Q: If a child is detained, do they actually go to jail?

Q: If a child is detained, do they actually go to jail?

A: The juvenile system is built on the goal of serving the interests of the child. It obviously would not be in the best interests of a child to detain them in a jail or prison where adults are housed. Accordingly, individual juvenile detention facilities have been set up in each County for children who have been arrested and are to be detained. The facilities are known as Juvenile Detention Centers or Youth Detention Centers.