To provide temporary care of juveniles (12–18 years old) in a physically restricting facility pending Family Court disposition.

Who decides when the resident can leave?

Only a Family Court Judge can order the release of a resident. Each resident’s Probation Officer is responsible for maintaining contact with the Judge. It is important for parents and the resident to stay in constant contact with the Probation Officer.

The Initial Detention Hearing is scheduled within 24 hours at the Courthouse or at the Juvenile Detention Center via a telephone (Holidays or weekends). Probable Cause Hearings and Trials are held at the Courthouse. For directions to the Morris County Court House please call 973-829-8220.

Outside Contact/Visitation

Residents are allowed visits with their parentsguardiansgrandparents, and siblings aged 16 and over. Each visitor will be required to present identification of himself or herself before visiting (photo ID required). If identification cannot be produced, you will not be permitted to visit. VISITING TIMES for all residents are on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:15 – 1:45 pm , 2:15 – 2:45pm , 3:15-3:45pm and 7pm-7:30pm. All visitors must call social services and schedule their visit at least 24 hours in advance (only approved visitors). Due to space limitations, only two (2) visitors may visit at a time. Proper attire must be worn to enter the facility.

During visits, no weapons of any kind will be allowed into the Center; this includes but is not limited to: guns, knives, mace or animal repellents. Handbags should be left in your vehicle along with any other personal items. The Sergeant must approve all items brought into the Center for residents. Gold Group residents are allowed an additional visit on Wednesdays from 9 p.m. to 9:30p.m. Again, parents should call to confirm their visit with social services before they arrive. (Only approved visitors are allowed.)

Each resident is allowed to make a 10-minute phone call on Tuesdays and Thursday between 4:00 – 8:00 pm to approved family members. All phone calls are made on an out-going basis and may be spot monitored to ensure only approved family members are participating.

What is allowed in the Center?

Each resident is provided with clothing and toiletries. However, residents will need three (3) pair of socks and underwear. Residents who are in the “GOLD” group are allowed use of a Discman/Radio (parent or guardian must provide) during designated times (MP3 players or CD’s with parental advisory/explicit lyrics or content are not allowed into the center.) We ask that only one set of clothing be kept at the Center. Anything of value will be sent home with the parents.

the Center has a library that is available to all residents. In addition, the facility uses Kindle e-readers for text and other books. All books must be donated directly from the source store to the facility and will become part of the library. Ebooks can only be donated via Amazon.com or by Amazon gift cards.

Basic Services

Each resident has a private room or may share a room with one other resident. A room consists of brick walls with a steel door. The room is equipped with a steel toilet and sink, bed, mattress, and pillow. Rooms are monitored throughout the night. Showers are taken daily in a separate room and are private. There are three meals and one evening snack per day.

Residents are allowed to receive letters through the mail, and are provided with free postage for outgoing mail. The mailing address for the Center is:

[resident’s name]
Morris County Juvenile Detention Center
P.O. Box 900
Morristown, NJ 07963-0900

Physical Examinations

Upon admission, each resident is given an exam by a medical professional affiliated with Morristown Memorial Hospital. A parent or guardian needs to sign a Medical Consent form and provide any and all medical/prescription insurance information. A photocopy of the insurance card(s) will also be needed, so that there will be no delay in your child receiving medical services should the need arise. Each child will be administered a tuberculosis test within one week of admission. Parents are responsible for any prescribed medication costs, in addition to routine and emergency medical care costs.

Evaluation and Therapy

A Clinical Social Worker is on staff. The social worker is available 24/7 for crisis intervention only. Residents who are court ordered to participate in evaluations and/or therapy will be transported by the Morris County Sheriff’s Department to the appropriate court-ordered site that will be arranged by the designated outside agency.

Education Program

Residents participate in the Center Education Program from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 3:45pm to 7:00pm each weekday, even during the summer months. The Educational staff will contact the Home School District to establish a line of communication. All educational instruction meets the New Jersey Core Curriculum Guidelines.

Grades will be awarded to each child after participating in the Center Educational Program for 10 days. Each child will be tested to determine if they need Basic Skills instruction. School assignments or books from home will not be accepted.

Behavior Management

A Social Worker will assist each resident with his or her case needs. Residents earn their group status (Gold, Silver, Bronze) by meeting all expectations in self-care, assigned chores, program participation, peer relation, staff relations and following instructions. The higher groups (Gold and Silver) receive more privileges. Each resident completes chores such as cleaning their rooms, kitchen, and program areas.

Legal Representation

Any parent who cannot provide legal counsel must apply for a Public Defender. Forms are available at the Center and the courthouse. The Office of the Public Defender’s phone number is 973-631-6260.