The Evening Reporting Center (ERC) was developed as an alternative to secure detention as part of the Juvenile Detention
Alternatives Initiative (JDAI). JDAI was developed in 1992 by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. JDAI core strategies include
the reduction of unnecessary and inappropriate secure detention, reduction of costs, increased system fairness, and improvement
of the juvenile justice system without a compromise in public safety. The Annie E. Casey Foundation officially accepted the
State of Kansas as a JDAI site in 2011. There are five counties in Kansas that are participating in this initiative: Johnson,
Sedgwick, Wyandotte, Douglas, and Shawnee. Together these five sites account for nearly 75% of all local detention beds.
Johnson County has formed a JDAI Collaborative Planning Group. This group has examined local data and learned that substantial
portion of our local detention population is comprised of youth who are in technical violation of probation. The Evening Reporting
Center was developed to specifically target this group.
Evening Reporting Centers are effectively being utilized in other JDAI sites across the nation as a means of offering structured,
supervised activities during high-risk time periods. The Johnson County ERC was developed for youth who are in violation of probation
and/or House Arrest and are at risk of being placed in the Juvenile Detention Center. Our local ERC is open from 3:30-8:30 PM Tuesday-Friday.
We provide supervision and programming for at-risk, adjudicated youth. Programming includes, but is not limited to, physical activity,
educational assistance, employment skills, social skills, substance abuse services, healthy relationships, and cognitive interventions.
Dinner is provided nightly. Parent cooperation is required. Transportation is available if needed.
The ERC is made possible through community collaboration. Our local community partners have aided in the implementation of ERC by offering
group facilitation, transportation, mentoring, meals, and facilities. Partners include:
- Salvation Army
- Johnson County Mental Health
- Jai Michaels Group
- Olathe Public Schools
- Local Faith Community
- Johnson County Public Library
- Workforce Partnership
- Johnson County Health Department