A youth may file a complaint to obtain administrative review of issues related to the youth's aftercare that personally affect the youth.
The objectives of this procedure include all of the following:
To allow youth to raise questions regarding a decision affecting their supervision.
To encourage communication and cooperation between youth and staff.
The youth complaint procedure may be used by any youth on aftercare to review a decision that affects the youth personally, except a decision regarding any of the following:
Denial of use or possession of a firearm as governed by law.
Discharge of a youth prior to the original discharge date of the youth's order for supervision.
An issue which a youth may appeal under this chapter or any department rule or a decision issued by the department in response to an appeal filed by a youth under this chapter or any department rule.
A youth may initiate a review of a decision by filing a complaint within 5 days of the decision with his or her agent. The agent shall promptly forward the complaint and a statement of the facts and the reasons for the decision to his or her supervisor.
The agent shall attempt to informally resolve the complaint. Any resolution agreed to by the agent and the youth shall be documented in the youth's file.
The supervisor shall review the complaint and the agent's statement and may interview the youth or others to investigate the complaint. The supervisor shall issue a written decision within 7 days of receipt of the request for review, stating the reasons for the decision. The youth and the agent shall be given copies of the decision.
If no decision is issued within the 7 day time period, the agent's decision is affirmed and the youth may appeal under sub. (6)
The youth may appeal the supervisor's decision to the regional chief in writing within 5 days of receipt of the decision or the failure to issue a decision under sub. (5) (b)
. The appeal shall state the reasons for the appeal and request further review.
The regional chief shall review the youth's complaint and the supervisor's decision, may investigate the complaint and shall issue a final decision within 7 days of receipt of the appeal, stating the reasons for the decision. Copies of the decision shall be sent to the youth, the agent and the agent's supervisor.
(7) Effect of appeal on a disputed decision.
During the period required under this section for investigation or review of any complaint, all affected parties shall comply with the decision currently under dispute.
(8) Expedited appeal.
If the time limits provided in this section would effectively moot the complaint, the supervisor or regional chief shall make all reasonable efforts to expedite the complaint review or appeal.
A youth may not be penalized for filing a complaint under this section.
Notwithstanding par. (a)
, a youth may be subject to discipline, including revocation of the youth's aftercare, if the youth knowingly made a false allegation or complaint.
DOC 393.20 History
Cr. Register, June, 2000, No. 534
, eff. 7-1-00.