Detention Admissions Criteria
Most states have statutes authorizing secure juvenile detention and setting out basic detention criteria. Unfortunately, most state statutes are rather vague regarding eligibility for detention, which means that almost any youth can be brought to a secure juvenile detention center for possible admission. Sites develop juvenile detention admission guidelines for use by police officers in the field. If a youth doesn’t meet these guidelines, a summons will typically be issued and the youth released without a trip to the detention center.