What is Non-Secure Detention

The mission of non-secure detention is to:

  1. Protect the community.
  2. Assure youth are present for Court Hearings.
  3. To provide supervision pending placement.
  4. Offer a lower level of residential supervision that matches their level of risk.
 Non-secure Detention temporaily houses juveniles for safe custody, who are accused of conduct, subject to the jurisdiction of Family Court Services that require community protection or their own protection.

The facility provides a wide range of helpful services that support the juvenile's physical, emotional, and social developement.

Helpful Services include: Education, visitation, communication, continuous supervision, medical and health care services, nutrition, recreation, and reading.

Youth are exposed to the following Programs: Sex Education, Drug Awareness, Social Skills, EQUIP, Sentenced to the Arts Project, and Community Service.

Youth are placed in non-secure detention in one of two ways:

  1. Through the Juvenile Officer's Screening Department 
    When youth are brought to screening generally by a Jackson County Law Enforcement agency, they are assessed via the Missouri "Juvenile Detention Assessment". If a youth scores "medium" on this assessment he may be detained in non-secure detention. Youth will have a health screening, suicide screening, and MAYSI completed prior to being escorted to non-secure detention.
  2. By the Judge or Commissioner
    When the youth has a detention hearing, the Judge or Commissioner may decide that the youth is an appropriate risk to be detained in non-secure detention.


On-site non-secure detention programs include:

  • Education as provided by the Kansas City Missouri School District;
  • Full-time and on-call nursing staff, physicians from Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center;
  • Substance abuse prevention and education;
  • Psychological services;
  • Anger control;
  • USDA approved meals;
  • Voluntary spiritual services;
    The facility has religious services that youth may attend.  Youth may request to see a minister of their religion of choice.  The assigned caseworker/Juvenile Officer will clear the request with the House Manager.
  • Organized recreational activities;
  • Life, parenting, and social skills training.