Albany County Receives Wyoming’s 2017 Neal D. Madson Excellence in Juvenile Justice Award

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Sarah Olson, Lana Clark, Steve Hamaker, Peggy Trent, Donna Sheen, Brooke Benson, Ty Peterson, Chief Dale Stalder, Tim Nyquist, and Sheriff David O’Malley accept the Neal D. Madson Excellence in Juvenile Justice Award on behalf of Albany Country. Photo courtesy of Volunteers of America

WYOMING– Albany County is the recipient of Wyoming’s 2017 Neal D. Madson Excellence in Juvenile Justice Award.

The award is presented in partnership by Governor Mead’s State Advisory Council on Juvenile Justice (SACJJ) and by Volunteers of America Northern Rockies (VOA). Given each year, the award recognizes one county for its outstanding work with juvenile offenders.

The award is named in honor of Neal Madson, a long-time juvenile justice professional from Sheridan and member of the SACJJ who passed away in 2016.

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Representatives from the SACJJ and VOA presented a plaque to members of Albany County’s Community Juvenile Services Board at the Albany County Courthouse in Laramie on Tuesday, July 10, 2018.

Reducing the Use of Secure Detention for Juvenile Offenders by 34 Percent

Since 2014, Albany County reduced the use of secure detention for juvenile offenders by 34 percent. To accomplish this, the county continued to streamline its services and increase inter-agency cooperation.

As an example, a screening team, known as single point of entry, met weekly to review citations issued by law enforcement. Whenever appropriate, the team referred juvenile offenders to various diversion programs in an effort to keep these juveniles from further involvement with the justice system.

If diversion was not an option, the team determined the most appropriate court in which to file formal charges. This process helped to ensure that juveniles received the services they needed to avoid future law enforcement contacts.