A juvenile detention center is part of the family court or underage justice system in most states. It is staffed by police and other state officials like social workers and department of corrections employees. Young people are taken to a juvenile detention center when arrested for a crime pending an initial hearing. At the hearing, the court hears motions and takes testimony to determine whether the juvenile can be released into the family’s custody. Generally, the issue is whether the juvenile is likely to flee and commit further offenses or will live in an environment conducive to discipline and care. For more information about a juvenile detention center or your legal rights, contact an attorney in your area.