The Juvenile Citation Program (JCP) 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. The JCP provides a series of diversion programs for at-risk youth who commit a misdemeanor or status offense or in need of positive health and personal development.
The role of the program is to provide youth an immediate consequence to their offense and to divert them from the formal juvenile justice system. Youth (ages 12 to 18) in the City of Las Cruces and surrounding areas of Doña Ana County are eligible to participate in the diversion programs offered.
Entering the Program
Youth with Class 3 Citations issued by law enforcement are sent to the Juvenile Probation and Aftercare Office (JPO). The citation is screened by JPO and a referral is made to the JCP when it is determined that the youth is appropriate for services. The JCP also serves at-risk youth from other agencies/organizations such as the Las Cruces and Gadsden Public School District, 3rd Judicial District Court, and the Public Defender’s Office, as well as direct referrals (walk-ins).
Topics addressed in the JCP sessions are:
Adolescent mental health
Alcohol and drug use, abuse and prevention
Employment and continuing education
Teen dating violence
Upon Successful Completion
All youth who successfully complete the JCP are monitored for a period of 3 to 12 months by JCP community educators. During this period, the educators will contact the youth to see how they are doing at home, in the community and at school. School attendance and grades are monitored. Referrals to outside resources can be made on behalf of the family as particular needs arise.
Program Reach & Funding
The Juvenile Citation Program serves all of Doña Ana County. The Citation Program is grant-funded by the State of New Mexico’s Children Youth and Families Department and the City of Las Cruces general fund.