Individuals classified as a juvenile who are caught committing an illegal act are reprimanded to juvenile detention centers. A juvenile is considered to be a person under the age of 18; however, some states consider those under 17 juveniles.
These detention centers are designed to house delinquent adolescents separate from adults for security reasons. Youths are also placed in these centers because their minds and bodies are still developing and they need special treatment. A youth may remain in a juvenile detention center for any length of time, depending on the severity of the offense committed. This includes placement while awaiting court hearings, or as a temporary hold for truancy or being a runaway.