Program Information

Acceptance into the Early Age Program

An interested parent and youth:
  • Must express interest in the program. Youth may be referred by an outside agency or parent.
  • Contact Early Age Intervention Office at 687-6311 to schedule an intake.
If youth qualifies for Early Age Intervention:
  • A letter will be sent to home and potential candidate will have five days to respond.
  • The youth may not have any prior criminal convictions in any jurisdiction.
  • Early Age Intervention is voluntary and parents and youth must be willing to cooperate with program requirements.
  • Completing Early Age does not disqualify a youth from enter the Juvenile Diversion Program later on.
  • Successful completion of Early Age insures no record of conviction if a criminal charge is pending.

Requirements of Early Age Intervention

  • Must maintain passing grades in all classes
  • Participate in weekly educational groups
  • Complete assigned community service hours
  • Pay restitution and submit an apology letter to the victim of the crime, if applicable
  • If necessary, have parent involved in counseling, parenting classes, and home visits
  • Complete a jail tour
  • Abide by a curfew and other requirements of the Early Age Intervention contract

Facts About Our Kids

Key findings by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP):
  • Child delinquents are two to three times more likely to become serious, violent, and chronic offenders then adolescents whose delinquent behavior begins in their teens.
  • Arrest rates of child delinquents changed between 1988 to 1997 with a 45% increase for violent crimes and a stifling 156% increase for drug abuse violations.
  • The number of cases disposed by juvenile courts involving child delinquents (age 12 or younger) increased by 33%.
  • Aggression appears to be the best predictor of delinquency up to age 12.
  • Risk factors for offending at a young age are more likely to be biological, individual, and family factors.
  • Peer rejection is a risk factor for antisocial behavior.
  • Delinquent siblings can greatly encourage a child to become delinquent.