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 Juvenile Crime Prevention Council funds to meet the continued need.
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 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
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.