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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
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Crossroads Juvenile Center
17 Bristol Street
Brooklyn, NY 11212
(718) 240-3800
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ADVISORY: The NYC Administration for Children’s Services has Suspended In-Person Visits Effective Monday, March 16th

Due to the ongoing public health emergency of COVID-19 and in an effort to protect the health and safety of youth and staff, ACS has suspended in-person visits.

The agency is continuing its policies of providing all youth with free phone calls to help them stay in contact with their families and communities.

In addition, in place of face to face visits, the agency is offering by-appointment televisiting services through Skype, Monday through Wednesday between the hours of 2pm and 6pm. Families can submit a request by email to CJC_CASEMGMT@ACS.NYC.GOV to schedule a Skype visit with their child.

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

Family members are encouraged to visit youth in detention as often as they can. Research shows that when family visits, improved behavior and school performance can result while the youth is detained. Fewer depressive symptoms have also been noted

Our Visiting Rules and Hours have changed at Crossroads and Horizon Juvenile Centers, effective April 2, 2016. See below.

Who can visit?

  • Eligible visitors are parents, guardians, grandparents, and siblings of any age. An authorized adult visitor must accompany authorized siblings under the age of 18.

When can you visit?

  • Parents, guardians, grandparents, and siblings may visit on any visiting day
  • Aunts and uncles may visit any Tuesday and Wednesday in addition to the second Saturday and Sunday of each month.

Visitation Rules:

  • A youth may receive up to three (3) visitors at one time.
  • Visitor passes will stop being given 10 minutes before the end of each visiting session. Please arrive early in order to have sufficient visit time.
  • Visiting time with youth remains one hour.
  • If it is crowded, we reserve the right to limit the number of visitors for each youth and the length of the visit. In such cases, visitors may take turns visiting within the allotted time frame.
  • 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.

Visiting Hours:


Supervised Visits 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Last Name of Youth begins with A - Z 4:40pm - 8:45pm

Supervised Visits 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Last Name of Youth begins with N - Z 4:40pm - 6:40pm
Last Name of Youth begins with A - M 6:45pm - 8:45pm

Supervised Visits 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Last Name of Youth begins with A - M 4:40pm - 6:40pm
Last Name of Youth begins with N - Z 6:45pm - 8:45pm

Last Name of Youth begins with A - M 9:30am - 12:30pm
Last Name of Youth begins with N - Z 1:30pm - 4:45pm
Supervised Visits 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Last Name of Youth begins with N - Z 9:30am -12:30pm
Last Name of Youth begins with A - M 1:30pm - 4:45pm
Supervised Visits 5:00pm - 6:00pm

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