The Kenneth “Honey” Rubenstein Juvenile Center, is the state’s minimum security correctional facility for juvenile males. This facility has a capacity for 84 males ages 15 - 20. The program takes the positive concepts of military regimentation and leadership and combines them with a cognitive therapeutic approach assisting youth in decision making, behavior management and other initiatives to promote positive productive citizenship. The core aspect focus on role modeling, teamwork, communication, responsibility, accountability and high expectations along with development of healthy relationships in an all-inclusive program. Admission criteria, age 15 - 20, Male, adjudicated for delinquent offense prior to turning 18, has never been adjudicated as an adult and does not have adult charges pending, low risk of escape, low risk for violence, sexual assault and arson.
The basic Leadership Academy program consists of five (5) phases or cadet stages. Each phase is structured to encourage and promote successful completion of all activities understanding the mindset of the cadet upon entry into the program and his advancement into a higher phase with higher expectations. Cadets who obtain our highest status of Senior Cadet have an opportunity to submit an application and be interviewed for placement in the Leadership Cottage. This Cottage is reserved for Cadets who exemplify leadership abilities and are working towards transition back to their community. Before the cadet can successfully complete our program, he will develop a sense of high accountability and responsibility, and should take on a leadership role within the peer group structure. The cadet will set high but obtainable goals for himself which will be completed through hard work, perseverance and determination. Each new success will build on previous successes as they complete the various aspects of their individualized treatment plan. The Leadership Academy program includes aspects of responsibility not only to themselves but to their families and the communities they affected with their inappropriate behavior.Community service in the Tucker County area is a requirement for every academy cadet. True change cannot occur until the cadet takes responsibility for his actions and accepts accountability for the consequences of those actions. DJS works with probation officers in an effort to ensure that the cadet makes restitution in some manner to identified victims. Cadets learn to follow directions, act in a respectful manner at all times, and work on their individualized treatment issues. Examples of community service can range from working in the on grounds kitchen and laundry to helping the area food pantry, cutting grass at area parks or walk dogs for the local humane society.