Juvenile Detention Center
Terri Broadus, Juvenile Administrator
710 N. 7th Street
In accordance with the Juvenile Code of the State of Kansas, Wyandotte County operates a detention center which is functional 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in order to provide a temporary secure facility for youth who are under the jurisdiction of the Court and whose alleged behavior or circumstances constitute a danger to themselves or to the community. They are detained pending action of the Court.
The mission of the Wyandotte County Juvenile Detention Center to:
- Provide short term care and secure custody to juveniles who are accused of or adjudicated pending court action or awaiting transfer to another facility.
- Provide for the juveniles' basic needs, such as shelter, food, clothing, medical care and basic hygiene needs.
- Prevent the abridgement of the juveniles' legal rights during their detainment at the Detention Center.
- House assigned juveniles in a safe, human environment, maintaining the level of security necessary to prevent escape and assure that the juveniles are free of fear from assault or intimidation by staff or other juveniles.
Juvenile detention may provide a child in trouble with the first realization that there are serious consequences to his or her behavior. The Juvenile Detention Center, may by law, assumes temporary custody of a child at a time of crisis in his or her life. Decisions to place a child in detention are made by either a law enforcement officer, or the court, for the purpose of protecting society, protecting the child, or both.
This brief experience with detention staff may determine a child's future attitudes toward society and authority. In short, the detention process itself can have an effect on a juvenile's propensity for crime. Obviously, there are tremendous benefits to be gained by making the detention experience a positive one.
During the period of detention, the detention staff, and the court services officer (C.S.O.), working together, assist and support your child in adapting to the detention experience. Youth are encouraged to exercise self-control and accept responsibility for their own actions while at the Juvenile Detention Center.
Detention is not considered a punishment by some youth detained at the center. It is a temporary restriction on a youth's movements and independent decision making. If your child feels that this restriction is a punishment, then it is, as far as he or she is concerned. It is not punishment if he or she accepts detention as a relief from the pressures of family, school, and community living.
Juvenile detention is not solely the problem of the police and the Juvenile Court. As a parent, it is also your problem. The purpose of the detention staff and the C.S.O. is to help you and your child, rather than to assume your responsibilities. Your cooperation is essential.
Please realize that the staff of the Juvenile Detention Center is trained professionals employed for the safety and security of your child. You may not agree with all the procedures, but they are designed in the best interest of the child.