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LawForKids.org staff were invited to tour the Pinal County Detention Facility in order to show you what a day in the life is like for a juvenile in the detention facility. The tour shows photographs and explains our experiences.

This photo shows the Pinal County Juvenile Court House. The advisory, adjudication and disposition hearings for many juveniles in Pinal County take place at this Court House.

An advisory hearing is a formal court process where the juvenile is told about the charges against him or her and can admit or deny them. Rules of Procedure for the Juvenile Court, Rule 28 (A).

An adjudication hearing is a trial in front of a judge only (not a jury), where the court determines whether the juvenile committed the alleged acts. Rules of Procedure for the Juvenile Court, Rule 29 (A). The court may make a finding that the juvenile is delinquent or incorrigible.

A disposition is when the youth is told what consequences the court has decided. Rules of Procedure for the Juvenile Court, Rule 30.

 

Welcome to the Pinal County Youth Justice Center Virtual Tour. This facility can house up to 96 juveniles, ages 8-17.

The Pinal County Youth Justice Center is the temporary placement of a youth accused of a delinquent act, while awaiting the final outcome of his or her case in court. The purpose of Youth Justice Center is to house youth who, by virtue of their alleged offenses or documented prior histories, pose a serious public safety or flight risk.

The Youth Justice Center is only used when NECESSARY, for those youth that will:  1) Pose community safety issues if released until their appointed court date 2) Fail to show up for their appointed court date 3) Re-offend or get re-arrested if released until their appointed court date.

 

Juveniles who have allegedly committed a delinquent act are escorted by police through this entrance. The police officer drives their vehicle through a secured driveway into a specialized parking area.  A Detention Officer from the Youth Justice Center must open the door from the inside. Once inside, the juveniles are released from police custody into the care of the Youth Justice Center. Once in Youth Justice Center, detention officers are responsible for the juvenile and the juvenile is expected to follow the rules of the Youth Justice Center.

After being released into the Youth Justice Center’s care, juveniles will wait in the intake area until a detention officer is ready to process him or her into the detention facility. For the safety of all the youth in the facility, each new juvenile is searched by an officer of the same gender to take any items that may be a danger to the youth or others.

 

The intake process consists of: 1) Medical screening 2) Mental Health Screening 3) Orientation of the Youth Justice Center 4) Overview of Youth Justice Center rules 5) Risk assessment screening and  6) Substance abuse screening