Juvenile Detention is a secure facility where a child who is subject to a delinquency complaint is held. There are two Juvenile Detention Centers in Connecticut - one in Bridgeport and the other in Hartford.
A child 17 years old and under who is alleged to have committed a crime will be summoned to Connecticut Juvenile Court and charged as a delinquent. Delinquency proceedings have benefits over being charged as an adult such as confidentiality of the proceedings and the ability to have certain records erased. Plus, the overall philosophy in Juvenile Court is more about rehabilitation than meting out punishment.
Have you seen the proposal by the mayor of New Britain? He wants to fine students who skip class $75 per day.
In most cases in Juvenile Court, DCF alleges that the child has been neglected or abused. That is the neglect or abuse has already occurred.
A few Public Acts of interest in the DCF arena:
A 9-year old boy who took a gun to school and accidentally shot a female classmate is likely to receive probation and mental health treatment.
There are thirteen Juvenile Courts throughout Connecticut. There is also a Child Protection Session located in Middletown which hears cases which the local courts cannot accommodate. Juvenile Court cases are confidential and the proceedings are closed to the public. Recently, however, there has been a movement to allow the public access under certain conditions.
Your child got in trouble. Enough trouble that he or she was arrested. There's a court date scheduled in Juvenile Court. Here's brief summary of the process: