Court Cafe Juvenile Matters
What are Detention Centers
If a child or youth is arrested and the charges include a serious juvenile offense and the police believe that the welfare of the child or the safety of the community requires that the juvenile be confined before the initial court hearing, the police may transport the juvenile to a juvenile detention center operated by the Judicial Branch.
In Connecticut, a child or youth cannot be admitted to a detention center unless the juvenile has been:
Juvenile Detention Centers
Detaining Juveniles: Is There a Better Way?
These articles and research materials are presented as information and food-for-thought.
Alternatives to Detention: "Although incarceration is intended only for juvenile offenders who are a threat to themselves or others, the majority of incarcerated youth are held for non-violent offenses that could successfully be addressed through community-based services. Indiscriminately incarcerating youth tends to increase their health risks and make them more likely to commit future crimes." [Complete article]