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Juvenile Court Program

Juvenile Detention Center

The Juvenile Detention Center's mission is to provide a physically and emotionally safe and secure environment for juveniles placed temporarily by the court and to provide youth with the opportunity to learn new skills that will enable them to contribute to the community when they leave. The Detention Center has a capacity of 30 juveniles. Juveniles are held in Detention primarily because:

  1. There is reason to believe that if released they would cause harm to other persons
  2. There is reason to believe that if released they would be unavailable for further court proceedings
  3. They have been found to be in violation of a valid court order and rules of supervision

The majority of juveniles (approx. 75%) are held in Detention primarily while their court process and disposition is pending.


In order to ensure that all juveniles understand expectations for their behavior and in order to have a system where staff can gauge how well a juvenile is functioning, all juveniles will be familiarized with the level system.  The level system is a reporting mechanism that illustrates how individual residents are doing in a group setting.

The level system allows staff to record and observe each juvenile's attitude and behavior.  However, it may be difficult to gauge juveniles' attitudes by solely using the level system.  The combination of reading the juvenile's files, the staff log, incident reports, detention behavioral court report, and individual staff relationships with each juvenile provides a better gauge in defining attitude.


Family visits should be scheduled during the hours listed on this card by calling the Juvenile Reception Center at (608) 266-4983.
School-aged siblings are allowed to visit when a parent is present.  Please bring identification with you for all visitors, including school ID’s for siblings.
Visits are limited to 30 minutes.
All items must be placed in the lockers that are available in our public lobby and all visitors must pass through a metal detector.  No food, candy, drinks or packages of any kind will be allowed into the visitation area.

Phone calls to your child

Youth will be allowed a total of two calls per shift (7 a.m.-3 p.m. and 3 p.m.-11 p.m.) from parents/guardians during the visiting hours listed on the other side of this card, regardless of who makes the calls.  No incoming calls will be allowed after 8:30 p.m.  When you call you will be asked to identify yourself.  Each resident is also allowed two outgoing calls per shift to parents/guardians or others approved by JRC.  All calls are limited to 10 minutes.

Visiting Hours

Monday through Friday:
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM (Parents  allowed  to  visit  8:00-8:30 during breakfast before their  workday)
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM*
*for visitors, to 8:30 PM for incoming phone calls (call by  8:20 PM for a 10-minute call)

Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays:
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM*
*for visitors, to 8:30 PM for incoming phone calls 

Contact Visits

15-minute contact and 15 minutes non-contact.

Schedule between:
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
(Kids court-ordered to out-of-county placement or kids here from LHS on a Writ can have a contact visit before returning to LHS/CLS)

Meal Times:
Breakfast -   8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Lunch - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Quiet Time - 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Dinner - 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

  • Other times may be allowed if circumstances require and depending on the availability of staff.
  • Please be prepared to present identification if requested.
  • All visitors are required to sign in.

Learn more about the daily schedule.