JUVENILE DETENTION CENTER
The Nassau County Juvenile Detention
Center is a 32 bed secure facility designed to house
juvenile offenders who have criminal cases pending
in Family, County or District Courts. It is
under the supervision of the Nassau County Department
of Social Services and is certified by the New York
State Office of Children and Family Services.
The detention center is designed
to be a short-term facility and houses youths until
final dispositions of their cases. Based upon
the dispositions made, the youths are returned to their
communities, placed on probation or referred to agencies
that provide longer-term care.
The average length of stay at
the center is approximately 14 days, but can be significantly
longer for those charged with more serious crimes. The center accepts approximately
800 admissions per year. While primarily meant
to house Nassau County youths, residents from other counties
are also accepted on a space available basis.
Youngsters as young as 10 years old may be accepted
as well as a number of juveniles 16 years or older for
violation of probation for crimes committed as juveniles;
however, the majority of our residents fall into the
14-15 year old range.
Historically in this century a
distinction has been made between children who commit
crimes as opposed to adults. The Juvenile Detention
Center strives to maintain this philosophy by providing
children with a safe, caring environment while at the
same time insisting on accountability and acceptable
standards of behavior.