Polk County Community, Family & Youth Services

How long will my child have to stay in Detention?

  • How long will my child have to stay in Detention? 

    The amount of time that a youth is detained is determined by the Juvenile Court Judge.  All youth admitted to Detention will attend a court hearing within twenty-four hours of being admitted (excluding weekends).  In some cases, upon the advice of the youth's attorney or juvenile court officer, the youth may waive their right to a detention hearing.  

  • Contact Us

    Community & Family Division
    Polk County River Place
    2309 Euclid Avenue
    Des Moines, IA 50310
    515-286-3434

    Youth Services Division
    Juvenile Detention 515-286-3344
    Centralized Intake 515-286-3350
    1548 Hull Avenue
    Des Moines, IA 50316