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What Is a Juvenile Detention Center?

A juvenile detention center is facility designed to house minors who have been convicted of jailable offenses. This is a separate facility from the regular adult jail house, and is designed to accommodate younger offenders, usually for shorter periods of time. It is sometimes called by other names like "juvenile hall", "the hall", or "juvy".

Many juvenile detention centers operate similar to a short youth "boot camp" program that is designed to rehabilitate the young offender rather than keep them detained for extended periods of time.

What Types of Crimes Result in Juvenile Detention?

Juvenile detention usually results from more serious felony charges, which include:

Many juvenile crimes are classified as misdemeanor offenses. Some misdemeanors are jailable, while others are not. For instance, serious theft crimes are often classified as misdemeanors, although the punishments may resemble those for a felony. Such misdemeanors may result in detention as well.

Are There Any Other Sentencing Options Available?

Many juvenile sentencing options often aim to keep the minor defendant away from detention altogether. For instance, some pre-trial diversionary programs channel the offender into a community service program, which will allow the defendant to continue their everyday activities, such as attending school. House arrest is another common sentencing option that avoids juvenile detention measures.

The availability of these options all depend on the facts for each case. They are usually available for first-time offenders who are being charged with less serious offenses.

Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with a Juvenile Criminal Case?

Juvenile criminal cases can often be complex and may require the assistance of a lawyer. You may wish to hire a lawyer in your area if you or one of your loved ones is facing criminal charges. An experienced criminal attorney will be able to provide you with legal advice and representation and can instruct you on how to proceed during the trial.

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Last Modified: 12-06-2013 04:06 PM PST

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