Most juveniles housed Lancaster County not there because of serious offenses, study finds

Most young people who land in Lancaster County’s juvenile detention center do so because they violated probation or conditions of their release during court proceedings — not for suspected felonies or violent crimes, according to a recent study.

The study, conducted as part of the county’s participation in a national initiative to find alternatives to juvenile detention, looked at 693 admissions to the detention center being handled in juvenile court, so it didn’t take into account the 105 admissions relating to charges in adult court, including more serious felonies, or juveniles being held for other counties. Read Article.