Guam – Officials from the Office of Senator Michael San Nicolas, the Guam Department of Education (GDOE), the Juvenile Drug Court (JDC) program along with Judge Arthur Barcinas, toured the DYA Youth Correctional Facility in Mangilao this morning [Wednesday].
This tour is as a result of a long standing invitation to our youth servicing partners from GDOE in an effort to gain a greater perspective on the current conditions of the facility, as well as the needs of the Liheng Famagu’on School located within the DYA compound.
Judge Arthur Barcinas, who is also a standing member of the Guam State Advisory Group for DYA, expressed to GDOE officials that they are the front line services to provide the intervention needed for our at risk youth prior to them entering the Juvenile Justice System.
According to DYA Director Adonis Mendiola, as a result of this orientation and tour, the public can expect that our youth servicing partners will continue to work on improvements that aim to provide a better understanding of the plight of the youth and families that we serve and strive to reduce recidivism.
“Regardless of the crime that is committed by these youth, it is a combined responsibility by our partners to ensure that all youth who come through our facility is provided the best education, counseling, rehabilitative services, and after care needs.”
Upon release from DYA, clients continue to receive services at our DYA Youth Resource Centers located in Dededo, Toto and Agat.