The Sandoval County Juvenile Justice Program is working to decrease the incidence of delinquency in our community, provide proper alternatives to detention while increasing the emphasis on prevention and early intervention in Juvenile Justice Services.
Sandoval County Juvenile Justice Program is funded by The State of New Mexico, Children Youth and Families Department and provides the follow activities:
- Reception Assessment Center (RAC) -The Sandoval County RAC Programs have sites within Rio Rancho Public Schools, Cuba Independent Schools and Bernalillo Public Schools. RAC is a program that provides an early intervention opportunity for youth that are in police custody for non-detainable offences. Services include an intake interview; a juvenile justice needs assessment, crisis intervention and case management for at-risk youth. RAC works closely with Jaw enforcement and juvenile justice personnel by providing the community with an alternative to detention.
- Alternative to Education Setting (AES) & Learning Labs – Sandoval County AES Program serves and is located in the Rio Rancho Public Schools. Learning Lab programs serve Cuba Independent Schools and Bernalillo Public Schools and are located at these sites. These school based programs provide a sheltered learning environment for at-risk students who have been suspended. Program Teachers work with youth to determine their service needs and help youth meet their academic goals until they can return to their schools and classrooms.
- Victim Offender Mediation Program (VOMP) – The Sandoval County Victim Offender Mediation Program will provide offenders and victims of crimes a chance to meet together face to face to allow juvenile offenders the opportunity to admit responsibility and take accountability for their actions in an effort to make things right. Dialogues offer the opportunity for those who commit offenses to make personally meaningful restitution to their victims. This process reaffirms them as members of the community, thereby decreasing the likelihood that they will re offend. Participation empowers victims, offering closure and providing peace of mind. This service enables schools, courts, juvenile probation and police to help youth peacefully resolve conflict at the community level.