The Juvenile Transition and Activation Program (JTAP)
The JTAP program was developed by Shelley Zavlek and Anthony H. Jones of Justice Solutions Group, through the National Institute of Corrections (NIC), to provide jurisdictions with well-organized training in order to prepare them for the complex process of transitioning to and activating newly built juvenile detention facilities. Attendees of the JTAP workshop have provided feedback on the usefulness of the JTAP program.
QUOTATIONS FROM PAST PARTICIPANTS IN THE J-TAP PROGRAM: Attendees of the JTAP workshop have provided feedback on the usefulness of the JTAP program:
"J-Tap was an eye opening, hands on, training opportunity dealing with the actual nuances of facility activation and transition. We (OHIO) would recommend this program to anyone embarking on the challenges of opening a new facility."
- Chad Sokolowski, Director, Oakview Juvenile Rehabilitation District, OH
"Invaluable information. We didn't know all this was coming. We would have been working blindly. Education and information will probably prevent catastrophe. Others provide sympathy but not information. We were babes in the woods with no clue and no direction. You have done it and best of all given specific documentation on all of the biggest issues we face."
- Susan Davis, Business Manager, Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Detention, VA
"The complexities of building a facility, especially for a jurisdiction that doesn't have the manpower or resources to hire someone to make sure it gets done properly make this training imperative. Without the PONI and [the J-TAP] training our facility would not have been nearly as efficient nor well planned, not to mention orchestrated to come together as smoothly as it has."
- Nelson Downing, Director of Juvenile Services, Smith County Juvenile Services, TX
Juvenile Planning of New Institutions (Juvenile PONI)
For some 20 years, the federal government, through Planning of New Institutions (PONI) workshops hosted by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Jails Division, has shared some of the country's best available expertise on how to plan, build and open new adult jails with state and local officials. Shelley Zavlek worked with NIC to create and present a new version of the PONI workshop specifically for juvenile facilities.
QUOTATIONS FROM PAST PARTICIPANTS IN THE JUVENILE PONI WORKSHOP: Attendees of past Juvenile PONI workshops have provided feedback on the usefulness of the Juvenile PONI program:
"This training was wonderful; we have been in the 'process' of talking about building a facility for several years, although nothing concrete has been done. This process FORCED us to put pen to paper and TALK about what/who/where/why issues. The required team members would have NEVER gotten together, for this type of process had we not been required to - and taken away from our other responsibilities (work, family, community…). Given the current situation of funding, priorities, juvenile detention / programming etc… I think this type of programming serves an essential need - communities would NOT engage in these activities if required to pay the cost and these activities are NECESSARY for effective planning, development and/or implementation of quality buildings, staffing and programming."
- Christine McAfee, Juvenile Probation Supervisor, Monroe County, IN
"As we progress into our project I have found that keeping the team together from the PONI workshop has been a mainstay in our project. The training and information from the workshop has proven to be priceless. I would strongly recommend any agency planning to renovate or build a new facility attend the PONI workshop. We still have a ways to go on our facility but I for one feel confident in the progress and outcome."
- J.D. Burns, Jail Administrator, Island County's Sheriff's Office, WA
"The focus and insights provided through this training will save a considerable amount of money and wasted effort in the development process of any facility. It may be difficult to press the importance of saving local and state dollars in this way to officials who are dealing with federal funding cuts."
- Woody Harris, Supervisor, 6th Judicial Court Service Unit, VA,
"The PONI workshop was of inestimable value to our team and community. It has allowed us the opportunity to "Do It Right," as opposed to the manner in which most institutional planning occurs. We had NO idea of the complexity of the issues before PONI. As a result of our PONI workshop, we are now successfully completing the planning and building of an appropriate facility."
"The PONI Workshop made all the difference for us. I hate to think what would've resulted without it!"
- Carrell Van Deacon, Jr., Judge, Bradley County Juvenile Court, TN
"The PONI workshop provided our team with vital information for the implementation of our project. Without this important training it is highly unlikely our project would be as far along in the process as it is. The training and materials are still being utilized as a guide to successful completion."
- Hope Collia, Sault Ste. Marie Police Department, Sault Ste. Marie, MI