NL Youth Secure Custody – Dept. of Justice and Public Safety, Gov. of NL


Confederation Building
East Block, 4th Floor
PO Box 8700
St. John’s, NL A1B 4J6

Tel: (709) 729-3880         Fax: (709) 729-5100

NL Youth Centre: PO Box 40, Whitbourne, NL A0B 3K0
Tel: (709) 759-2471         Fax: (709) 759-2611

St. John’s Youth Detention Centre: 30 Parade Street, PO Box 5085
St. John’s, NL A1C 5V3
Tel: (709) 729-5041          Fax: (709) 729-0745

Pre-Trial Services Program: 30 Parade Street, PO Box 5085
St. John’s, NL, A1C 5V3
Tel: (709) 729-5041          Fax: (709) 729-0745


To operate an effective system of residential secure custody and remand services; to deliver a Pretrial Services Program (bail supervision) as an alternative to having accused youth remanded into custody; as well as delivery of a diverse range of offender programs in custody to assist youth in successfully integrating in the community after release from custody.

Target Population:


Highlight of Programs / Services Offered:

  •  The Newfoundland and Labrador Youth Centre (NLYC) is the Provincial Secure Custody and Remand Facility for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The NLYC aims to deliver a diverse range of offender programs in custody to assist youth in successfully re-integrating in the community after release from custody. Programs offered to youth in custody include:
    • Academic Program K to 12, Psychiatric Services, Vocational Programs, Psychological Services, Social Work Services, Recreation Programs, Nursing Services, Pastoral Care Services, and Medical Clinics
  • The St. John’s Youth Detention Centre (SJYDC) is a place of temporary holding to detain youth who are arrested and held overnight in the St. John’s area. The SJYDC is also used for family visits, professional appointments, counselling sessions and court appearances of youth who are residents of the Newfoundland and Labrador Youth Centre.
  • The Pre-Trial Services Program is an alternative to the pre-trial detention of young persons who are charged in Youth Justice Court in the jurisdiction of St. John’s and surrounding area. The primary goal of the Pre-Trial Services Program is to reduce the amount of time a youth is detained in custody pending trial by providing verified information to the Youth Justice Court at each stage of the bail hearing combined with community supervision and programming while under the jurisdiction of a judicial interim release order.