Harrison County operates a twenty-four hour emergency shelter for children from ages one day to eighteen years who are abused or neglected, and for children who have run away from home. The facility was the first of it's kind in the state. Basic physical, emotional and education needs are met for the children while they are at the shelter. They are transported by staff to regular schools and particiapte in recreation programs during the summer. Representatives of the Department of Human Services and various law enforcement agencies frequently request admittance when protective custody is needed. Prior to admittance, approval is needed from an authorized Court representative.Youth Court The Youth Court is a division of the Harrison County Court System.They handle referrals regarding the following matters:
- Delinquency - minors between ages 10 to 17 for non-traffic misdemeanors and non-capital felonies
- Neglect and/or Abuse - minors from birth up to age 17
- Child In Need Of Supervision (CHINS) - minors between the ages 7 to 17
In delinquency, neglect, abuse and children in need of supervisor cases, the parties incur no filing fees. Petitions are filed upon the authorization of a Youth Court Judge. Copies of orders regarding a case are made available at no cost to the parents of the child involved, to the attorney for the parents and/or child involved, to the Department of Human Services representative or other necessary parties.Youth Court Judges And Staff
- Honorable Michael Dickinson - Full-time Youth Court Judge
- Honorable Robin Alfred Midcalf - Handles Youth Court matters numerous days each month as her County Court schedule allows.
- Honorable Gaston Hewes, Jr. - Handles any Youth Court cases which Judge Dickinson and Judge Midcalf are unable to hear.
- Valeri Underwood - Court Administrator
- Cindy Alexander - Part-Time Abuse and Neglect Intake Officer
- Connie Ladner - Circuit Clerk
- Rhonda Snell - Chief Deputy Clerk
- Pam Vance - Docket Clerk