Essex County NJ Juvenile Detention Center

County Juvenile

Last Updated: June 05, 2024
80 Duryea St, Newark, NJ 07103

Essex County NJ Juvenile Detention Center is for County Juvenile offenders have not been sentenced yet and are detained here until their case is heard.

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The Essex County NJ Juvenile Detention Center is within the jurisdiction of the Essex County Juvenile Justice System located at 80 Duryea St, Newark, NJ.

Detention centers are for youth who are detained under specific circumstances set by New Jersey statute. They hold youth who are awaiting court dates or placement in a residential facility.

The facility provides supervision of youth in a safe, secure, and humane environment. Youth services include education, mental health, substance abuse, and health care. Medical and mental health are contracted services. Educational services are funded by the Department of Education through local school districts.

A typical day in secure detention would involve hygiene, meals, school, structured physical and educational activities, and court appearances as scheduled. The average length of stay in secure detention is approximately 10 days. If a youth is court-ordered and or detained in the Facility the youth will be assigned a probation officer. Please contact the child's probation officer for all questions regarding court hearings.

The juvenile justice system differs significantly from the adult criminal system, recognizing that juveniles' brains and emotional regions are still developing. Consequently, methods effective for adults may not work for juveniles. The system aims to address public interests and the needs of juveniles and their families, focusing on skills and resources to prevent future issues. The primary goal is to ensure the safety of both the child and the public, mitigate any damage from the child's behavior, and help the child become a productive adult.

Juveniles are detained if they pose a threat, are likely to miss court proceedings, or violate court orders. The system balances immediate safety concerns with long-term rehabilitation goals. Parental involvement is crucial, as successful supervision plans require parents to enforce rules, attend meetings, and stay engaged in their child’s progress.

The juvenile system emphasizes education and rehabilitation, with different terminology from the adult system. For instance, "arrest" is "taken into custody," "probation" is "supervision," and "sentencing" is "disposition."

Referrals to Juvenile Court usually come from law enforcement, and the intake social worker decides if the juvenile goes home, to shelter care, or a secure facility. An inquiry can result in dismissal, a corrective action plan, or a court petition. A plea hearing follows, where the juvenile admits or denies the allegations, and further evaluations may be ordered. A pre-trial conference may settle the case, but if not, a fact-finding hearing determines if a dispositional hearing is needed. The final dispositional hearing involves reviewing reports and recommendations to decide the case's outcome. Parents may be required to cover costs associated with the court order, including legal and medical expenses.

Inmate Locator

Juvenile facilities overseen by Essex County do not publish the names of the offenders housed in their facility. As such, there is no public forum for this information.

Visitation Information

Visitation at the county or regional juvenile facility is restricted to immediate family members only, including mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers. The visitation guidelines are stringent, and it is advisable to contact the facility staff to ascertain specific limitations. For information on visitation schedules, visiting room regulations, and other relevant details about your visit, please contact 973-497-4720. The facility staff will provide comprehensive guidance to ensure a smooth and compliant visitation experience.

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