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Mission Statement, Introduction and Physical and Sexual Abuse Policy

Rights of Youth

While you are a resident in detention your rights shall be protected.  It is the official policy of Douglas County Youth Services that youth in our care shall be free from discrimination based on race, culture, religion, national origin, sex, disability or any other factor prohibited by law.  Any youth with a bona fide complaint that he or she has been discriminated against in violation of this policy shall promptly report such alleged discrimination to an Administrator.

Physical and Sexual Abuse

Douglas County Youth Services has a zero-tolerance policy with respect to physical and sexual abuse.  Residents are encouraged to report physical or sexual abuse, verbally or in writing to any staff member.    

  • You will be taken seriously, treated respectfully, and protected from harm or retaliation.
  • You will immediately be separated from the alleged perpetrator.    Your report will be investigated.
  • Any person who has been found to engage in physical or sexual abuse shall be disciplined and may be subject to prosecution.

 

Mission Statement

This facility is established to provide short term care in secure custody to juveniles who are accused or adjudicated pending court action or awaiting transfer to another facility and who cannot be served in a non-secure setting. Specifically the facility shall:

  • Provide for the juvenile’s basic needs, such as shelter, food, clothing and medical care.
  • Prevent the violation of juveniles’ legal rights during his/her detainment at the facility.
  • Provide for the physical, emotional, religious, education and social needs of juveniles during detainment.
  • House juveniles in a safe, humane environment, while maintaining the level of security necessary to prevent escape, and assure that juveniles live free of fear of assault or intimidation.

Introduction

This facility is a temporary holding facility for alleged juvenile offenders, traffic violators, and youth ordered here by the court. It serves 13 counties in northeast Kansas and is operated and staffed by the county government of Douglas County, Kansas. All of the youth in this facility are here for a variety of reasons. We encourage you to respect the privacy of others who reside or attend school here.

We must work together to provide an environment which is safe and as pleasant as can be expected under the circumstances. You will find that life in detention is very structured and each youth has responsibilities to be performed. This keeps things running smoothly.

During your stay, you will learn to take responsibility not only for your assigned tasks, but for your behavior. We will help you learn to control your behavior by placing a monetary value on it. You will maintain a checkbook balance, being paid for appropriate behavior and fined for inappropriate behavior. Your behavior will determine your check book balance and level. If you treat others with respect, and follow the rules you will succeed.

The Keys to success at DCYS are:

  • Be Responsible

  • Be Respectful

  • Be Safe

On the following pages, the rules and expectations of the facility are explained.  Remember that it would be impossible to put all of the rules in writing.  You are expected to follow staff’s instructions.  If you have any questions regarding the rules and expectations, please check with a staff member.