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A member of the Arkansas Juvenile Detention Association and one of fourteen Juvenile Detention Centers (JDC) in the State of Arkansas, the Washington County Juvenile Detention Center is a 36 bed facility located in Fayetteville and is designed as a secure holding facility for both pre-adjudicated and adjudicated Youth. In 2000, the Center moved to its' present location and offers services to holistically meet the needs of Youth who it serves.


Massachusetts Youth Screening Inventory (Maysi)

This screening is administered to each youth upon intake to the Detention Center and is a 52 question screening tool, administered for the three months prior to intake. Maysi screens for mental health issues and helps to guide detention programming to individually meet the needs of the youth.

Learn more about Maysi


Medical Needs

Needs are addressed through consultation with a contract Nurse who approves medications and performs an initial evaluation of youth. If your child has medical needs, please promptly advise Detention Staff.



School classes are held Monday thru Friday, following the Fayetteville Public School schedules for holidays and policies. Classes are conducted by on-site, state-licensed Special Education and Middle School teachers. Students work primarily in the areas of reading, language, and math to strengthen their skills.

Parents/guardians are asked to bring youth's work from their home school districts to work on while in detention and then to pick the completed school work up to deliver back to their school districts. Questions concerning the Education Department may be directed to (479) 444-1670 ext 5.


Physical Education

As part of the education program, the facility is fortunate to have a Physical Education teacher on-site to provide physical education services to youth who are detained. This structured activity assists with the overall mental health functioning of the Youth and with meeting the AR Juvenile Detention Standards Code for daily large muscle movement.


Nutrition Services

The facility meals and snacks are planned by the facility's Food Service Coordinator and must meet nutritional standards, as regulated by the National School Lunch Program. If you have questions or concerns regarding allergies, please contact the Food Service Coordinator by calling 479 444-1670 ext 4 or by emailing Judy Marion.


Mental Health Needs

Needs are addressed through on-site clinical services provided by the Social Work Intervention Program. Additionally, for youth who are currently receiving mental health services, their therapist may visit them to continue services while in detention.



Facility tours are conducted for non-detained Youth (ages 12 -17) and their parent/guardian each Thursday at 3:30 p.m. No appointment is needed.


Specialized Services

Community groups, organizations, and churches, we well as individuals donate their time for specialized services such as hair care, health classes, clergy services, etc.

The Washington County Juvenile Detention Center also offers additional programming, including the following:

  • "Be Proud, Be Responsible" HIV Prevention

    This program is designed to increase knowledge about transmission and prevention of HIV infection. This program helps explain the importance of responsible sexual decision-making, including abstinence.

  • Why Try

    A strength-based approach program utilizing lesson plans for all learning syles (visual, audiory, & kinesthetic) to help youth overcome their challenges and improve outcomes in areas of truancy, behavior, and academics.

  • Educational Training

    Utilizing videos and group activities, Residents are given additional education on topics such as drugs, teen pregnancy, gangs, and STDS, with consent of the Resident's parents. Residents are also given the opportunity for self expression and empathy training through arts and crafts.

  • Skills / Character

    Additional skill based and character building trainings are faciliated by the Staff Development Coordinator / Trainer utilizing innovative methods including technology to engage, empower, and equip Youth to make better decisions.

  • CPR / First Aid

    Residents are offered periodic training in the American Heart Association's CPR and First Aid curriculum.


Statistics regarding the Juvenile Detention Center may be obtained by reviewing the 2017 Annual Report.

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