Secure facilities are long-term locked confinement facilities for serious and habitual delinquent youths. They are similar to adult prisons.
Facts about Secure Facilities
- Delinquent youth are not sentenced for a specific length of time but their stay is based on the guidelines established by the Youth Parole Authority. The Youth Parole Authority conducts regular progress reviews and determines when the youth can be released.
- Once the Juvenile Court orders a delinquent youth to a Secure Facility, the authority for the youth is transferred to the Youth Parole Authority.
- Unlike the adult correctional system, juveniles placed in Secure Facilities must receive educational and vocational services. Each juvenile must complete an individually designed treatment plan, based on their rehabilitative needs, and complete the court ordered victim restitution, as part of the requirements for release.
- Youth In Custody teachers, employed by the school districts, hold daily classes for youth. Schoolwork finished in secure facilities is credited to the youth’s regular academic record.