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Welcome to the Juvenile Services

The Miami-Dade County Juvenile Services Department (JSD) is committed to the youth and families of Miami-Dade County

JSD allows representatives from law enforcement and social services to work together under one roof to provide a complete range of services for both at-risk youth and youth involved with the Juvenile Justice System.

Formerly known as the Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC), the facility has served as a centralized processing, referral, and evaluation center for over 195,000 juvenile arrests in Miami-Dade County, and operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Alternatives to youth arrests

Miami-Dade, Monroe and Pinellas counties lead the state in using a new program that aims to keep young people who commit minor crimes out of the juvenile justice system by allowing police to issue "civil citations" and prescribe community service or intervention programs, rather than arresting them, a new study has found.

Miami-Dade County Youth Commission travels to Washington, D.C.

Miami-Dade County Youth Commissioners travelled to our nation’s capital on June 2015 in order to meet with Florida legislators to discuss youth-related issues that impact the youth of South Florida as well as the nation.  

JSD Highlighted in National Juvenile Justice Arena

The Miami-Dade Juvenile Services Department’s (JSD) programming was highlighted as a ‘Promising Practice’ in a published report by the International Association of the Chiefs of Police (IACP) entitled ‘Law Enforcement’s Leadership Role in Juvenile Justice Reform: Actionable Recommendations for Practice and Policy’.

Juvenile Services Department receives 2014 Achievement Award

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The Miami-Dade Juvenile Services Department (JSD) was awarded the 2014 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award for its innovative Miami-Dade Juvenile Detention Alternative Program (MDJDA).  MDJDA is an ongoing collaborative partnership with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and our local Juvenile Justice stakeholders.

Data and Records

The Data & Records Unit specializes in maintaining records for all juvenile arrests in Miami-Dade County and are retained according to State and Federal guidelines. The Department’s Quest data/case management system has the capability of analyzing data and generating reports on numerous person and case variables.

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Miami-Dade County Youth Commission

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