Youth Development Center Commitment Projects

In an effort to determine whether there might be a need for committed juveniles to access legal counsel post-disposition, the Office of the Juvenile Defender ("OJD") reviewed the files of juveniles who were committed during 2007 and 2009 from selected counties. The purpose of the review was to determine whether commitments to youth development centers ("YDCs") were appropriate and in compliance with the Juvenile Code, or whether juveniles were being committed in error, i.e., without legal basis and/or for a maximum term of commitment that was not legally supported. OJD's findings are provided in the following reports.
2008 Youth Development Center Commitment Project Report

2009 Youth Development Center Commitment Project Report - Revised August 2011

Review of Juvenile File: Defense counsel can use the checklist as they review juvenile files. The checklist provides tips in an effort to reduce the likelihood of errors, and the commitment term table provides a guide to assist with determining maximum term of commitment. The file review spreadsheet is a form that can be used to record the review of the file.
Checklist for Identifying Errors
Maximum Length of Commitment Term Table
Juvenile File Review Spreadsheet
Motions to Return Cases to Court to Address Errors: Motions may be used by attorneys to return cases to court under 7B-2600 when there is a finding that a juvenile has been committed in error, i.e., without legal basis and/or for a maximum term of commitment that was not legally supported.
Motion to Modify Term of Commitment to Youth Development Center
Motion to Modify and Vacate Commitment to Youth Development Center
Administrative Office of the Court (AOC) New or Revised Juvenile Forms: To address problematic practices, OJD worked with a work group to create new AOC forms and revise existing AOC forms in an effort to reduce the likelihood of errors. New/revised forms are below:
AOC-J-241 Motion For Review (Undisciplined - Delinquent)
AOC-J-461 Juvenile Level 1 And 2 Disposition Order (Delinquent)
AOC-J-469 Worksheet Delinquency History Level
AOC-J-480 Juvenile Order on Motion For Review (Probation Violation)
AOC-J-481 Juvenile Order on Motion for Review (Other Than Violation)
AOC-J-482 Juvenile Order on Motion For Review (Post-Release Supervision Violation)
Other Resources:
Article - Defending Against Extensions of Commitment
Decisions Involving Juveniles Committed to a Youth Development Center