ACE Program

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Alternatives to Corrections Through Education (ACE) is a program created by Racine County Human Services Department as a cost-effective alternative for youth, ages 12-17, who would be placed in a state correctional facility. Now youth who meet the criteria for a community-based program can participate in this unique alternative. Family participation is a vital component of the program.

ACE is a 4-Phase program that offers juveniles and their families unique programming.

 Phase  Duration  Description
Phase One Orientation First 24 Hours  Alcohol and other drug abuse, access reading, math and English competency, Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale and other assessments done. Families are required to participate!

Phase Two

General Education

 7-12 Weeks Begin earning credits. Individual/group/family therapy and counseling.
Phase Three Community Transition  8-12 Weeks Continued academic learning, individual and group programming. Ongoing emphasis on General Education as well as participation in community services and off-site supportive educational services.

Phase Four


 3-6 Months Youth and families continue counseling. Customized juvenile's therapeutic needs and service availability of services in the youth's home county.



What Are They Saying?

“I wanted to say thank you and let you know that I and my family sincerely appreciate all that you have done with and for my son. You all and the ACE  Program were an answer to this mother’s prayers! My son is in a much better position to be able to help himself now - in large part because of every one of you. I would like to encourage you all to keep doing the best you can because it matters in a big way. I don’t know what the future holds for my son but do believe it will be better for the time spent with you in the ACE program.”
~ Andrea F., Parent of ACE Program Participant

“My son went to the ACE program from a group home. He has been in the program about four months and has really made significant progress. The staff has been a big help in him achieving his goals. My son now can control his anger and understands that with every action there is a reaction. He has been taught coping skills which has helped him in the ACE program  and will follow him in the community. I am thankful for this program as it has really helped my son with everyday life.”
~ Christina S., Parent of ACE Program Participant

For a printable ACE fact sheet, CLICK HERE. For more information about the ACE program, please contact:

Antonio Chavez, Detention Superintendent at 262-638-6722 or or  
Glenn Larson, Youth Justice Supervisor at 262-638-6575 or


Court of Appeals, District II
“We therefore commend Racine  [C]ounty for the development of this creative alternative to
placement in a secured correctional facility. “
Appeal # 2005AP002395