North Iowa Juvenile Detention Services
1440 West Dunkerton Road Waterloo Iowa 50703
Main Line (319) 291-2455 Extension #2
Fax (319) 291-2464
Purpose of Detention
North Iowa Juvenile Detention Services began serving juveniles in 1989. Thirteen counties, Black Hawk, Bremer, Butler, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Grundy, Howard, Marshall, Winneshiek and Wright hereafter referred to as member counties, entered into a 28 E agreement to develop and run a juvenile detention center to meet their needs for securely holding juveniles accused of delinquent acts. Allamakee, Benton, Buchanan, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Mitchell and Worth Counties joined the 28 E agreements later. A representative from the Boards of Supervisors of each county, for at large members, and two ex-officiate form the governing board for NIJDS. Additional counties may join NIJDS by paying $.60 per person living in their county in 1980., if the current board approves expansion at the annual business meeting.
To the child, detention provides immediate protection from impulsive actions and the immediate reaction of family members. While the detention experience is not considered treatment, if the child's time in detention is constructive, the youth will be more amenable to the treatment process to follow. The reality that others are removing his/her choices, freedom and imposing controls produces a crisis and opportunity to rethink habitual delinquent values. Staff at NIJDS takes full advantage of this period to encourage positive change.
To the court, detention provides assurance that the youth will be available for disposition. Observation of behavior while in this highly structured setting may provide insight to officers of the court, which can guide long term planning and decisions.
To the community, detention provides immediate protection from youth who endangers the safety and property of others. All efforts of staff will focus on making the detention experience constructive.
All license standards of the State of Iowa for detention facilities will be met. Legitimate deficiencies noted by the inspector will be remedied in a timely manner. NIJDS capacity of 31 will not be exceeded for overnight stays.