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Juvenile Delinquency Alternative Program

The Miami-Dade County Juvenile Delinquency Alternative program (J-DAP) is a diversionary alternative to formal court involvement and supervision, developed by JSD and the Department of Juvenile Justice, to serve those youth who are determined to  be at most risk of re-offending based on the pre-eligibility criteria identifying issues with school behavior and performance problems, family concerns substance abuse, pre-delinquent behaviors and who are less than fifteen years of age at the time of offense.  The program accepts first time eligible felonies and first time violent misdemeanor offenders, first time misdemeanor or second time misdemeanor offenders.

J-DAP youth are assessed by the Department of Juvenile Justice as being at high risk of becoming serious or chronic offenders. Youth complete non-judicial sanctions and intensive services to increase responsible behavior, protect the public, and reduce recidivism. The J-DAP program is designed to provide meaningful diversionary and dispositional alternatives to the Department of Juvenile Justice and State Attorney. J-DAP serves male and female youth under the age of 18 years of age, who are referred from the Department of Juvenile Justice for delinquent acts.

With an average length of stay of three (3) to six (6) months, the MDJSD J-DAP program provides case management services to those youth and their families. It is believed that targeting these potential chronic offenders for effective and early intervention services, the J-DAP Program can have a great impact in reducing juvenile crime and its associated costs in human and fiscal terms. The MDJSD J-DAP program provides an individualized program of supervision, monitoring, community services, education, and sanctions as provided under contract through the Department of Juvenile Justice.  The MDJSD J-DAP includes rules, requirements, conditions programs and services designed to protect the community, encourage responsible behavior and promote the rehabilitation of each youth.

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