Interventions and Consequences, and Security Procedures

Interventions and Consequences

Consequences for negative behavior may include:

  • Loss of school points & fines.
  • Cool down.
  • Day room restriction or Permanent Day Room Restriction.
  • After school time may be assessed.
  • Lock down time (based on your behavior).
  • Special Incident Reports being forwarded to the District Attorney’s office and JSO staff.
  • Serious infractions may result in court action, i.e., revocation of probation and placement in detention.

If staff is contacted after school hours by a parent, guardian, or the surveillance officer regarding your behavior at home, you will be issued a purchase for wasting staff’s time.

Cool Downs:

Cool downs are used when you become agitated, frustrated, are disrupting others or not following instructions. You may request a voluntary cool down or staff may instruct you to take a cool down.  If a staff member tells you to go to a cool down, you are expected to go immediately to the area designated.  Cool downs allow you the opportunity to calm down and regain your composure.  Each cool down will last 15 minutes.  After you have regained your composure, staff will discuss alternative behaviors with you and then you will return to normal activities and continue your day.  You are allowed 2 staff instructed cool downs per shift, before day room restriction is issued.  You will receive day room restriction if you need to receive additional staff instructed cool downs. Voluntary cool downs(which you request) will not count against you for day room restriction unless staff determine you are using them to avoid participation in school or assigned activities.  As long as you continue to follow instructions, you will be able to return to class after 15 minutes.  If you refuse to go to a cool down or have to be physically helped, a security procedure will be called and additional consequences will be issued. Each cool down you take will cost $1.50 and be recorded as a purchase on your checkbook sheet.

Day Room Restriction: (DRR)

Day Room Restriction is used when you are unable to manage your behavior, continue to act out and are being generally disruptive, getting far behind on school work, and not responding to less restrictive alternatives such as teaching interactions or cool downs.  If you receive DRR during the school day, you will remain after school until at least 4:00p.m./1600 hours.  When you are on DRR, you are expected to complete all school work and eat all meals served in your assigned room.  The room door shall remain unlocked unless a Security Procedure is called or your behavior begins to deteriorate.  You will receive positive feedback on your checkbook sheet for following DRR expectations. DRR is assigned in 1 hour increments, if you fail to follow DRR expectations, your assigned time may be extended and/or you may be assigned lockdown time. Day Room Restriction is an opportunity for you to avoid lockdown. 

Expectations:

  • Stay in your room.
  • Ask permission before leaving your room.
  • Stay on task with assigned activities, i.e. school work, reading, copy work, or other approved activities.
  • Do not talk to youth outside of your room.
  • You will be allowed to take cool downs.
  • You are not allowed to sleep.
  • Your door may be propped completely or partially open depending upon your behavior.
  • You may be assessed a question deposit if you begin asking excessive questions.
  • You will receive a DRR check in report,  (The check in report is an opportunity to receive feedback for following expectations on DRR).
  • You will complete a youth thinking report (YTR) before exiting DRR.  Your YTR will need to be approved by staff.

 

Lock Down:

You may be placed into lockdown for any of the following reasons:

You are out of control.
You are refusing to obey reasonable and lawful requests.
You are behaving in a way that presents a threat to yourself or others.

How do I get off Lock Down?

  • The amount of time you spend in lock down will depend on you.      
  • If you are following expectations then you will be eligible to complete a Youth Thinking Report (YTR) to demonstrate that you understand the facility’s expectations and are ready to follow the program.  
  • Once you complete an acceptable YTR, you will able to exit lock down.
  • The decision about whether a YTR is considered acceptable or not is determined by Administration.  If you do not complete an acceptable YTR on your first try, you will be provided with as many opportunities as necessary to complete a satisfactory report.

Expectations:

If you do not follow lockdown expectations your time in lockdown will be longer.

  • You are expected to respond appropriately to staff.
  • Reading and school material may be allowed if your behavior is appropriate.
  • Shoes, sweats, pencils and checkbook sheets are not allowed in your room.
  • Prior to staff entering the room for meals, medication, etc., you will be expected to lie face down on the bed while locking your hands behind your head

 

Restraints:

Our goal at DCYS is to not have to restrain youth. If your behavior escalates to the point that you are creating an unsafe environment for everyone a security procedure will be called (see Emergency Procedures section). Once the security procedure is called all of your peers will be removed from the area to ensure their safety and provide you with some privacy while you try to regain your composure. We will request that you move to an assigned room under your own power. If you continue to refuse to move or act in a threatening manner toward others, you will be restrained. While you are restrained staff will place you in handcuffs, leg shackles or flex cuffs so that you can be transported safely to a room. You will only be restrained or remain in restraints as long as it takes staff to move you into a room, and ensure that you are safe. If you harm peers or staff members, a police report will be filed. You will be placed in lockdown until you can successfully complete a Youth Thinking Report.

Gang Activity:

There is ZERO tolerance for gang activity.  If you are caught in possession of, or produce gang writing or gang related drawings, using hand gestures of any kind (“Peace sign” “OK” “Thumbs up” “The Bird” etc.), using any gang related (or suspected gang related) slang or speech, symbols or symbolisms (i.e., wearing clothes in a certain manner, combing or braiding hair in a certain manner), your behavior will result in Day Room Restriction.  If you have any question about what is and what is not appropriate you need to ask a staff member.

Escape/Riot:

It is against the law to escape or riot, or attempt to escape from or cause/incite a riot in this facility.  Attempts to escape or riot, talking or joking about escape or riot will be recorded on a special incident report and forwarded to your probation officer, case manager, law enforcement, and the Courts.  The police may be contacted to file a police report and you may receive additional consequences.

  • Talking or joking about rioting or escape with any of the other students or facility residents is prohibited.
  • Knowing about a plan to riot or an escape plan, and not reporting it to staff, will result in consequences.
     

Tattooing:

You will not be permitted to tattoo, mark or write on yourself or others. If you arrive at school with a new tattoo it will be photographed and your JSO officer will be notified.

Grievances:

If there is a situation that occurs that you disagree with and you have followed the chain of command starting with the staff member involved and you still feel that the issue has not been resolved, you may file a grievance.  You may obtain a grievance form from staff to complete outlining your grievance.  Once you have completed the form, please turn it in to any staff member so it can be forwarded to Administration for review.  Your grievance will be reviewed with you by someone in Administration (Shift Supervisors, Operations Manager, Assistant Director, or Director).

DCYS Chain of Command

Director
Assistant Director
Operations Manager
Shift Supervisor
Officer in Charge
Corrections Officer  -- The chain of command starts here.

Security Procedures

When a resident or student behavior is escalating and they are refusing to go to a cool down or room, they are creating an unsafe environment.  To ensure your safety, staff will call a Security Procedure. 

Expectations:

  • Follow staff instructions.
    • This may include moving to another location in the building, or to your assigned room. It is important to follow staff’s instruction immediately to ensure everyone’s safety and so that the problem can be resolved quickly.
  • Do not ask questions.
  • No talking.
  • Move to the assigned location as quickly as possible.
    • You will be asked to face away from the incident/problem.
  • If you are in a room/cell:
    • Close your door and slide your pencil and checkbook sheet under your door.
    • Sit in your room quietly until the security procedure is over and staff let you out of your room.
    • Do not look out the window or push your intercom button
  • Once the problem has been resolved, you will be let out of your room.
    • Positive feedback will be given if you followed all instructions during the security procedure.
    • If you do not follow instructions, you will receive fines and may receive DRR or lockdown depending on the seriousness of their behavior. 
  • Residents/students who cause a security procedure will be placed in lockdown.
     

Positive feedback will be given to students who follow staff’s instructions immediately. Students who choose to feed into the problem will receive fines, DRR, lockdown, and possibly new charges. It is important to follow staff’s instruction immediately so that we can ensure your safety and the problem can be resolved quickly.