comply with DJJ hair cut policy                                                                         any input or negotiation at this level.
        to be eligible for advancement to the next
        stage
Expectations of Youth on Adjustment Level                     Written Assignments                                                        Adjustment Stage Blue Card
                                                                                                                                             Point Requirements
 1.  Youth will consistently follow living unit rules         In order to advance to Transitional stage, youth must
 2.  Youth will follow staff requests                         complete the following assignments in addition to earning
 3.  Youth will continue to practice good hygiene
     skills and will conform to the dress code at all
     times
 4. Youth will actively participate in group therapy
 5. Youth will continue to refrain from becoming
     physically aggressive towards self or others (to
                                                              730 points over the most recent 4 consecutive weeks on
                                                              their point card:

                                                                   

                                                                   
                                                                        Assertion – S.E.A.L.S. + PLUS

                                                                        Female – Assertive (Macon YDC only)
                                                                                                                                                 730
                                                                                                                             Youth must earn 730 points over the most recent 4 consecutive
                                                                                                                                  weeks at this stage to be eligible for advancement to
     include no self-mutilation)                                                                                                                    Transition Stage.
 6. Youth will not fight or verbally threaten or                       Male – Assertive                                           (Approximately 26 points/day=2 points /period)
     intimidate others
 7. Youth will participate in all scheduled living unit                Ask – Don’t Assume!
     activities including all recreation, movies, groups,
     and other SCHEDULED activities as determined                      Assertion Dairy
     by staff
 8. Youth must earn 730 point over the most recent                     Assertion Rights                                  Privileges for Youth on the Adjustment Stage
     4 consecutive weeks at this stage
     (approximately 26 points/day = 2 points/period)                   Right to Change                                   Youth will have the privileges of Orientation Stage and:
     to be eligible for increase to Transition stage
 9. Youth will have no more than one major rule                        Saying “No”                                            1.   Youth will go to bed by 9:00 pm, in single cell living units
     violation and no more than 4 minor rule
                                                                                                                               2.   Youth may spend free time watching TV, or listening to the
     violations for the most recent 4 weeks prior
                                                                                                                                    radio/CD player if available
     to consideration for increase in Level                            Positive Thinking – S.E.A.L.S. IV                      3.   Youth may utilize points earned for the week to buy
 10. Youth will comply with the facility dress code
                                                                                                                                    Adjustment Stage items from the store
     to be eligible for advancement to the next
                                                                       “Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining”                      4.   Youth are eligible to have two 5-minute phone calls per
     stage
                                                                                                                                    week if family can accept collect calls or if youth has
 11. Youth must comply with DJJ hair cut policy
                                                                       Explaining Better Moments                                   available calling card minutes purchased by earned points
     to be eligible for advancement to the next
                                                                                                                               5.   Youth may participate in campus-wide intramural sports
     stage
                                                                       Uprooting Negative Messages                            6.   Youth may participate in volunteer activities as approved
                                                                                                                                    by the director of volunteer services
                                                                                                                               7.   Youth are eligible to attend the Campus Incentive Party
                                                                Youth will repeat the assignment using option A or B if             each month. Requirements for the Campus Incentive
                                                                previously completed in regular counseling sessions.                Party are:
                                                                                                                                              Youth must be on Adjustment Level or higher
                                                                                                                                              Youth must have received NO disciplinary
                                                                                                                                               reports (DRs) during the previous 4 weeks

                                                                                                                                                        Reviews
 Staff Style during Adjustment is COACHING:
 When using this style, staff still directs and tells youth                                                               Each youth’s progress will be reviewed for Stage Advancement after
 what to do in a consistent and firm manner. However,                                                                     he/she has completed 4 weeks on the Adjustment stage. Major or
 at this level, staff begins to offer advice, as well as                                                                  minor rule violations may result in a youth’s continued maintenance
 provide explanations and some feedback as the                                                                            at the current stage beyond the average monthly time period,
 youth perform their tasks. Staff also begins to                                                                          particularly if he has been on Zero Point Status for any significant
 encourage the youth to take on responsibility for their                                                                  length of time. A youth will not be eligible to advance to Transition
                                                                                                                          Stage if he/she has more than 1 major rule violation or more than 4
 actions.                                                                                                                 minor rule violations over the most recent 4 consecutive weeks.




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Expectations for Youth at the Transition Stage           Written Assignments                                                               Transitional Stage
                                                                                                                                              Green Card
1.  Youth will earn 1000 points over the most recent     In order to advance to Honor Stage, youth must
    4 consecutive weeks in order to be considered        complete the following assignments in additional to                              Points Requirements
    for advancement to Honors Stage                      earning 1000 points over the most recent 4 consecutive



                                                                                                                                         1000
    (approximately 36 points/day = 2.75                  weeks:
    points/period)
2. Youth must have no major rule violations and                   Apology Letter – In this exercise, the youth is
    no more than 2 minor rule violations in the                    required to write down and discuss with the
    most recent 4 week prior to consideration for                  counselor the offense that brought him into
    increase to Honors Stage                                       the facility. He should note the person that        Youth must earn 1000 points over the most recent 4 consecutive
3. Youth will continue to consistently follow living               was hurt the most, either physically or            weeks at this stage to be eligible for advancement to Honors stage
    unit rules and encourage peers to do the same                  emotionally. The youth is then required to               (Approximately 36 points/day=2.75 points/period
4. Youth will follow staff requests the first time                 write a letter (it needs not be mailed) to that
5. Youth will continue to practice good hygiene                    person. The letter needs to include an
6. Youth will actively participate in individual and               admission of guilt; a description of how that
    group therapy, engaging in honest discussion,                  person must have felt about the crime; a          Privileges for Youth at the Transition Stage
    and encourage others to do the same                            description of how the youth felt about having
7. Youth will attend school daily and maintain                     committed the crime; and an apology to the        Youth will have all privileges of Orientation and Adjustment stages,
    passing grades in all his classes as verified by               individual.                                       and:
    the school guidance counselor
8. Youth will attend and participate in all scheduled             Communication - S.E.A.L.S. III                         1.   Youth will go to bed by 9:30 p.m. in a single-cell living units
    and/or required living unit activities.                                                                               2.   Youth are eligible to make two 10-minute phone calls per
9. Youth will comply with the facility dress code                 Broken Record Technique                                     week if family can accept collect calls or if the youth has
    to be eligible for advancement to the next                                                                                 available calling card minutes purchased by earned points.
    stage                                                         Conversation Skills                                    3.   Youth are eligible to watch TV during free time
10. Youth must comply with DJJ hair cut policy                                                                            4.   Youth will be allowed to play computer games in the living
    to be eligible for advancement to the next                    Listening Skills                                            unit
    stage                                                                                                                 5.   Youth will be eligible to attend the monthly Incentive Party
                                                                  Set The Stage                                          6.   Youth may use points earned to buy Transition Stage
                                                                                                                               items from the canteen
                                                                  Passive Aggressive Traits
                                                                                                                                                    Reviews
                                                                  We Are People With…
                                                                                                                     Youth will be reviewed for advancement to Honors stage after 4
                                                                                                                     weeks. The youth must have 1000 points in the most recent 4
                                                                                                                     consecutive weeks, no major rule violations, and no more than 2
                                                        Youth will repeat the assignment using option A or B if      minor rule violations during that time to be considered for stage
                                                        previously completed in regular counseling sessions.         advancement. Youth must be on this stage to be considered for
                                                                                                                     release on his minimum release date.



                                                                                                                     Staff style during the Transition Stage is PARTICIPATING: Since
                                                                                                                     youth at this stage have shown greater responsibility for their
                                                                                                                     decisions and actions, they now take on more initiative to set their
                                                                                                                     own goals and objectives. As such, staff using this style should be
                                                                                                                     highly supportive of youth in their attempts to resolve problems. Staff
                                                                                                                     should continue to offer direction to youth as needed, but offer
                                                                                                                     advice only as it pertains to advancing youth as they progress in the
                                                                                                                     program. Staff encourages youth to set goals and begin to plan for
                                                                                                                     their future.




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Expectations of Youth at the Honors Stage                           Written Assignments                                                                        Honors Stage
                                                                                                                                                                Gold Card
     1.    Youth will earn 4800 points over the most recent 16      In order to advance to Independent Stage, youth must
           consecutive weeks (approximately 42 points/day =         complete the following assignments in addition to earning                               Point Requirements
           3.25 points/period) while on Honors Stage, and           4800 points in the most recent 16 consecutive weeks on their



                                                                                                                                                          4800
           weekly points will not drop below 250 on any given       point cards:
           week. If, on any given week the youth drops below
           250 points, he will be demoted to Transition Stage.            Letter to Parent/Guardian – youth will be asked to
     2.    If a youth commits a major rule violation while                 write a letter at least two handwritten pages in length to
           at the Honors Stage, the designated staff will                  his parents/guardian (that may or may not be mailed)
           assure that an investigation of the incident                    assuming full responsibility for his crime leading to
           occurs per DJJ policy. If hearing                               incarceration and detailing the steps he will take to        Youth must earn 4800 points over the most recent 16 consecutive
           officer/committee determines that the youth is                  avoid further legal problems post-release. He must            weeks while on Honors Stage, and weekly points will not drop
           indeed guilty of the major rule violation; the                  share the letter with peers in the Living Unit by reading     below 250 on any given week. If, on any given Week the youth
           youth will immediately be demoted to the                        it aloud in a group setting and answering questions and          drops below 250 points, he will be demoted to Transition.
           Transition Stage.                                               receiving constructive feedback from the group.                    (Approximately 42 points/day=3.25 points/period
     3.    Youth will continue to consistently follow campus            Stress Management – S.E.A.L.S. + PLUS
           rules                                                                o    Are You Under Stress?
     4.    Youth will follow staff requests the first time                      o    Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff
     5.    Youth will continue to practice good hygiene skills                  o    How I’m Going To Make Stress Work For Me?          Privileges for Youth at the Honors Stage
     6.    Youth will continue to actively participate in                       o    Stressors Hit Home
           individual and group therapy, engage in open and             Stress Management – S.E.A.L.S. II                              Youth may have all privileges of Orientation, Adjustment and
           honest disclosure, and encourage peers to do the                     o    Causes of Stress                                   Transitional Stages, and:
           same                                                                 o    Saving For Stress
     7.    Youth will be involved in no fights and will not                     o    Stress Cycle                                                 1.  Youth may stay up until 10:00 p.
           verbally intimidate or bully others                                  o    Stress- Pleasure Hierarchy                                   2.  Youth are allowed to play video games in the Living
     8.    Youth will attend and participate in all scheduled                   o    Letting Go Of Others Expectations                                Unit in the evenings
           and/or required living unit activities                               o    Letting Go of the Need to Control                            3. Youth will be eligible to make three 10-minute
     9.    Youth will actively work towards his High School             Stress Management – S.E.A.L.S. IV                                            phone calls per week if family can accept collect
           Diploma, GED or be pursuing technical training                                                                                             calls, or if the youth has available phone card
                                                                                o    Maintaining Forward Motion
     10.   Youth will provide leadership to other youth an be                                                                                         minutes purchased by earned points
                                                                                o    Managing Stress
           eligible to be a mentor for Orientation Stage youth                                                                                    4. Youth are eligible to watch TV during free time
                                                                                o    Overwhelmed
     11.   Youth may be asked to assist new youth with                                                                                            5. Youth may attend the campus Incentive Party each
                                                                                o    Stress Symptoms
           orientation to the campus                                                                                                                  month
                                                                        Emotions – S.E.A.L.S. IV
     12.   Youth will be expected to assist the living unit staff                                                                                 6. Youth are eligible to attend off-Living Unit and/or
                                                                                o    Challenging Anxiety
           in organizing and managing housekeeping duties                                                                                             off-campus activities as approved by staff and if
                                                                                o    Effects of Emotional Abuse
           and detail for the living unit.                                                                                                            DJJ criteria are met
                                                                                o    Emotions Plus
     13.   Youth will comply with dress code to be eligible                                                                                       7. Youth are allowed to listen to walkmans in their
                                                                                o    Feelings and Their Triggers
           for advancement to the next stage.                                                                                                         room during staff approved times
                                                                                o    If I could Write a Book
     14.   Youth will comply with DJJ hair cut policy to be                                                                                       8. Youth will be allowed to participate in any volunteer
                                                                                o    The Emotion Balloon
           eligible for advancement to the next stage.                                                                                                activities
                                                                        Youth will repeat the assignment using option A or B if                  9. Youth may wear hand-made necklaces
                                                                           previously completed in regular counseling sessions.
Staff style during the Honors Stage is Delegating: Staff                                                                                          10. Youth may be group leader in peer-run groups
                                                                           Must complete a minimum of one assignment per
supervises youth with direction. As the youth is now                                                                                              11. Youth is eligible to buy Honors Stage items from
                                                                           week.                                                                      the BID store with earned points
completing the Living Unit Program, he is able to demonstrate       Reviews
a high stage of responsibility and complete assignments and                                                                                       12. Youth is eligible for nomination to serve on the
                                                                    Each youth’s progress will be reviewed for Stage
activities independently with minimal supervision. Staff may                                                                                          Youth Advisory Council
                                                                    advancement after he/she has completed 16 weeks on the
allow youth a great deal of latitude and flexibility within the     Honors Stage. Minor rule violations will result in a youth’s
limits of YDC policies, procedures, and guidelines. A word of       continued maintenance at the current stage beyond the
caution about staff style at this point: staff is providing         average monthly time period. Major rule violations will result
minimal supervision and direction. However, staff must never        in the youth being demoted to Transition Stage. A youth will
relinquish the role as the responsible adult authority figure.      not be eligible to advance to next Stage if he/she has a major
                                                                    or minor rule violation over the most recent 16 consecutive
                                                                    weeks.

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                              FACILITY RULES & DISCIPLINE
Discipline

You are expected to follow the rules of this facility. Good behavior is expected of everyone and is

rewarded through the Behavior Management Program. We want each of you to do well and benefit from

rewards.   Negative (bad) behavior, or not following the rules, results in becoming involved in the

disciplinary process. A list of things that you are not supposed to do is shown below. They are listed as

rule violations. This facility never uses corporal punishment. Instead, a system of restrictions and on-

the-spot corrections is used to control minor behavior problems that do not warrant isolation. What is

used for rule violations?


Rule Violations

    Property violation                                   Youth on youth sexual harassment
    Nuisance contraband                                   occurring on DJJ property (regardless of
    Dangerous and/or illegal contraband                   age)
    Safety violation                                     Youth on staff sexual contact
    Refusal to Cut Hair/Shave                            Inappropriate sexual behavior
    Horseplay                                            Lewd and lascivious conduct
    Bullying                                             Obstruction of staff
    Harassment                                           Refusal to obey
    Gang-related activities                              Continued refusal to obey
    Aiding an escape or attempted escape                 Altering appearance
    Escape or attempted escape                           Threats
    Unauthorized presence                                Lying / willful deceit
    Riot or other major group disturbance                Disrespect/profanity
    Youth on youth physical altercation                  Exchanging food
    Youth on staff physical altercation                  Littering
    Intentionally throwing/propelling an item            Careless/reckless operation of tools,
    Youth on youth sexual penetration                     equipment, machinery
     occurring on DJJ property (regardless of             Improper use of medication
     age)                                                 Violation of victim’s rights
    Youth on youth sexual contact occurring on           Incitement
     DJJ property (regardless of age)
Remember, things that are against the law in the community are also against the law here. If you violate

a law here, additional charges can be filed against you.

If you violate a rule:

    1. Staff may deal with rule violations without writing a Disciplinary Report. They may provide verbal

        correction or restrict a privilege. If you are upset and misbehaving, staff may order you to stay in

        your room for up to one hour, which is called “cooling off.”

    2. Staff may also file a Disciplinary Report, which will result in a disciplinary hearing conducted by a

        hearing officer. Each report is investigated prior to the hearing.

    3. A hearing officer will conduct a hearing to determine if you are guilty of a rule violation. If you are

        found guilty, the hearing officer may impose a sanction (punishment). If you are found not guilty,

        the charges will be dismissed.

    4. You may appeal the findings and sanctions received in a disciplinary hearing.

    5. You may ask a staff member to assist you in the disciplinary hearing process. The staff member

        is called an advocate. They will explain the process and may present evidence and question

        witnesses on your behalf.

    6. In a disciplinary hearing, you have the right to present evidence on your behalf, to question

        witnesses through the hearing officer or an advocate can question them for you. You may attend

        the hearing. You may ask that certain witnesses be questioned at the hearing.


Sanctions For Violating Rules

     Staying in your room for up to 120 hours                 Extra chores

     Credit for time served                                   Loss of work duty privileges

     Verbal reprimand                                         Restriction from a specific activity

     Coaching                                                 Early bed

     Take away points                                         Counseling

     Not being able to purchase items for 7                   Writing assignments
      days
                                                               Referral to a specialized group
     Behavior Management or Closed Unit
      referral                                                 Formal legal charges

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                     No one is allowed to punish you by

           striking, spanking, or physically abusing you in any way.

                        If this happens, tell someone!



As long as you are a resident at this facility, always remember that if it
matters to you, it matters to staff. Staff are here to help you and you must
tell them when you need help.




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