Select Washington County Facilities Are Closed To The Public.

Please Click Here For More Information.

Important Information

All PERSONS entering the Juvenile Detention Center MUST go through the COVID-19 screening,


Refusal to be screened will result in you not being permitted to enter the facility.

 Please also be advised:

*Facility Tours are suspended at this time.
*The Volunteer Program is also suspended.


Judge Zimmerman has indicated that juvenile detention hearings WILL BE HELD.  Parents, attorneys, parties and witnesses in the cases may participate in the hearings by telephone.

For parents, parties and witnesses who do choose to appear in person at Juvenile Court for essential juvenile court hearings (juvenile detention and probable cause hearings), please come inside the juvenile court building, check in with the court bailiff, give your cell phone number to the bailiff and wait in your car until the bailiff calls you on your cell phone to come into the court.

All other juvenile court hearings scheduled for Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27 are CANCELLED and will be rescheduled.  For the hearings which are cancelled, juvenile court staff will contact parents/custodians/attorneys with new court dates.  The main phone number for Juvenile Court for Washington/Madison counties is 479-444-1739.

What does the Juvenile Detention Center do?

The Washington County Juvenile Detention Center provides a safe, secure, and caring environment through housing, education, and rehabilitative programming for young people who have been charged or sentenced for violating the law in Washington, Madison, and surrounding counties.

When can I visit my child?

All visitors must have a valid photo ID to enter the detention center. The only personal items allowed into the facility are identification and car keys - please leave all bags, purses, and phones in your car.

  • During the first 24 hours

    Parents or guardians are allowed a 30 minute visit within 24 hours of your child's intake to our facility. You will be asked to complete an intake packet so we can have the information needed to provide the best care for your child.

  • Before sentencing

    Visitation is allowed by appointment only on Saturdays from 9:00am to 10:30am and 2:00pm to 3:30pm for pre-adjudicated residents (pre-sentencing).

  • After sentencing or FINS

    Visitation is allowed by appointment only on Sundays from 9:00am to 10:30am and 2:00pm to 3:30pm for FINS or adjudicated residents (after-sentencing).

Important visitation information

  • Visitation sessions are limited to 30 minutes
  • Appointments must be made in advance by calling (479) 444-1670 x 6, Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm.
  • Children under 18 may not visit the detention center
  • Only parents or guardians are permitted to visit unless a Special Request form is completed by the resident and approved by the JDC director
  • Clergy, mental health professionals, and other professionals may call (479) 444-1670 x 6 to schedule visitation during normal business hours
  • Parents and guardians may request alternative visitation under special circumstances (work, travel, emergencies), as approved by the JDC director - (479) 444-1670 x 3
  • Additional holiday visitation for New Year's, July 4th, Thanksgiving, and Christmas can be requested by calling (479) 444-1670 x 6.

How do I get prescription medications to my child?

Bring your child's prescription medications to the detention center as soon as possible. Medications are accepted 24 hours a day.

Medications must:

  • Be in the original prescription bottle
  • Be prescribed to the resident
  • Have the original label with directions for administration
  • Have the prescribing physician's name and contact number for verification
  • Not be "over the counter," unless prescribed by a doctor with proper documentation

Annual Report 

2018 Annual Report

Other Information