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

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