Johnson Youth Center

Johnson Youth Center

Johnson Youth Center is a 23-bed youth facility in Juneau. It provides space for 8 juveniles on short-term detention and 15 on long-term treatment.

JYC Detention

The Detention unit at JYC was built in the 1960s and was long insufficient to meet the security and programming needs of modern juvenile justice practices. The Legislature approved funding for a new Detention unit and construction began in 2010. The new unit was finished in February of 2013 and opened its doors for use in March. The construction included a renovation of the Juvenile Probation offices as well. The new unit allows more direct supervision of youth while providing an environment conducive to programming.

JYC staff is continuing to expand the Strength Based philosophy we operate under. Staff members build strong relationships with the youth we serve and use these relationships to deliver skills through groups such as anger management, drug and alcohol education, and life skills.

JYC Treatment

The Girl’s Treatment Unit (GTU) of the Johnson Youth Center is a secure, 12-bed facility. The average length of stay for a resident entering the program ranges from 12 to 18 months. The purpose of the unit is to provide a safe, secure and gender specific therapeutic environment for female residents that are institutionalized. GTU implements the Trauma Informed Effective Reinforcement System (TIERS) as a gender-responsive, research-based model that offers programs serving girls as an effective behavior management systems reinforcing positive, safe behaviors by applying innovative practices that are relational, trauma-informed and strengths-based.

During treatment we work with residents on their individual treatment needs while maintaining the focus of the Division of Juvenile Justice’s Mission. Residents are given various assessments and screenings which outline what they need to lead a successful and crime-free life.

In addition to their individualized programs, residents are required to complete core groups: Aggression Replacement Training (ART), Prime for Life (substance abuse education), and Acceptance Commitment Dialect -- which is a 16-session cognitive group to encourage the concepts of values, goals, and behavioral accordance with one’s objectives. These groups are important in fostering pro-social skills that will allow them to be productive members of society once they integrate back into the community.

After successful completion of these core groups, residents often build enough trust and gain the privileges of supervised community contact and an increase in overall autonomy.

The treatment team and transition case workers design and implement a 90-day transition plan to include post-secondary education, job placement, and independent living housing. Once completed with their successful transition plan, residents are released from State’s Custody.