Community Justice Conference (CJC)
This restorative justice project is an innovative approach to resolving judicial matters between a first-time youth offender and the alleged victim. While in this program, the youth will understand the consequences of and make restoration for their delinquency. CJC partners with the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program at Fresno Pacific University to provide a structured, ten-week program that is nationally recognized and uses an evidence-based, early intervention model. Trained mediators work with the youth offenders, their families, and role models and/or supporters. Collaboratively, they help the youth with skills-building and empowerment strategies to help them understand the consequences of their actions. Restitution involves the youth making amends for their delinquency to their families and communities in addition to their victims. Successful completion of this program results in a dismissal of the case.
Juvenile Drug Court (JDC)
The Juvenile Drug Court employs a non-adversarial, collaborative approach and offers an alternative to incarceration to youth charged with a drug offense and dealing with drug abuse issues. This is a minimum 6-month program wherein participants attend outpatient substance abuse rehabilitation.
This court is designed to serve a growing number of youth trafficked throughout Fresno County. This new program will coordinate a continuum of restorative treatment and supportive services for trafficked youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice or child welfare systems as well as those who are at high risk for exploitation. Services include but are not limited to housing, mental health and substance abuse counseling, and mentoring. A youth is eligible to apply for this program at any point during their case.
Family Behavioral Health Court (FBHC)
FBHC is a voluntary program for minors involved in the juvenile justice system and who have a mental health disorder. The mental health disorder must have contributed to the delinquent behavior. In order to participate in FBHC, the minor must be found eligible and suitable for the program. Youth who have an acute mental illness who can be served in an intensive community-based program are admitted into this program. The program goals are to improve public safety, reduce recidivism, and improve mental health access and treatment. The Justice Partners work together to provide oversight, assessment and treatment, probation supervision, educational support and family support to rehabilitate youth to avoid future criminal activity.