Juvenile Justice/Detention Services

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810 East Ferry Street, Buffalo, New York 14211

Juvenile Justice Services encompasses secure youth detention, Family Court Building located services, contracted non-secure youth detention, and partnership in the Juvenile Delinquency Services Team.


Erie County has been selected as one of six counties in NYS to participate in a nationally recognized, evidence-based Juvenile Justice System reform project launched in 1992 by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  The Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI) is founded on the vision that all youth involved in the Juvenile Justice System have opportunities to develop into healthy, productive adults. The focus is Juvenile Detention because studies show youth are often unnecessarily or inappropriately detained at great expense, with long-lasting negative consequences for both safety and youth development.  In communities across the country, JDAI efforts are improving public safety, eliminating inappropriate and unnecessary detention, enhancing community-based alternatives, improving the conditions of confinement, and reducing the disproportionate representation of youth of color in secure detention.