Section 223(a)(14) of the JJDP Act provides that:
"juveniles shall not be securely detained or confined in any jail or lockup for adults"
- Six (6) Hour Rule - Juvenile or accused delinquents may be held for up to six hours only to find adequate alternative placement and to conduct identification and processing - sight and sound separation must be maintained.
- Delinquent juveniles may be held for up to six (6) hours immediately following a court appearance.
- Rural Exception - delinquent offender can be detained up to 24 hours (excluding holidays and weekends) if:
- State law requires an initial court appearance within 24 hours
- Outside an MSA
- No alternatives exist
- Sight/Sound Separation maintained
- Prior approval from OJJDP that above are met (currently no Indiana Counties have requested or have met the rural exception)