Locked Detention provides short-term locked confinement for delinquent youth awaiting adjudication, placement, or serving a sentence as ordered by a Juvenile Court Judge. Locked Detention is designed to provide short-term control of youths who pose an immediate danger to themselves or others.
Facts About Locked Detention
- Delinquent youth can only be held in Locked Detention if they:
- meet the Statewide Detention Admission Guidelines; or
- are ordered into detention by a Juvenile Court Judge.
- The Statewide Detention Admission Guidelines are an extensive list of “Holdable Offenses” which specifically outline the offenses that will admit a youth into detention. These include offenses such as:
- auto theft
- home burglary
- sale and use of drugs
- armed robbery
- aggravated burglary
- Only the Juvenile Court can order a youth into Locked Detention.
- A Detention Hearing is held within 48 hours of admission to a Detention facility. The Juvenile Court Judge decides if the youth should continue in Locked Detention, be returned home, or placed in a less restrictive placement. The Judge uses the following criteria to make the decision:
- is the youth a danger to himself or others?
- is the youth at risk of not appearing in court when summoned?
Delinquent youth can be confined at home as an alternative to Locked Detention if they are not a danger to themselves or the community and a Juvenile Court Judge orders them to Home Detention.
Facts About Home Detention
- The youth may leave home only to attend school and/or work and are under the supervision of JJS.
- Home Detention is not appropriate for youth who:
- are serious offenders;
- pose a risk to the community;
- have no charges pending before the Juvenile Court.