The National Juvenile Detention Association (NJDA), founded in 1968, is a professional organization dedicated to supporting all facets of the juvenile detention services continuum.

NJDA is committed to:

  • Designing and delivering state-of-the-art training programs and technical assistance interventions to the juvenile confinement community as well as non-secure alternative programs;
  • Defining the mission of juvenile detention services at the national, state, and local levels;
  • Educating jurisdictions on strategies to ensure sound fiscal stewardship;
  • Safeguarding professionally acceptable detention standards and practices; and
  • Stimulating the development of the next generation of leaders for the profession.

NJDA Definition of Juvenile Detention

Juvenile detention, as part of the juvenile justice continuum, is a process that includes the temporary and safe custody of juveniles whose alleged conduct is subject to court jurisdiction who require a restricted environment for their own and the community’s protection while pending legal action. Juvenile detention may range from the least restrictive community based supervision to the most restrictive form of secure care.

The critical components of juvenile detention include:

  • Screening to ensure appropriate use of detention,
  • Assessment to determine the proper level of custody, supervision and placement,
  • Policies that promote the safety, security and well being of juveniles and staff,
  • Services that address immediate and/or acute needs in the educational, mental, physical, emotional and social development of juveniles.

Current NPJS Position Statements

Bob Rader Award Form

For more information, please contact:

Wayne R. Bear, MSW
President, Council for Juvenile Detention
State of Pennsylvania