Detention Services - Facility and Staff

The Pima County Juvenile Court Center operates a 162 bed detention facility.  Opened in February 2000, the facility combines technology with a well-trained, professional staff to create a secure environment for youth being detained by the court.  These youth are accused of conduct subject to the jurisdiction of the court that requires a restricted environment for their own, or the community's, protection while pending legal action.  Youth waiting transfer to another jurisdiction, or agency, may also be held at our Detention Center.

The Detention Center, located directly behind the main Juvenile Court building, provides numerous services that support a youth's physical, emotional and social development.  These services include education, medical and mental health care, visitation, programming, and continuous adult supervision.

Youth in the custody of the Detention Center are housed in one of our living units.  Each unit contains a dayroom, multipurpose room, shower stalls, and 20 single-bed rooms.  The dayroom is the center of activity for detained youth.  This is where the youths interact with peers, receive special programming, eat meals, and spend free time outside of their room. 





 Each room, approximately 10 feet by 12 feet in size, has a bed, sink, and toilet. The youths are responsible for and expected to clean their rooms daily. 






Outdoor Recreation area

An Outdoor recreation area is attached to each living unit.  Youths are given at least one hour of exercise each day.  Typical activities include basketball, volleyball, and circuit training.  The Detention Center recognizes the importance of athletic activity for every youth’s physical and emotional well being.





Juvenile Detention Officers

Overseeing the operation of the living units are Juvenile Detention Officers (JDO).  Our officers have received more than 200 hours of instruction within the first year. Each year thereafter officers receive 30-45 hours annually. 

Areas of training include: 

  • Adolescent development and trauma
  • Conflict resolution and dispute mediation
  • Crisis prevention and intervention
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Ethics
  • Drug awareness
  • Customer Service
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Non-violent control techniques
  • Programming
  • Suicide prevention
  • Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports (PBIS)
  • Emergency Procedures / Drills
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication skills

The primary responsibility of Juvenile Detention Officers is serve as a role model and mentor to our youth. They also monitor the safety, security, and welfare of all youth under their supervision.  Using Direct Podular Supervision, the officers are assigned to work inside each living unit in close physical proximity of the youth.  They observe, monitor and interact with the youth at all times and in all activities.  They document observations in daily behavioral reports prepared on each youth.

Our officers are also responsible for directing the daily activities of the youth.  These activities include personal hygiene, school, meal preparation, and housekeeping duties.  The officers model and support the five environmental essentials through skill development of our youth, as well as Detention Center policies and rules designed to maintain a safe and secure environment for all youth, staff, and visitors.  Additionally, officer work with youth when they display problematic behavior and utilize behavior as "teaching moments" to encourage youth to take accountability for their actions.

The Detention Facility is a 24-hour operation.  For questions pertaining to detention, you may contact Master Control 724-2150.  For questions regarding Intake and Receiving, call 724-2003. You may also reference our general, frequently asked questions (FAQ).