The website was created to be a resource for those working in and interested in the juvenile justice system.  It is also intended to facilitate the Association’s ongoing mission of improving the quality of care and service that New York’s locally operated juvenile detention facilities provide to the courts, police, youth in care and communities they serve.

Our juvenile justice system is unique in many ways:

All facilities, while certified and regulated by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, are locally operated, either directly or through contracts with not-for-profit corporations.

Juvenile detention is not available as a dispositional option for the courts, although youth placed in residential treatment programs from detention are eligible to receive “credit for time served.”

In New York any youth committing a crime after the 16th birthday is considered an adult and will be detained in an adult facility and processed through the adult court system.

There are only nine (9) secure (locked) juvenile detention facilities in New York State. Three are located in New York City, and one each in Nassau, Westchester, Albany, Onondaga, Monroe and Erie counties.  No child below the age of ten may be held in a secure facility.  No Juvenile may be detained in an adult facility and no PINS (status offender) youth may be held in secure detention.

All other youth (over 50% of detention admissions statewide) remanded under Articles 3 and 7 of the Family Court Act are detained in a system of locally operated non-secure (unlocked) detention programs.

We hope you find our website useful as well as informative and we look forward to your feedback.