The MCSO partnered with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) to begin housing pre-sentenced juveniles in November of 2010.  Today, both pre-trial and direct file youth offenders are brought to our facility.  A pre-trial youth has not been sentenced by the court and is under the age of 18.  A direct file youth is being tried as an adult in court but is less than 18 years of age.  If the youth has been arrested and meets the criteria to remain in juvenile detention, they are booked and remain at the Juvenile Detention Center.  If the youth does not meet the criteria, they could be released to a parent or legal guardian until their court date.