Detention Alternatives Program

Mission Statement
The purpose of detention alternatives is to provide options to the Juvenile Court in sentencing juveniles to confinement. These sentencing options are designed to hold the juvenile accountable for their actions in an environment outside of traditional secure detention. The aim of detention alternatives is to develop confinement programs that are issue focused, less expensive, and reduces the population of secure detention. The main objective of detention alternatives is to maintain community safety, assign appropriate consequences, and provide growth opportunities for the participants.

Program Alternative to Secure Sentencing (PASS)
PASS is a detention alternative that operates as a day reporting program. Staff supervises the participants during the day and the voice verification system monitors them during the evening hours. A certified teacher is provided by the Northwest Educational Service District 189.  GED Sims testing is available to PASS participants. When applicable, Juvenile Court corrections officers (JCCOs) assist with bridging participants back into their community schools and obtaining a GED. This program operates Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

After School Alternative Program (ASAP)
ASAP is the detention alternative that operates as an evening reporting program. It recognizes the importance of permitting the participants to attend their community school and credits them for their school attendance. ASAP participants are picked up after school, provided life skills education, and supervised in the performance of related community service activities. After hours, ASAP participants are monitored by the voice verification system. This program operates Monday through Wednesday, 2:30-8 p.m.

Special Weekend Alternative Program (SWAP)
S.W.A.P. is the detention alternative that operates as a weekend reporting program. It recognizes the importance of permitting the participant to attend their community school and engage in healthy and constructive activities during the week. Participants in SWAP are provided life skills education and supervised in the performance of community service activities. After hours, SWAP participants are monitored by the voice verification system.

This program operates Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Drug Court Alternative Program (DCAP)
DCAP is a detention alternative that operates as a weekend reporting program for Drug Court participants. It recognizes the special needs of the drug affected juvenile and the Drug Court Program. Drug and alcohol testing is provided as needed. Participants in DCAP are supervised in the performance of physical labor. After hours, DCAP participants are monitored by the voice verification system. This program operates Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Juvenile Educational Transition Services (JETS)
JETS is the detention alternative that offers goal based support, including an educational alternative and job procurement services to at-risk youth.  Working in conjunction with the Everett School District, and a Transitional Specialist provided by the Northwest Educational Service District 189, at-risk youth can be court ordered into the program for up to 6 months and receive assistance with preparing for and/or receiving a General Education Diploma or transitional services back into a community school.  After hours, JETS participants are given a curfew call or are monitored by the voice verification system, all depending on the court’s intent. This program operates during PASS and ASAP hours.

Voice Verification System Stand Alone - House Arrest
Voice verification monitoring is a computer-based, telephone system. It is designed to assist in monitoring a juvenile ordered to home confinement. A digital template of the juvenile’s voice is made then compared for compliance. It can be programmed to randomly telephone a juvenile multiple times throughout the day. Voice verification is commonly used in conjunction with other programs, but may be used as a stand-alone program.

Day-for-Day Credit
Participants ordered to PASS may receive classroom instruction and earn day-to day credit while attending their community school. In qualified cases, juveniles may leave their home to attend classes and then return home to be monitored on house arrest. Program staff will verify a participant’s school attendance for compliance. This program operates on a community school schedule.