The Juvenile Detention Center serves primarily Linn County and the Sixth Judicial District. Referrals are accepted from outside the Sixth Judicial District on a day-to-day, space-available basis.

Please note: Only youth who require secure custody should be held in the Juvenile Detention Center. The vast majority of youth who need temporary placement are more appropriately placed in shelter care or an emergency foster home.

Authority Admissions

Admissions are accepted upon the authority of the Juvenile Court and/or the arresting jurisdiction. The Juvenile Court Judge, or his/her designee, makes the decision whether to continue to hold a youth in detention, to place elsewhere, or to release. No youth is held more than 24 hours without a court order. No youth is held more than 24 hours without a petition alleging delinquency having been filed.