Day Reporting and Community Transition Programs

NNEDLearn 2014 Participant: St. Joseph Probate Court

Description: The Day Reporting Program is a family focused program providing services to moderate and high risk juveniles and families as a diversion from the placement of the juvenile in the Indiana Department of Correction, or other out of home, restrictive setting. The Day Reporting Program provides services to juveniles who need increased supervision while on probation. It is designed to assist and support each juvenile in satisfying their conditions of probation and to assist parents/guardians in providing the appropriate structure, supervision, and support for the juvenile under court supervision.

Moderate and high risk juvenile offenders who are placed at the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC), and selected for community transition, receive transition services to assist with their re-integration to the community. They begin working with a therapist from Keys Counseling Services before they are discharged from IDOC. Treatment Plans, based on risk and criminogenic needs, are in place before the juvenile returns home. Juveniles participate in the Day Reporting components of the program. The juvenile’s educational needs are assessed, and when appropriate, they are placed in the on-grounds school, Central Academy, for credit recovery or GED instruction.

The following are part of the program:

Psychoeducational Groups

  • Thinking For a Change
  • Positive Alternatives to Tough Situations (PATTS)
  • Safe Dates
  • Life Skills
  • Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens
  • Interactive Journaling


  • Community gardening
  • High Ropes / Obstacles Adventure Course
  • Community Volunteering
  • Educational tours
  • Fun community events
  • Program graduation celebration

Population of focus: Moderate and high risk juvenile offenders

Setting: Court

Level of focus: Individual, family


  • Since June 6, 2011, 161 juveniles have entered our program. 90 (60%) have successfully graduated the intensive programming.
  • Recidivism is at 18% in the group composing the 90 graduates.
  • The average number of days between graduation and re-offense is 211 for the sub-group of recidivists.
  • Scored 80 out of 100 on the first-ever site audit by the Indiana Department of Correction for compliance with evidence-based practices.