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The Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention HomeThe Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Home was established to provide safe secure custody for juveniles being charged with a crime or are awaiting court action The majority of children are held pending court disposition or transfer to another jurisdiction or agency A few children may be held temporarily for as long as three months Currently the referrals come from the Juvenile Courts of Arlington Alexandria and Falls ChurchIn 1960 Northern Virginia built the home for the sole purpose of housing all of its juvenile delinquents Over the course of thirty years the homes size became the cause for concern to the Juvenile courts Although there had only been one escape in the prior thirty years The Juvenile Detention Commission of Northern Virginia felt that the home was too small To deal with the growing cause for concern a second detention center was built in Fairfax City This home was to serve most of Fairfax County splitting the duties with the older original Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Home Formerly the NVJDH housed up to 80 youths in its one and only building After splitting from Fairfax in 1992 the home increased its size by adding two newer more modern buildings Although larger and more modern the newer home was built just to house up to sixty juveniles There are quarters for up to fifty boys and ten girls The judicial process for a juvenile charged with a crime and awaiting court begins at the NVJDH The detention and judicial process is split up into three sections These three sections most frequently add up to an automatic thirteen months of Detention home and court procedures For the first three months on the juveniles detention it is spent in the NVJDH This is where the juvenile receive social emotional cognitive and other therapeutic recreation until their court hearing If found guilty of the charge or charges the juvenile is then sent to
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