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Detention Frequently Asked Questions

How long will my child have to stay in detention?

Youth stay in detention while their court cases are pending. The length of stay depends on how long it takes to resolve the court case.Typically, Juvenile Delinquents whose cases are pending before the Family Court spend an average of 15 to 30 days in detention. However, Juvenile Offenders generally have longer lengths of stay while their cases are awaiting trial in the adult Criminal Court.

How does ACS determine which group home to place my child in?

ACS considers several factors when determining where youth should be assigned. For example, ACS looks at where the family lives and whether it would be easy for families to visit the youth at the facility. ACS also considers the youth’s service needs to determine which home would be the best fit for the youth. Families are encouraged to give their input during the intake process.

Can my child go home while he is in detention? Can I visit him?

Generally, youth are not allowed to go home while they are in detention unless the Judge allows it. Youth may call home and families are encouraged to visit the detention facility during visiting hours. In addition, the facilities regularly organize events that youth and their families can enjoy together.

Will my child go to school while he is in detention?

Yes. Your child will either go to school within the facility or travel to one of two stand-alone community schools that serve only juvenile justice-involved youth. All the schools are staffed by New York City Department of Education teachers and your child will receive DOE credits for their school work.

Is my child allowed to leave the detention facility?

It depends on the setting. Youth in secure detention typically remain in the facilities until their case is resolved. Youth in non-secure detention are sometimes allowed to go on field trips, attend shows, visit museums, attend workshops, and other cultural and recreational activities organized by the group homes under staff supervision.

What is a typical day in detention?

Youth follow a daily schedule from morning to bedtime. Typically, they begin the day with breakfast, spend most of the day in school, do homework, complete their chores and participate in recreational activities in their free time.



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