Juvenile Detention Information

The long-range goal of Juvenile Detention is to produce contributing citizens. The immediate objectives toward that goal are to provide a safe and secure environment, promote accountability, and create an environment for positive change for detained youth.


Guiding Principles for Use of Detention


In the absence of appropriate less restrictive alternatives, secure detention is reserved for high-risk youth who pose a danger to self or the community or who are not likely to attend court hearings (per Detention Risk Assessment Instrument-DRAI).

Principle for Detaining

Confinement may be ordered as part of the original sentence and in response to probation violations. When ordered, confinement is used in measured increments where youth are placed in the least restrictive setting providing for community safety, accountability, and positive change for detained youth.

About the Facility

The Juvenile Detention Center is a 39-bed facility with seven intake cells. It operates seven days a week, 24 hours a day. There is a total of 37 full-time staff in detention, as well as approximately 54 volunteers. Facility meals meet or exceed national nutrition guidelines.

Current Programs

  • ART
  • Cultural Diversity Class
  • Drug Education Class (Outside Speakers)
  • Food Handlers Cards. (By ESD 101 staff and coordinated with Spokane Regional Health District)
  • Girls Group (By JCOs)
  • Groups led by Juvenile Corrections Officers
  • Art Dojo
  • Poetry Slam
  • Gardening and Lawn care
  • Incentive based programming
  • Guest Speakers from the Community
  • Individual Behavior Counseling by Group Leaders, Mental Health Counselor
  • Leadership Class
  • Library
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Mental Health Reviews and Updates with Staff, School, Interns and Management Team (Coordinated by the Medical Department)
  • Mental Health Screening
  • Visitation Volunteer Program
  • Orientation (Orientation for new Admits)
  • Physical Training (Daily)
  • Religious Programs
  • Bible Study Groups (Wednesday and Sunday)
  • Bible Study Group (for youth that don't get visitors, Thursday and alternate Tuesdays)
  • School ESD 101 (For inside detention and youth outside detention / SAC)
  • GED testing and graduation
  • STD Education Program
  • Substance Abuse Screening and Follow Up
  • Teen Aid Program
  • Teen challenge international program
  • Visitation with Parents, Families, (virtual visitation via Zoom available)