DeWarren K. Langley ’11, was appointed to the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) by the Durham Board of County Commissioners during the regular meeting on February 27, 2012 with a term expiration of June 30, 2012.
The JCPC is charged with studying and assessing the needs of the juvenile population within the county and making funding recommendations for needed services to the Durham County Commissioners for the expenditure of intervention/prevention funds which are appropriated by the General Assembly.
Each year, the JCPC conducts a planning process which includes a review of the needs of juveniles in Durham County who are at-risk of delinquency or who have been adjudicated undisciplined or delinquent and review the resources available to address those needs. The JCPC then prioritizes community risk factors for youth, for families and for the community and determine the services needed to address those problem areas. The JCPC develop and advertise a request for proposal process and submit a written plan of action for the expenditure of juvenile sanction and prevention funds to the Durham Board of County Commissioners for its approval. In addition, the JCPCs evaluates the performance of programs for juveniles and the services they provide, works to increase public awareness of the causes of delinquency and of strategies to reduce the problem, develops strategies to intervene and appropriately respond to and treat the needs of juveniles at-risk of delinquency and provides funds for services for treatment, counseling, or rehabilitation for juveniles and their families.
Langley says, “it is with humility and honor to be appointed to serve on the JCPC. I will in collaboration with the members of the JCPC, Durham Board of County Commissioners, youth and other relevant stakeholders to accurately identify and assess the needs of youth in Durham County, evaluate resources available and make recommendations for additions and/or modifications to develop effective solutions and results oriented strategies to intervene and response to youth needs in the criminal justice system. By working directly with youth and relevant stakeholders, we exponentially improve the potential of effectiveness to reduce the problems and provide viable alternatives for our youth.”