A. The department shall operate and maintain or contract for secure care facilities for the custody, treatment, rehabilitation and education of youth who pose a threat to public safety, who have engaged in a pattern of conduct characterized by persistent and delinquent offenses that, as demonstrated through the use of other alternatives, cannot be controlled in a less secure setting or who have had their conditional liberty revoked pursuant to section 41-2819.

Terms Used In Arizona Laws 41-2816

  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Department: means the department of juvenile corrections. See Arizona Laws 41-2801
  • including: means not limited to and is not a term of exclusion. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Secure care: means confinement in a facility that is completely surrounded by a locked and physically secure barrier with restricted ingress and egress. See Arizona Laws 41-2801
  • youth: means a person who has been committed according to law to the department of juvenile corrections for supervision, rehabilitation, treatment and education and who is either:

    (a) At least fourteen years of age and under eighteen years of age. See Arizona Laws 41-2801

B. Each youth who is placed in a secure care facility shall receive rehabilitative services appropriate to the youth’s age, needs and abilities, including education, counseling, mental health services, recreation and vocational training.

C. The department in cooperation with the juvenile court shall develop length of stay guidelines that are consistent with both treatment and public safety considerations. The department in cooperation with the juvenile court shall annually review the length of stay guidelines. Each youth who is placed in a secure care facility shall be assigned a length of stay pursuant to the length of stay guidelines. The length of stay shall set forth minimum and maximum review dates.