When a child is accused of committing a crime, their academic career and future can be negatively impacted. As a parent, it is important to have a basic understanding of the youth justice system in Connecticut in the event that your child is involved in a crime. If your child has been placed in juvenile detention in Connecticut, contact one of our attorneys at (203) 221-3100.

Placement in Juvenile Detention

Unless a Superior Court judge determines that a court order should be issued based on the circumstances, a child will not be placed in detention. If the child has been charged with a serious offense, however, it is more likely that they will be brought to the Hartford or Bridgeport juvenile detention center. This placement must be consistent with public safety, and be the least restrictive environment possible for the child. If the police do not ask the judge to place the child in detention when they are arrested, the prosecutor still can at a later date. A child can be kept in detention if:

  • There is probable cause to believe the child committed the alleged act
  • There is no other alternative that is less restrictive
  • The child is believed to be a threat to public safety if they are released before their hearing
  • The child is held for failure to attend court or follow the court process
  • The child is being held for another jurisdiction

A child in detention still has rights, including the right to an attorney, the right to know the accusations brought against them, and the right to have their parents and attorney present during questioning. In addition, the child’s parent/guardian must be informed that they are being brought to detention.


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