The Department of Youth Services’ Central Region Reception Center (CRRC) was recently awarded the 2013 Manuel Carballo Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service. Presented annually, the Carballo award is given to the top 10 employees or groups of employees who exemplify the highest standards of public service.
In Worcester County, DYS converted the resources of a secure detention program into a community-based alternative; requiring flexibility, a willingness to try a new approach and a totally new work orientation for staff.
As a recognized site for the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI) – a national initiative that supports jurisdictions in reducing the use of secure programs for pre-trial detention youth, the Central Region Reception Center (CRRC) is succeeding in adopting JDAI’s principles of promoting changes in the juvenile justice system in order to:
- reduce reliance on secure confinement;
- improve public safety;
- reduce racial disparities and bias;
- save taxpayers’ dollars; and
- stimulate overall juvenile justice reforms
In 2007, WorcesterCounty faced the highest number of low-level juvenile offenders entering secure detention and since then, detention in WorcesterCounty has decreased 55%. The CRRC has worked closely with the courts, community agencies and foster care systems to reduce the number of detention admissions and has ensured that youth charged with low level offenses are safe, supported and able to return to court for required appearances.
Congratulations to Central Region Reception Center staff for being awarded the 2013 Carballo Award. For a complete list of state-sponsored performance recognition awards and their recipients, click here.