The Family Court Division's Community Outreach Committee coordinates presentations at schools about delinquency prevention and the juvenile justice process.
Juvenile Delinquency Assistant Corporation Counsels (ACCs) visit local schools and give presentations during regularly scheduled classroom sessions. These efforts help to provide both students and educators with useful knowledge regarding public safety concerns. Students are given the opportunity to speak with attorneys who have first-hand knowledge of the juvenile justice system.
The Law Department typically offers an interactive presentation that provides an overview of the juvenile justice system. The presentations include sample fact patterns designed to teach students about the dangers of negative peer associations and possible liability for helping others commit crimes.
In addition, ACCs in the Law Department's Interstate Child Support Unit interact daily with child support agencies, law offices, and courts throughout the country. The ACCs' experience and knowledge is transferrable and often applicable to local cases. To help further the Law Department's mission and benefit the community, a Child Support Presentation geared toward parents is also available.
As part of the Law Department's continued effort to prevent juvenile delinquency and to promote positive case outcomes, the Family Court Division is implementing a community prosecution initiative. Community prosecution is a proactive, neighborhood-based response to juvenile crime. Through the program, Family Court Division attorneys, supervisors, and staff may be matched to specific precincts or neighborhoods. Division staff may engage in community outreach including presentations in neighborhood schools as described above. Division staff may also collaborate with police precincts, school officials, community organizations, or other service providers in order to address juvenile delinquency, promote public safety and better assess victim needs.