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Juveniled Justice System Structure & Process
Organization & Administration of Delinquency Services
Q: What type of agency administers detention services?
A: In most states (33) and the District of Columbia, executive agencies that report to the governor, such as a department of juvenile justice, administer detention services.

Administration of detention services, 2013
(Click on the state name for additional information)

State Judicial Agencies Executive Agencies Judicial and Executive

Number of states 4 34 13

Alabama X
Alaska X
Arizona X

Arkansas X
California X
Colorado X

Connecticut X
Delaware X
District of Columbia X

Florida X
Georgia X
Hawaii X

Idaho X
Illinois X
Indiana X

Iowa X
Kansas X
Kentucky X

Louisiana X
Maine X
Maryland X

Massachusetts X
Michigan X
Minnesota X

Mississippi X
Missouri X
Montana X

Nebraska X
Nevada X
New Hampshire X

New Jersey X
New Mexico X
New York X

North Carolina X
North Dakota X
Ohio X

Oklahoma X
Oregon X
Pennsylvania X

Rhode Island X
South Carolina X
South Dakota X

Tennessee X
Texas X
Utah X

Vermont X
Virginia X
Washington X

West Virginia X
Wisconsin X
Wyoming X

  • Agencies that administer detention facilities are responsible for maintaining operations and managing administrative functions, including finance and human resources.
  • Judicial agencies that administer detention services can be at the state level, such as the Administrative Office of the Courts, or local juvenile courts.
  • In most states (33) and the District of Columbia, executive agencies administer detention services. These executive agencies can be at the state level and include correction agencies, child protection agencies, and social or human services agencies, or at the local level and involve county officials.
  • In some states (13), a combination of executive and judicial agencies administer detention.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/structure_process/qa04201.asp?qaDate=2013. Released on August 05, 2013.

Developed for the State Training and Technical Assistance Center by the National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ), with funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The following NCJJ staff contributed to this state profile: Sean Addie, Teri Deal, Anne Fromknecht, Hunter Hurst, Anne Rackow, Crystal Robson, Lauren Vessels, and Andrew Wachter.

 

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