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Juvenile Detention Center

The Pre-Adjudication Institutional Division consists of the Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) located in the Juvenile Justice Center in downtown Houston, a secure detention facility. The Juvenile Detention Center houses youth pending court or awaiting transfer to the post-adjudicated facilities such as the Burnett-Bayland Rehabilitation Center, the Harris County Leadership Academy, the Harris County Youth Village, other private placements and TYC. The Juvenile Detention Center consists of six housing floors accommodating 250 youth. The Juvenile Detention Center features private sleeping rooms, multi-purpose activity rooms, gymnasiums, visitation and counseling areas, facilities for medical, dental, psychological and social services. In addition, the JDC has a separate intake section and a courtroom. Advanced monitoring systems including digital video recordings and architectural design provide security and safety without bars. During their stay, youth undergo physical and psychological assessments, short-term therapy and crisis intervention.

Recreation specialists provide daily physical education activity. Highly trained staff and volunteers work to promote feelings of self-worth, to establish trust and teach youth to relate to others through structured unit activities. Each youth can express their own religious preference and maintain regular contact with family members through visits, written correspondence and phone calls. The detention center adheres to the guidelines of the National School Lunch Program, and three well-balanced meals are provided to each resident daily. Additionally, a full range of medical, dental and ophthalmologic services including follow-up care or treatment is available for each youth.

The Juvenile Justice Charter School provides an educational program that focuses on areas in which these students are deficient such as remedial reading, language and math skills. Volunteers and other agencies provide additional services including health awareness, self-esteem workshops, tutoring and individual visitation. The Juvenile Detention Center as well as the department are active participants in the review and application efforts of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.


A Balanced Approach to Juvenile Justice

Harris County Juvenile Probation Department
1200 Congress
Houston, Texas 77002
Phone: 713-222-4100