The service culture
and daily living experiences support personal growth, rehabilitation, and positive behavior.
Rules and expectations are:
- clearly conveyed to youth and personnel; and
- enforced in a fair and consistent manner.
The organization maintains a therapeutic culture that encourages positive, respectful, and supportive interactions between:
- youth and personnel; and
- youth and their peers.
Personnel should also strive to anticipate, manage, and reduce the incidence of bullying and other unsafe, negative, or anti-social peer interactions.
Note: The training
and activities addressed in JJC 10 should support the development of the positive, pro-social culture described in this standard.
The organization maintains an accurate and readily-accessible schedule of services, and youth spend their days engaged in meaningful programming and activities.
Treatment, services, and activities are appropriate for and sensitive to youths’ age, developmental level, language, gender, race, ethnicity
, religion, sexual orientation, and past experiences of trauma.
Note: See the Research
Note to JJC 7.06.
Youth have opportunities to participate in activities appropriate to their skills and interests, including:
- sports and athletic activities;
- cultural enrichment activities;
- social activities; and
- religious services.
The organization evaluates youth for their ability to participate in recreational activities, and obtains a medical records release, or a signed document from a qualified medical professional stating that a youth is physically capable of participating in sports and athletic activities.
Youth have the right to:
- receive visits;
- make telephone calls; and
- send and receive mail.
The organization should allow for privacy in visits, phone calls, and correspondence to the extent possible and appropriate. Mail may be screened for contraband, but should not be read for content without due cause. All mail inspections should be done in the youth’s presence. Correspondence with attorneys may be inspected for contraband but should not be read, and phone calls and meetings with attorneys should not be monitored. Youth should be informed of the organization’s policies and procedures
regarding visits, phone calls, and correspondence, and advised of any limitations on privacy.