Willamette ESD manages the Marion County Juvenile Detention Education Program. Youths in grades 6-12 enter the juvenile detention center by either being arrested for a statutorily detainable charge or for being in violation of their court ordered probation order. Lengths of stay vary significantly based upon many variables such as past history, current charge, risk to the community and available level of supervision in the community. The average length of stay in detention for the fiscal year 2014 was 5.8 days.
The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) contract with Willamette Education Service District to provide education programs for students who reside at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility. The school operates on a year-round calendar and provides instruction for a total of 220 days annually.