Note: Rather than focusing on the short-term public safety that may be achieved simply by removing youth from society, PA-JJC strives to promote long-term public safety by encouraging provision of services and supports that can help youth avoid crime and become productive members of society.
The agency's services will be reviewed and matched with the most appropriate Service Standard, regardless of the population served. When an agency operates a program where the service population includes, but is not limited to, youth involved with the juvenile justice system, it may be more appropriate to complete another Service Standard, such as Group Living Services (PA-GLS) or Residential Treatment Services (PA-RTX).
This Service Standard accommodates both secure and non-secure juvenile justice facilities.
Agencies providing only detention services will complete the relevant practice standards within: PA-JJC 1, PA-JJC 3, PA-JJC 4, PA-JJC 5, PA-JJC 6, PA-JJC 7, PA-JJC 9, PA-JJC 12, PA-JJC 13, PA-JJC 14, PA-JJC 16, and PA-JJC 17. These agencies have the option to take NAs for: PA-JJC 2, PA-JJC 8, PA-JJC 10, PA-JJC 11, and PA-JJC 15. Length of stay in detention can vary considerably, for example, from less than 24 hours to more than 90 days. Accordingly, agencies should strive to limit the amount of time youth are detained without services, as referenced in PA-JJC 5.01.