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Juvenile Justice Center


There are two distinct areas of the Juvenile Justice Center -- detention and residential treatment. Detention is designed to generally provide short-term secure detainment pending further action of the Court whereas treatment is designed to provide long-term therapeutic services.


The Macomb County Juvenile Justice Center has many programs for youth who have struggled in the community and are under the jurisdiction of the Court. 

Detention program

The Juvenile Justice Center detention program is designed to provide a short-term highly secure, highly structured setting for youth who have come into contact with the Court and require temporary removal from the community. The detention program supports the placement of both males and females ages 11 to 17 and is also available to out-of-county youth from other jurisdictions. The average length of stay in detention is 11 to 13 days, however there are cases wherein detainment can be extended while a determination is made by the Court.

The program utilizes a guided group approach which focuses on problem solving rather than problem control. The underlying theory of the Positive Peer model is that adolescents are naturally in an oppositional phase of development and reject the counsel of adults. In this, the program seeks to encourage positive leadership within each group of peers. As part of a highly structured day the following services are offered to youth placed in the detention program:

  • Admissions health and risk assessments
  • Medical services
  • Psychological services
  • Behavioral service plans
  • Educational programming
  • Social skills groups
  • Youth fellowship
  • Recreational and gross motor activities

Education program

Juvenile Justice Center - L’Anse Creuse Public Schools Office

400 N. Rose

Mount Clemens, MI 48043


School Number: 586-469-6552

School Fax Number: 586-469-7290

The L’Anse Creuse Public Schools is contracted to provide the educational programming for the residents placed in the Juvenile Justice Center. All residents are required to attend school while placed in the facility. The program is accredited by the Correctional Education Association and the teachers are endorsed and hold Special Education/Emotionally Impaired certifications. The teachers all have special training to work with at-risk students.

All students are evaluated and assigned class work that is appropriate to their achievement level. The educational program focuses on developing reading, language, and mathematical skills by pairing students with individualized learning programs which are supported by technology and a high ratio of adult to students.

Upon admission to the Center and enrollment in the school program the student’s home school is contacted. Upon discharge from the facility the school program sends the home school a report detailing dates of attendance, overall performance and grades and credits earned.