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The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice

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Juvenile Justice Detention (Links)

Youth under age 18 arrested by law enforcement are evaluated immediately by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice to determine if they should be detained under lock and key to protect the public. Detention screening is performed at Juvenile Assessment Centers or by juvenile probation staff using a standardized Detention Risk Assessment Instrument.

Juvenile detention in Florida is a short-term temporary program. Juvenile offenders who require long-term sanctions and rehabilitation are placed into non-residential or residential correctional programs.

Two types of detention are available: secure detention and home detention.

Youth placed in secure detention have been assessed as risks to public safety and must remain in a physically secure detention center while awaiting court proceedings. They appear before the court within 24 hours of placement, at which time the juvenile judge decides whether there is a need for continued detention. Generally there is a 21-day limit to secure detention, but those charged with serious offenses can be held up to 30 days. Serious juvenile offenders also can be held in secure detention while awaiting placement in a residential corrections facility.

The Department operates 25 juvenile detention centers with a total of 2,042 beds. Youth in detention spend time doing schoolwork and receive services like anger management counseling. Juvenile Detention Officers receive specialized training and certification.

There were 54,155 admissions to secure detention in Florida in FY 1998-99. Admissions to secure detention dropped 2 percent in the last year, but rose sharply in previous years, including a 77 percent growth between FY 1992-91 and FY 1996-97.

Home detention provides monitoring of youths within the community. Youth may be placed on electronic monitoring through the Radio Frequency system (anklets) or through a Voice Recognition System. The youths go home but their movements are restricted through the use of one of the two methods of electronic monitoring. Youths on home detention wearing an electronic monitoring anklet will set off an alarm if the youth leaves home. Youths on the Voice Recognition system are called randomly at home during the hours the youth is supposed to be at home. An alert is generated if the voice does not match the one registered in the system or the youth does not answer the phone.

Youths arrested for minor crimes that are not considered a risk to public safety may be released into the custody of their parents or guardian.

Northwest Region Residential and Correctional Facilities

Bassin House Program

Bay County Boot Camp

Blackwater Career Development Center

Blackwater STOP Camp

Bristol Youth Academy

Camp E-Ma-Chamee

Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys

Escambia River Outward Bound

Ft. Walton Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP)

Guided Adolescent Treatment Experience

Greenville Halfway House

Greenville Hills Academy

Gulf Coast Youth Academy


Jefferson Halfway House

JoAnn Bridges Academy

Jackson Juvenile Offender Correctional Center

Juvenile Unit for Specialized Treatment J.U.S.T.

Liberty Wilderness

Madison Halfway House

Madison Early Residential Intervention and Treatment Program "MERIT" Halfway House

Milton Girls Juvenile Residential Facility

Monticello New Life

North American Family Institute (NAFI) Intensive HWH

North American Family Institute (NAFI) SHOP

Okaloosa Youth Academy

Okaloosa Youth Development Center HWH

Okaloosa Youth Development Center Intensive Halfway House

Panther Success Center

Pensacola Boy's Base

RAM-C Program

Sawmill Academy for Girls

Seminole Work and Learn

Taylor HWH

Vernon Place

West Florida Wilderness Institute

Northeast Region Residential and Correctional Facilities
 Alachua Juvenile Residential Facility

Alligator Creek Juvenile Residential Facility

Camp E-How-Kee Juvenile Residential Facility

Camp E-Kel-Etu Juvenile Residential Facility

Camp E-Nini-Hassee Juvenile Residential Facility

Cypress Creek Juvenile Correctional Facility

Duval Juvenile Residential Facility

Duval START Juvenile Residential Facility

Eckerd Challenge Juvenile Residential Facility

Eckerd Comprehensive Youth Treatment Juvenile Residential Facility

Forestry Juvenile Residential Facility

Hastings Juvenile Correctional Facility

Impact House Juvenile Residential Facility

Marion Juvenile Correctional Facility

Marion Youth Development Juvenile Residential Facility

Nassau Juvenile Residential Facility

Project STEP Juvenile Residential Facility

Stewart Marchman Juvenile Residential Facility
(Lee Hall, The Pines, Timberline, and Terrace)

Three Springs Juvenile Correctional Facility

Tiger Success Juvenile Correctional Facility

Volusia Juvenile Residential Facility

White Foundation Juvenile Residential Facility

West Central Region Residential and Correctional Facilities

Avon Park Youth Academy

Bartow Juvenile Correctional Facility

Bartow Serious Habitual Offender Program

Big Cypress Wilderness

Bowling Green Youth Academy

Britt Halfway House

Camp E-Tu-Makee

Collier Drill Academy

Columbus Center For Girls

Crossroads Wilderness

DeSoto Dual Diagnosed Correctional Facility Specialized Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program

DeSoto Specialized and Intensive M H Program

Falkenburg Academy

Florida Environmental Institute

Florida Youth Academy Low

Florida Youth Academy Girls Moderate

Florida Youth Academy Girls High

Gulf Academy

Hillsborough Academy Intensive Residential Treatment

Kelly Hall

Kingsley Center

Lake Academy

LEAF Recovery

Les Peters Halfway House

Live Oak Academy

Manatee Boot Camp

Manatee Outward Bound

Manatee Youth Academy


MATS Halfway House

MATS Sex Offender Program

OMEGA Juvenile Prison

Peace River Outward Bound

Pinellas Boot Camp

Polk Boot Camp Male

Polk Boot Camp Female

Polk Halfway House

Polk Youth Juvenile Correctional Facility

Price Halfway House

Riverside Academy

San Antonio Boys Village

Wilson Youth Academy

Youth Environmental Services

YMCA Character House

East Central Region Residential and Correctional Facilities

Adolescent Therapeutic Center

Brevard Group Treatment Home

Eckerd Intensive Halfway House

Eckerd Wilderness Camp

Eckerd Youth Development Center

First Step Halfway House

Fort Pierce Group Treatment Home

GOALS Halfway House

GUYS Halfway House

Jonathan Dickerson Stop Camp

Kissimmee Juvenile Correctional Center

Martin County Boot Camp

Okeechobee Juvenile Offender Corrections Center

Adolescent Rehabilitative Center

Francis Walker Halfway House

Space Coast Marine Institute

Visionary Group Treatment Home

Orange Intensive Halfway House

Okeechobee Re-Direction Program

South Region Residential and Correctional Facilities

Better Outlook Center

Broward Intensive Halfway House

Dade Group Treatment Home

Deborahs Way

Elaine Gordon

Everglades Youth Development Center

Florida City Youth Center

Florida Institute for Girls

Leaf Group Treatment Home

Miami Halfway House

Palm Beach Halfway House

Palm Beach Youth Center

Princeton ICARE BayPoint

Sago Palm Academy

South Florida Intensive Halfway House

South Pines

Southern Glades Youth Camp

Thompson Academy

Wings for Life

Restrictiveness Levels for Juvenile Residential and Correctional Facilities
Juvenile residential and correctional programs, according to state law, are grouped into four custody classifications based on their populations assessed risk to public safety. These classifications are Low-Risk Residential, Moderate-Risk Residential, High-Risk Residential and Maximum-Risk Residential.

Florida Institute for Girls

MTWT Prison Index