In 1980 two buildings known as Sanford and Walker made up the Anoka County Juvenile Center, housing males 10-18 years of age who had committed delinquent acts. In 2007 those two buildings merged into what we now call Anoka County Secure (ACS). Our facility is an all-male facility, with three separate programs. Our Short Term program consists of youth on contracts, court detention, detention and waiting placement. Our Long Term program is for youth who have been adjudicated of a felony criminal offense and have a history of other adjudications and/or inappropriate behaviors. Length of stay for the Long Term program is 4-12 months. Our Sex Specific program is for youth who have been adjudicated of a sex specific crime. Length of stay for the Sex Specific varies from 9-18 months.
ACS operates from a basis of personal responsibility and peer accountability. Excuses for inappropriate and/or illegal behavior are not tolerated. Despite hardships a youth may have faced in the past, it is our belief that he must learn to make more responsible choices both now and in the future. Youth are required to examine their thinking and behavioral patterns which allow for violation of others, work to understand the effects of their behavior on others, and develop a re-offense/support plan. The youth work to replace their negative and/or criminal thinking and behavior with pro-social thinking and behavior. It is hoped that through an honest examination of his current choices and their effect, they will gain the motivation to change. However, ultimately change is a choice that only the youth can make.