PROGRAMS:  The programs the Juvenile Office uses will change from time to time depending on the needs of the children and community, as well as our having the funds available to provide the programs. 

The following is a list of the major programs in use at this time:

  • The 33rd Circuit Juvenile Office and Sikeston R-6 Public School District have partnered together to open a Suspension Alternative Program to serve as an alternative for students who would otherwise be serving a long term out of school suspension. (any suspension greater than 10 days).  This program provides students who would otherwise not earn any credit while suspended an opportunity to earn credit through an online credit recovery program approved by the Missouri Department of Education. The planning for this program started back in October of 2018.

    This program has the capacity to educate up to 12 students at any one time and runs Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm.  The students work independently and at their own pace on a designated laptop.  Program personnel have obtained their teaching certificates from the Department of Education in order to meet state requirements.

    It is the hope of the Juvenile Office and the Sikeston R-6 School District that this program will help lower the dropout rate, end the school-to-prison pipeline and assist students in becoming productive members of the community.

    A special thanks to Ultimate Flooring Company and Sonny’s Solid Waste for their help in making this endeavor possible.

  • http://www.misscomo.net/officedirectory/juveniledivision.html

    The Mississippi County Regional Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) opened in 1999 and is a 16-bed secure detention center located in Charleston, Missouri.  Juveniles held in the facility are placed here either by a Juvenile Officer, Court Order, or the Division of Youth Services.  Numerous counties from southeast Missouri use the JDC.  The JDC consists of two “pods” which can hold a maximum of eight juveniles in each pod.  Males and females are housed in different pods and there is no contact between the genders.  A control room is located between the pods which affords unobstructed observation of the dayroom and sleeping rooms of each pod; the control room also controls entry/exit via remotely operated doors to all areas of the JDC where the juveniles are housed.

    The JDC has its own classroom staffed by a teacher from the Charleston Public Schools to provide for the education of the juveniles while in detention.  The JDC staff also provides, in addition to formal education, many different programs for the juveniles such as Socialization Skills, Problem Solving, Understanding the Cycle of Offense, Anger Management, and other life skills lessons.  The JDC also offers juveniles the privilege of access to a small Library, dayroom TV (channels are selected and monitored by staff) and a few computers (no internet access) which the juveniles may use during certain times.

    Our detention center uses the Cognitive Behavior Training (CBT) Program, which is an OJJDP Model Program, to provide a program of short-term education and cognitive skills building which offers juveniles the opportunity for success and the development of a positive self-image, gives frequent and accurate feedback for both positive and negative behavior, reduces/eliminates negative role models and negative peer support, and encourages the use of problem-solving and stress management strategies to address current problem areas.

    The purpose of the JDC is to facilitate the care, protection, and secure detention of juveniles who come within the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Code.  Each juvenile placed at the JDC shall receive the care, guidance, and control to serve both the juvenile’s welfare and the best interests of the state. When such juvenile is removed from the control of the juvenile’s parents/guardians, this facility shall render him care as nearly as possible equivalent to that which should have been given the juvenile by the juvenile’s parents/guardians.   All policies and procedures of the JDC are designed in keeping with the child welfare policies of this state, the state standards for juvenile detention facilities, and Supreme Court Rules.  

    David McDermott

    Assistant Superintendent
    Iric Farmer

    Administrative Assistant
    Mary Jane Jones

    Detention Juvenile Officer/ Supervisor
    Linda Moore
    Phillip "P.E." Turner

    Other Staff
    Patrick Farmer
    Charles Ray Johnson
    Evelyn Randle
    Lillian McKinney
    Connor Moore
    Gerald Douglas
    Antonio Riggens
    Demarcus Coleman
    Michael Jordan
    Robin Minner
    Lisa Russom
    JB Hedge
    Elisa Smith


    200 W Commercial St.
    Charleston, MO  63834
    Fax: (573)-683-4068
    Email: david.mcdermott@courts.mo.gov

  • Students on the Right Track (SORT) is a program for at-risk youth. This program is similar to Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

  • Parental Education & Support Group (PESG) is a group program for parents involved with the juvenile office that have children with substance abuse and/or behavioral issues.

  • Moral Recognition Training (MRT) is a group program using a 12-step curriculum to teach, and allow practical application, of the thought process and skills needed to make good decisions. 

  • Girls Circle Group (GCG) is an eight week group program that provides gender-specific, girls only, information, activities, and discussion on numerous topics girls need to be aware of.  The topics include self-esteem, body image, dating, STD and pregnancy prevention, and infant mortality reduction information that will be useful later in life.

  • Attendance and Truancy Program is a program designed to increase a child’s regular attendance in school; a dedicated DJO or Truancy Monitor (TM) is assigned to supervise the children in the program. 

  • Truancy Court is a special treatment program for both informal adjustment cases and formal adjudicated cases. 

  • Diversion Program to divert children from the court without an official “referral” entered in the JIS database.  This program is mainly targeted to truancy issues, but could also include first time misdemeanor offenders and other status offenders.

  • Mentoring Program is a short term (6-8 weeks) program where a child is assigned a mentor to help the child according to the needs of his case plan. 

  • Electronic/Ankle Monitoring Program is a short term (30-day maximum) program to track the location of a juvenile 24-hours a day.

  • “House Arrest” is a program used to insure the location and supervision of a juvenile instead of using detention.  It is a short-term program lasting no longer than the time it takes to adjudicate or enter into an IA with the juvenile and family.

  • Community Service is a program that is frequently utilized as a sanction for minor offenses or violations of probation.

  • Juvenile Drug Court is an intensive program designed to educate and monitor juveniles with the goal of them staying “clean” for the long term. 

  • Family Drug Court is an intensive program designed to educate and monitor parents with the goal of them staying “clean” for the long term. 

  • Cognitive Behavioral Training Program is an intensive behavioral training program that takes place at the Mississippi County Regional Juvenile Detention Center. This program offers a secure, stable environment for the juvenile as well as mental health treatment, mentoring, education and drug & alcohol education/awareness.

  • An intensive residential placement for delinquent and status offenders. This is the last resort for the Juvenile Office when all local community based treatment has been utilized and a child continues to have issues. Also if a child commits a very serious offense in which outpatient treatment is not sufficient for the child, the victim and/or the community the child may be committed to the division of youth services in place of local community based treatment.

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