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front outsideWhen the court deems necessary through the pre and post hearing process, a juvenile found to be delinquent may be court ordered to a secure institutional setting.

Juvenile Justice Institutional Services is comprised of two major programs; the Youth Services Center and the Youth Detention Services Unit.

groundsJohn H. Sununu Youth Services Center

Juveniles placed in the Sununu Youth Services Center (SYSC) range in age from 13 to 17 years old. When a youth is committed to SYSC a systematic process is used to classify and assign youths to a secure residential unit where they participate in a prescribed behavioral program. The program encompasses academia, cottage life and group sessions. Progress in all three spheres is measured using a rating system with progress regularly communicated to the youth. Program completion and ultimate eligibility for release and parole from SYSC is determined by the youth's progress in addressing identified problem areas and program goals based on assessment by the youth's Program Team. The Program Team is comprised of a unit clinical coordinator, resident house leader, youth counselor, education representative, juvenile services officer, parent or guardian and the youth. The average length of stay prior to initial release from SYSC is 8-12 months.

A NH juvenile may be committed to the SYSC subsequent to being adjudicated as delinquent by a NH District Court.

 

John H. Sununu Youth Services Center Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Information

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003 is a Federal Law that was established to address the elimination and prevention of sexual abuse in correctional and juvenile facilities. PREA establishes a zero–tolerance, proactive and preventive standard for the incidence of sexual abuse in confinement settings in the United States.

 

 
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