The mission of the Forsyth County Youth Center is to provide secure short-term care
to juveniles who are accused of committing a criminal offense, or adjudicated pending
court action, or who are awaiting transfer to another facility.
The Youth Center . . .
- is a juvenile detention facility built in 1962.
- provides for the juveniles’ basic needs, such as shelter, food, clothing and medical
- houses juveniles in a safe, humane environment, maintaining the level of security
necessary to prevent escape and assure that juveniles live free of fear, assault
- provides for the physical, emotional, religious and educational needs of juveniles
- provides individual and group counseling, substance abuse assessment and evaluation,
substance abuse education, psychological testing, health screening and health education.
- is co-educational with a 16-bed capacity.
- operates under local mandate and meets all legal standards for operation required
by the North Carolina Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
- houses youth ranging in age from 11-15 years old. The most common age group served
is 14-15 years of age.
- detains approximately 250 youth per year. 80% of the population are male and 84%
of the population have been accused of committing delinquent offenses (crimes against
persons or property).