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In the fall of 1993, following Denver’s Summer of Violence, the Jefferson County District Attorney convened a juvenile summit to help find better ways to respond to youth in the justice system. Participants included representatives from the District Attorney's Office, Department of Human Services, law enforcement, the school district, Jefferson Center for Mental Health, judges, parents and teens.
During the summit, the juvenile assessment center concept was developed because everyone agreed we needed a front-end approach to deal with at-risk juveniles entering the justice system. Over the next 18 months, the group planned each agency’s role and discussed how the center would be funded.
In 1994, also in response to the Summer of Violence, Senate Bill 94 was passed requiring that money be provided to the front end of the juvenile justice system to help reduce violent crime and juvenile recidivism.
The Jefferson County Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) opened its doors in 1995. The R-1 School District contributed the property and temporary buildings on Johnson Road where the JAC was housed for more than a decade. A federal grant and Senate Bill 94 funds helped county officials begin providing critical services to juvenile offenders. Funds were also provided by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, R-1 School District, District Attorney's Office, Jefferson Center for Mental Health and the Department of Human Services.
The Juvenile Assessment Center is now housed in the Remington Building, where all the county's juvenile justice services are located under one roof. JAC staff, Juvenile Diversion staff and Juvenile Probation staff work together to provide an immediate response to juveniles at the front end of the justice system to better reduce violent crime and redirect youth to lead more productive lives.
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