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Secure Detention

Secure detention is typically reserved for youth who pose the highest risk or have been accused of committing serious offenses. Youth are alleged or adjudicated juvenile delinquents and juvenile offenders. Juvenile delinquents have their cases heard in the Family Court and juvenile offenders have their cases heard in the Youth Part of Supreme Court.

ACS operates a secure detention facility at Crossroads Juvenile Center in Brownsville, Brooklyn.

Specialized Secure Detention

Specialized secure detention is designed for housing youth designated as adolescent offenders. Adolescent offenders are 16-year-olds (beginning October 1, 2018) or 17-year-olds (beginning October 1, 2019) charged with a felony offense in the Youth Part of Supreme Court.

Part of Crossroads Juvenile Center currently operates as a specialized secure detention facility for all adolescent offenders.

Specialized Juvenile Detention

Specialized juvenile detention is designed for housing pre-Raise the Age youth. Pre-Raise the Age youth are youth who are housed in the juvenile system, but fall under the old law and are prosecuted in the adult criminal system.

ACS, in conjunction with DOC, administers a specialized juvenile detention facility at Horizon Juvenile Center, in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx.

Secure detention, specialized secure detention and specialized juvenile detention facilities have the most restrictive security features.

Intake and Orientation

All youth spend their first week going through the intake process which includes medical, educational, and social service assessments. During this time, the youth learn about the services and program’s expectations.

Case Management

All youth are assigned a case manager who helps them adjust to the facility, counsels them; and works with their family, as well as their lawyer to make sure that all of their physical, emotional, educational and social needs are met.

On-site Services

  • Medical: All youth receive a comprehensive health screening and physical within the first 72 hours of admission.

  • Dental: All youth receive a comprehensive dental examination within the first 20 days of admission.

  • Mental Health: Youth receive an initial mental health screen and a comprehensive mental health evaluation within 8 days of admission. Each secure detention facility has a mental health office staffed with full-time psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals who are available to conduct screenings and evaluations and provide mental health services and treatment as needed.

  • Trauma assessment: ACS partners with its contracted providers to screen all youth for trauma exposure, post-traumatic symptoms, depression, and substance abuse at intake. Youth also participate in skill-building groups where they can develop knowledge of trauma and become more aware of how it may impact their emotions and behavior, and learn skills to cope.

Education Services

Youth continue their education in our facilities through the New York City Department of Education’s (DOE) Passages Academy. Passages Academy provides a curriculum designed to meet the individual needs of youth in detention.

Youth are assigned to classes based on academic levels and receive instruction in all major subjects. Passages also provides a comprehensive special education program for students with special needs, including a resource room, speech and language services, and psychological counseling.

Recreation Services

Our youth participate in a variety of daily recreational activities such as music, art, creative writing, gardening, yoga, and dance. Special activities include teen workshops, motivational speakers, and sports tournaments. Annual activities include Black History, Hispanic Heritage, Women’s History, Veterans Day Celebrations, anti-bullying prevention, and domestic violence awareness.

Some recreational activities such as songwriting projects and digital technology workshops offer an opportunity for youth to receive Department of Education credits.

Chapel Services

A full-time chaplain is available to provide voluntary spiritual and religious counseling to youth. Services are available on weekdays, weekends, and holidays.

Contact our Secure Detention Centers:

Horizon Juvenile Center
560 Brook Avenue
Bronx, NY 10455
718-533-4620
718-533-4621
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Crossroads Juvenile Center
17 Bristol Street
Brooklyn, NY 11212
(718) 240-3800
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Visitation

ADVISORY: Given the reduced levels of COVID-19 in NYC, the NYC Administration for Children’s Services will be restarting in-person visits for youth in secure detention on a limited basis, effective August 29, 2020. Please contact your youth’s Case Manager to inquire about scheduling.

Due to the ongoing public health emergency of COVID-19 and in an effort to protect the health and safety of youth and staff, in-person visits were suspended in March 2020. As the City has progressed through reopening, ACS has begun to restart limited in-person visitation. In order to maintain social distancing, in-person visits must be coordinated in advance, and we continue to follow the recommended health screening protocols (details below).

Youth will continue to have free phone calls to help them stay in contact with their families and communities.

In addition, to scheduled face to face visits and phone calls, the agency is offering by-appointment tele-visiting services (see schedule below). Families can submit a request by email to the Crossroads Case Management team at CJC_CASEMGMT@ACS.NYC.GOV or to the Horizon Case Management team at HJC_CASEMGMT@ACS.NYC.GOV to schedule a video/virtual visit with their child.

This page will be updated periodically with additional information as it becomes available.

Our Visiting Rules and Hours have changed at Crossroads and Horizon Juvenile Centers, effective August, 29, 2020. See below:

COVID-19 Questions:

  • When scheduling your in-person appointment you will be asked specific COVID-19 related questions prior to being approved for an in-person visit.
  • When arriving at Horizon or Crossroads Juvenile Centers all visitors will be required to have their temperature taken (by a no-touch thermometer) and will be asked COVID-19 related questions.
    • In order to maintain safety for all youth, other visitors, and staff, any person who has an elevated temperature or who has been potentially exposed due to contact or travel will not be able to have an in-person visit.

Who can visit?

  • Eligible visitors are parents, guardians, grandparents or an authorized visitor.

When can you visit?

  • Please note the schedules vary depending on whether your youth is placed at Crossroads or Horizon.

In order to maintain social distancing, in-person visits must be coordinated in advance.

Visitation Rules:

  • A youth may receive up to two (2) visitors at one time.
  • Visitor passes will stop being given 10 minutes before the end of each visiting session. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled visit time, in order to have sufficient time to be screened.
  • Visiting time ends at the scheduled end time of each session.
  • Storage capacity is limited, so please try to bring as few items with you as possible.
  • Please do not leave personal belongings unattended in the lobby. We are not responsible for any items left unattended.
  • Any children under age 18 who attend a visit must be supervised by an authorized adult visitor and cannot be left unattended.

Horizon Visitation Schedule is as follows:

Please contact your youth’s Case Manager if you have any questions about scheduling a visit.

In-Person (Saturdays ONLY)
Hall Time
E 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
H 11:30 PM - 12:30 PM
G 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
J 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Supervised Visits 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Video/Virtual Visitation Tuesdays
Hall Time
G 3:00 PM - 4:00 AM
J 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
SHU 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

Video/Virtual Visitation Wednesdays
Hall Time
H 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
E 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
G 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

Video/Virtual Visitation Thursdays
Hall Time
J 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SHU 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
E 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM


Crossroads Visitation Schedule is as follows:

Please contact your youth’s Case Manager if you have any questions about scheduling a visit. ACS has made every effort to offer rotating days of the week, including some Saturday and Sunday visits for every family, while maintaining health and safety guidelines for the facility.

Note: Due to the facility population it is necessary to restrict certain halls to certain days. For this to be a fair process, each grouping of halls will rotate between the days available for in-person visitation. For example: J-Hall youth who have a visit on a Saturday this week will have in-person visiting the next Sunday and then the following Tuesday, essentially rotating the day each week. This allows families who may not be available on a Saturday to have an opportunity at some point on a different day of the week.

In-Person (J, B, H, C Halls) Saturdays or Sundays

Hall Time Dates
J 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 8/29, 9/6, 9/19, 9/27, 10/10, 10/18, 10/31
J 11:30 PM - 12:30 PM 8/29, 9/6, 9/19, 9/27, 10/10, 10/18, 10/31
B/H 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 8/29, 9/6, 9/19, 9/27, 10/10, 10/18, 10/31
C 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM 8/29, 9/6, 9/19, 9/27, 10/10, 10/18, 10/31
C 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM 8/29, 9/6, 9/19, 9/27, 10/10, 10/18, 10/31

In-Person (F & G Halls, Supervised Visits) Saturdays or Sundays

Hall Time Dates
F 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 8/30, 9/12, 9/20, 10/3, 10/11, 10/24, 11/1
F 11:30 PM - 12:30 PM 8/30, 9/12, 9/20, 10/3, 10/11, 10/24, 11/1
G 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 8/30, 9/12, 9/20, 10/3, 10/11, 10/24, 11/1
G 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM 8/30, 9/12, 9/20, 10/3, 10/11, 10/24, 11/1
Supervised Visits 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM 8/30, 9/12, 9/20, 10/3, 10/11, 10/24, 11/1

In-Person (E, SHU & A Halls, Supervised Visits) Saturdays or Sundays

Hall Time Dates
Supervised Visits 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 9/5, 9/13, 9/26, 10/4, 10/17, 10/25
E 11:30 PM - 12:30 PM 9/5, 9/13, 9/26, 10/4, 10/17, 10/25
E 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 9/5, 9/13, 9/26, 10/4, 10/17, 10/25
SHU/A 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM 9/5, 9/13, 9/26, 10/4, 10/17, 10/25
Supervised Visits 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM 8/30, 9/12, 9/20, 10/3, 10/11, 10/24, 11/1

In-Person (J, B, H, C Halls) Tuesdays

Hall Time Dates
J 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 9/15, 10/6, 10/27
J 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM 9/15, 10/6, 10/27
B/H 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM 9/15, 10/6, 10/27
C 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM 9/15, 10/6, 10/27
C 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM 9/15, 10/6, 10/27

In-Person (F & G Halls, Supervised Visits) Tuesdays

Hall Time Dates
F 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 9/8, 9/29, 10/20
F 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM 9/8, 9/29, 10/20
G 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM 9/8, 9/29, 10/20
G 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM 9/8, 9/29, 10/20
Supervised Visits 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM 9/8, 9/29, 10/20

In-Person (E, SHU & A Halls, Supervised Visits) Tuesdays

Hall Time Dates
Supervised Visits 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 9/1, 9/22, 10/13, 11/3
E 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM 9/1, 9/22, 10/13, 11/3
E 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM 9/1, 9/22, 10/13, 11/3
SHU/A 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM 9/1, 9/22, 10/13, 11/3
Supervised Visits 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM 9/1, 9/22, 10/13, 11/3

Video Visitation (F, G, B, A, H, SHU) Wednesdays

Hall Time
F/G 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
F/G 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
B 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
A/H 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
H/SHU 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Video Visitation (C, J & E Halls) Thursdays

Hall Time
C 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
C 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
J 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
E 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
E 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


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