A circuit court judge in Buffalo County has been authorized to order longer stays for juveniles placed in detention facilities.
The Buffalo County board of supervisors authorized a ruling that says a judge in the county may place a juvenile in detention for up to 365 days.
A rule in place since 2014 gave the court permission to order detention center stays for up to 180 days.
Wisconsin state law allows for court-ordered juvenile detention facility placements of up to one year.
The law also says that if a juvenile's placement runs longer than 30 days, a county health & human services department must offer juvenile treatment counseling for alcohol or drug abuse as well as provide education services.
The amended resolution passed by the county board, which the law required, said the county intended to comply with treatment, counseling and education rules.