J.C. Montgomery Story
J.C. Montgomery School was established in 1964, through the cooperative efforts of the Kings County Board of Education and the Kings County Probation Department. The stated mission was to provide a structured educational opportunity for those students who have been sentenced to juvenile hall. Students may earn school units (credits) toward graduation at the same rate as those in a traditional school setting. Students may be promoted from eighth grade to high school or graduate from high school. For junior and senior students detained after January 1, 2017, “AB 2306” applies and a student may graduate with the state minimum requirements of 130 core credits. Currently, J.C. Montgomery School serves a daily maximum of 65 students. As reported, they served 143 students in 2017-2018. During the 2016-2017 school year, 155 students were served, and 153 during 2015-2016. They have served an average of 150 students in the last three years.
Students are at various academic levels. Many students have been unsuccessful in their traditional schools and function below grade level. The Kings County Office of Education provides nurses, speech and language therapists, special education staff, and psychological services. It is the goal of the JCM staff and the Probation Department to educate and rehabilitate students to become productive citizens. Currently, this program educates students in three unique instructional settings. For security reasons, the Probation Department desires to keep each Unit separated from one another.
Maximum Security Unit
The Maximum Security Unit: This unit houses youth who are going through the court process
as adults, or youth transferred from the medium security unit that pose disciplinary issues or
safety and security issues. The student population grade level will vary depending on the age of
the incarcerated minor. The maximum-security unit has 11 rooms that house two youths each
and two rooms that are single-occupant cells. The maximum-security unit can house up to 24
youths. Youths are out of their rooms for class time, recreation time, dining, and showers under
the supervision of a Juvenile Corrections Officer. The average time out of rooms, excluding
class time, averages between 3.5 to 5 hours. The average duration of stay ranges from one day
to two years. The multipurpose room serves as a classroom.
The 300 Unit: The population in this unit is comprised of all court-committed male students that
are serving sentences ranging from 30 to 180 days. This is a very restrictive unit. The student
population grade level will vary depending on the age of the incarcerated minor. Juvenile
Corrections Officers supervise students while attending classes and students have access to a
multipurpose day room.
The 200 Unit Males and Females: This setting is typically for students who are being detained
by the courts. All male youth housed are detained following juvenile court proceedings. The
female unit houses detained and court committed female youths. These are also a restrictive
units. The student population grade level will vary depending on the age of the incarcerated
minor. A Juvenile Corrections Officer accompanies and monitors these students to the classroom
and in their multipurpose day rooms.