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What is a juvenile detention center?

NJ Criminal Defense FAQ  |  See also:  NJ DWI FAQ

Q) What is a juvenile detention center?

A) A juvenile detention center is a facility that temporarily houses juvenile delinquents over the age of 10 after they have been accused of committing a delinquent act while waiting for the final outcome in court.  The purpose behind housing these individuals in a juvenile detention center is to protect the community from potentially dangerous youth and ensure that the juvenile will appear in court.  These types of facilities are supervised by staff members and provide education, case management, health services and more.  New Jersey law authorizes juvenile delinquents to be sentenced in a detention facility for up to 60 days for what would be considered a disorderly persons offense if committed by an adult, and longer for crimes.  In addition to pre-disposition of their case, some youth are detained after disposition while awaiting their program placement.
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