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Juvenile Citation Program

The Juvenile Citation Program is an alternative program for youth offenders who commit a misdemeanor, petty misdemeanor, or status offense. The citation is screened by JPO and a referral is made to the Citation Program when it is determined that the youth is appropriate for services. The program provides youth an immediate consequence to their offense and diverts them from the formal juvenile justice system. The Juvenile Citation Program (JCP) is included in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Preventions Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders (DSO) Best Practices Database. National Best Practice means a program has demonstrated significant and measurable success, as evaluated by an independent research team.

The Juvenile Citation Program serves all of Dona Ana County and accommodates clients in English and Spanish. JCP is grant-funded by the State of New Mexico's Children Youth & Families Department along with matching funds from the City of Las Cruces. There is no fee to participate.

Juvenile Citation: Level One

A one-time, two hour course. Youth assigned to JCP I will complete up to 10 hours of community service.

Juvenile Citation: Level Two

JCP II is a 25-hour program consisting of three required components. Youth complete (1) gender-specific CHOICES group education, (2) individual and group community service, and (3) family education.

Juvenile Citation: Level Three

A 12-week program. Each week youth attend one social-skills building session as well as a second session that brings all clients together for a guest speaker presentation. Guest speakers represent local non-profit, government, education, and health and human services agencies. Youth in JCP III will also complete community service projects. The JCP III program will also offer opportunities for family and youth recreational activities.

Successful Completion

Youth who successfully complete the Juvenile Citation Program are "tracked" for a period of up to one year by JCP educators. Tracking visits typically occur either at the youth's school or by telephone."

Contact Information

890 N. Tornillo

Las Cruces, NM 88001

Tel (575) 541-2276