Juvenile Crime Prevention Council
The Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) consists of 26 members who are appointed by the Board of Commissioners.
Appointments are made for two-year terms. Except for ex officio members required by state statute to serve on the Council, members may be reappointed two additional terms with a total limit of six years service.
Membership shall represent all geographic areas of the County. The voting membership, which is up to 26 members, shall include if possible:
- 2 persons under age 18 (one of whom is a member of the State Youth Council)
- Chief Court Counselor or designee
- Chief District Court Judge or designee judge
- Chief of Police
- County Commissioner
- County Manager or designee
- Director of Mental Health or designee
- Director of Social Services or designee
- District Attorney or designee
- Health Director or designee
- Juvenile defense attorney
- Local School Superintendent or designee
- Local Sheriff
- Member of the business community
- Member of the faith community
- Parks and recreation representative
- Substance abuse professional
- United Way or nonprofit agency representative
- Up to 7 members appointed by the County Commission
Membership term of office shall be July through June. The JCPC committee shall recommend to the Commissioners a replacement to fill an unexpired term.
The purpose of the council is to assess the needs of at-risk youth in Burke County giving particular attention to the offenders on a continuing basis. They also assist the county in planning delinquency prevention programs and recommending community-based alternatives to becoming involved in the justice system. Finally, they evaluate programs receiving community-based alternatives funds or recommend new programs for JCPC funds to meet the continued need.