Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission to Honor Contributions to Justice-Involved and At-Risk Youth in Riverside County

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA – The Riverside County Probation Department is pleased to invite the media to the Riverside County Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission (JJDPC) Awards Ceremony.  The event will honor individuals and organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to the lives of justice-involved and at-risk youth in the County of Riverside.


Riverside County Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission Awards Ceremony


Thursday, October 21, 2021 – 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Riverside County Administrative Center

4080 Lemon St. Riverside, CA 92501

Awards will be presented in several categories; The Bert R. Van Horn Award is provided to Riverside County Probation employees for providing superior service and care to youth housed at county juvenile detention facilities.

The Starfish Award will recognize a dedicated Riverside County Office of Education teacher who worked tirelessly through the pandemic to provide educational services in juvenile detention facilities, ensuring some sense of connection and normalcy for those in her charge.

In addition, the JJDPC will celebrate the Foster Parents of the Year and community-based organizations working to serve at-risk populations.

The Commission will also award Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy Cody Ballard the Service Above Self Award.  Ballard responded to a radio call of a mother and her infant who planned to spend the night on a bus bench, having missed the last bus to their destination. Ballard used his own funds to secure a hotel room for the evening for the mother and infant to ensure their safety.

About the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission

The mission of the JJDPC is to inquire into the administration of juvenile court law within Riverside County, to assure the highest standards of care and services for the youth within the juvenile justice system, and to engage in activities designed to prevent juvenile delinquency by coordinating on a countywide basis with community agencies. The JJDPC is dedicated to the promotion of an effective juvenile justice system operated in an environment of credibility, dignity, fairness and respect for the youth of Riverside County.

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