The purpose of the Bruce Normile Detention Center is to provide safe, secure custody for juveniles in an environment of care, guidance and control. Juveniles who are alleged to have committed a law violation are detained if it is believed that they present a threat to themselves or the community. They remain in detention until the Court hears their case or until appropriate alternative arrangements can be made.
By law, most status offenders (runaways, truants, curfew violators and juveniles who are beyond their parents’ control) cannot be detained in a secure facility in excess of 24 hours. When these juveniles are in need of extended temporary placement outside of their home, they are placed in the Normile Family Center or other non-secure facilities.
Detained residents are involved in a comprehensive program of educational, recreational and social activities that require close staff/resident interaction. It is through this personal contact that a climate conducive to behavioral change develops. Detention staff utilize both counseling and correctional skills as part of a behavior management program that focuses on building positive behaviors. Regardless of pending legal repercussions and situational differences, we believe all residents of the detention center can make positive personal changes in an environment based on four core principles:
- Every choice you make helps define the kind of person you are choosing to be.
- You don’t have to adopt the worst behavior· of others as a standard for yourself. You can choose to be better than that.
- What you do matters, and one person can make a difference.
- The payoff for good character is that it makes you a better person and it makes the world a better place.