Juvenile Holdover Programs
Less restrictive than formal detention, juvenile holdover programs provide safe, temporary settings for youths who do not meet detention criteria but need a place to stay until appropriate arrangements can be made (APPA, n.d.). For example, holdover programs may be appropriate for rural runaways and minors who violate liquor laws. These programs allow law enforcement officers who have picked up youth to return to their duties while parents or other responsible parties are found. Holdover programs can be customized to meet local needs. They are especially useful in rural areas, where it can take hours for officers to travel to and from detention facilities. Holdover programs are staffed by community volunteers or paid staff and administered by law enforcement, juvenile courts, probation departments, or nonprofit organizations. Holdover programs can be located in nonsecure or combination secure/nonsecure settings. If a community's detention and shelter care facilities are too small or too crowded to accommodate a holdover program, the program can be located in an emergency shelter, probation office, hospital, hotel/motel, or other setting. Holdover programs sometimes are housed in community assessment centers. In more remote areas, staff may be on call.
See Implementation Guide for Juvenile Holdover Programs: Executive Summary
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