Why is this measure important?

The average daily population in a detention center is an important measure for several reasons.  Lower detention populations tend to result in a safer environment for the youth in detention as well as safer conditions for the staff that work in the facility.  In addition, staff have more time to devote to serving youth when the population is maintained at a manageable level.  Detention centers are built to serve only those youth that pose a threat to public safety.  Tracking population trends is important to ensure that only youth that meet this criteria are held in detention.

Strategic Plan Goal

Public Safety

Business Strategy

Increased Effectiveness

FY21 Target

65

# Population (Not to Exceed)

FY22 Target

65

# Population (Not to Exceed)



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Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) Screening, Assessment & Release Application (SARA); Run a report of from CYFD's SARA system


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Sum of daily population, divided by days in month




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Target is based on a manageable population level. YSC currently has agreements with 21 other counties to house their juveniles.  YSC, as a detention facility is an enclosed environment where individuals reside and work in close proximity. Both residents that are detained and those that watch them are at risk for airborne infections. The CDC’s recommendations for detention centers is to reduce the population as much as possible. As a result of COVID-19 we should continue monitoring and oversight of this strategic plan goal.


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