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Madison County has a long history of providing local placement services and programs to youth who have become involved with the juvenile justice system. Established in the early 1920's, the Bronnenberg Children's Home served as an orphanage housing a large number of youth for several decades. 

In 1970, the juvenile detention center was built and provided secure detention for males and females. Later, as the need for residential treatment for delinquent youth became evident, a girls' residential unit and a boys' residential unit were established in 1978 and 1981, respectively. 

During this time period, the Juvenile Court made a request to county officials to administratively combine all juvenile probation and placement services under the name of Juvenile Court Services.

From the mid-80's on, Juvenile Court Services experienced an escalation in the number of out-of-county placements, as well as the cost of these placements. As a result, juvenile court personnel began planning for new facilities and improved programs to better meet the needs of Madison County youth.

In early 1991, Madison County officials authorized the Court to develop the Madison County Youth Center. Much of the county funds that had previously been allocated for out-of-county placement were diverted to the Youth Center budget to provide for an increase in local services.  The Madison CountyYouth Center waas dedicated in April 1994.

After presiding as juvenile court judge in Superior Court II for 30 years, Judge Jack Brinkman retired at the end of 2008. The Honorable G. George Pancol assumed the bench in January, 2009.  


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