GILA COUNTY DETENTION FACILITY TOUR

GILA COUNTY DETENTION FACILITY

GILA COUNTY DETENTION FACILITY

LawForKids.org staff  were invited to tour the Gila County Detention Facility in order to show you what a day in the life is like for a juvenile in the detention facility. The tour shows photographs and explains our experiences. This photo shows the Gila County Juvenile Court House. The advisory, adjudication and disposition hearings for many juveniles in Gila County take place at this Court House. An advisory hearing is a formal court process where the juvenile is told about the charges against read more

WELCOME

WELCOME

Welcome to the Gila County Juvenile Detention Facility Virtual Tour. This facility can house up to 26 juveniles, ages 8-17. Juveniles in this facility include: Juveniles waiting to go to court Juveniles going through a trial Juveniles waiting for the court to decide consequences Juveniles housed in the facility as a consequence of their actions (When you are done with this tour, you can learn more about advisory, adjudication and disposition hearings by viewing the Cochise Court tab on read more

ENTRANCE

ENTRANCE

Juveniles who have allegedly committed a delinquent act are escorted by police through this entrance. The police officer drives their vehicle through a secured driveway into a specialized parking area.  A Detention Officer from the detention facility must open the door from the inside. Once inside, the youth are released from police custody into the care of the detention facility. Once in the detention facility, detention officers are responsible for the youth and the youth is expected to follow read more

PROCESSING (Holding Room)

PROCESSING (Holding Room)

After being released into the detention facility's care, youth will wait in the intake area until a detention officer is ready to process him or her into the detention facility. For the safety of all the youth in the facility, each new detainee is searched by an officer of the same gender to take any items that may be a danger to the youth or others. The officer will collect all of the juvenile’s personal belongings and store the items until the juvenile is released. If a parent is present when read more

PROCESSING 2

PROCESSING 2

In addition, the detention staff complete an intake form that will determine if the detainee is experiencing any suicidal behavior/thoughts.  If staff determine there is a suicidal risk, they follow facility procedures to address the needs of the detainee and ensure their safety.   read more

PROCESSING (Shower)

PROCESSING (Shower)

All detainees shower and change from their street clothes into the detainee uniform. Detainees receive one cotton shirt, one pair of pants with an elastic waistband and no pockets, under garments, croc shoes with no laces and sweater. read more

PROCESSING (Clothes)

PROCESSING (Clothes)

Clothes must be the appropriate size; ‘sagging’ is not permitted. Make-up, colognes/perfumes and hair products, such as gel and hairspray, are not allowed. Once the new detainee is dressed in appropriate attire they are taken to their living unit.   read more

MEDICAL

MEDICAL

Each detainee is given a wellness check by a registered nurse within 72 hours of being admitted at the facility. After the initial exam, youth may send a confidential written request to see the nurse for their medical needs. Youth requiring daily medication receive their prescription from the nurse. While medications, medical exams and basic illnesses are cared for by the nurse, if an illness requires outside medical assistance, youth will be taken to the hospital under the supervision of a Detention read more

RULES

RULES

Each Detention Facility has specific rules that the juveniles inside must follow. The rules are created to provide for the safety of everyone within the facility. These Rules were added to this site in March 2013. The Rules can change. Call (928) 425-6051 to get the current rules.   read more

HOUSING

HOUSING

Detainees are assigned to pods.  Each pod has a general area where youth are able to watch educational television at staff discretion during designated times. Youth are given free time when their schedule allows and depending on their level. There are five behaviour levels in this facility. Level 5 is the top level that can be achieved. Levels are decided through a rules based system in the facility. See the Rules tab for more information about levels. read more

HOUSING (General Area)

HOUSING (General Area)

The general area is always supervised by Unit staff. Detainees may only move throughout the general area with permission from the staff. This enables the staff to clearly observe the youth and ensure the safety of everyone.   read more

HOUSING (Inside)

HOUSING (Inside)

Youth remain on the pod when it is time to sleep. Each cell holds one person and each person is provided with a mat and two blankets.  All youth are allowed to take up to 2 books and a bible into his/her room. There is one ceiling light in the cell and it is controlled by staff. Cells are locked and monitored by unit staff at all times to maintain youth safety. Youth must sleep with their heads uncovered to allow staff to see that they are well. A toilet and sink is provided in each cell. Each read more

HYGIENE (Shower)

HYGIENE (Shower)

Showers are located in each unit and shared by all youth. Each person is allowed 3 minutes for their shower each day. read more

HYGIENE (Supplies)

HYGIENE (Supplies)

Every person is given a bar of soap, comb and a toothbrush when he/she comes to the facility. Each person is responsible for ensuring these items do not become lost. Each detainee brushes their hair and teeth in their cell at their sink and returns their hygiene items to detention staff. read more

EDUCATION

EDUCATION

Just like public schools, youth at the Gila County Detention Facility are required to attend school every weekday, including during the summer. School is taught by certified teachers. Students attend school for 7 hours each day and are placed into their classroom based on testing. Detainees remain in their assigned classroom throughout their school day.  Detainees may receive school work from their regularly attended public school. read more

EXERCISE

EXERCISE

In addition to school, youth are given 1 hour of outside exercise each day. All youth must go outside but participation is optional. All activities are supervised by unit staff. Physical contact is not permitted. An extra 1 hour physical education class is offered to all youth.  This class is voluntary. read more

FOOD

FOOD

All meals are eaten on the unit under the supervision of unit staff. All food is well-balanced and meant to provide the proper nutrition. Meals are served with juice or white milk. If needed, meals will be provided that meet special dietary needs. Special dietary needs may include medical, religious and/or vegetarian reasons.   read more

MAIL

MAIL

Youth are provided time on their pod at the end of their school day to write letters to family and friends. Mail can be received any day of the week. All letters received are checked for contraband (but not read) in the presence of the detainee before being delivered.  Detainees may not write to or receive letters from anyone on probation or parole. read more

VISITING

VISITING

The visitation schedule is determined based on the first initial of the detainee’s name. Visitors who live outside of Globe receive a 30 minute visit.  Visitors who live within Globe receive a 15 minute visit. Only parents, grandparents and legal guardians are allowed to visit. Visitors, other than parents/legal guardians and grandparents, must get pre-approval from the assigned Juvenile Probation Officer. All visits are supervised by Detention Officers to ensure safety.  Please see the Rules read more

VISITING (Entrance)

VISITING (Entrance)

Visitors enter through the juvenile detention lobby door and must leave all personal belongings outside of the facility; this includes purses. Visitors must have a photo form I.D. and all visitors are scanned with a metal detector prior to their visit.  Visitors are not allowed to bring in any food or gifts.  If inappropriate conversation, such as cussing or arguing, occurs, the visit will be terminated for that day.   read more

INCENTIVE PROGRAMS

INCENTIVE PROGRAMS

The Gila County Juvenile Facility has several incentive programs that are designed to encourage positive behavior. Free Fridays: Offered to the highest behavior level and includes popcorn from outside of the facility and a movie.  Detention staff provides this privilege to the youth.   Incentive Rewards:  This program gives youth points that they earn for their positive behavior. Students may ‘cash in’ their points to receive items such as, chips, candy, soda, etc.  read more

RELIGIOUS SERVICES

RELIGIOUS SERVICES

Youth detained in this facility may voluntarily participate in any religious service offered.  Services are held in the visitation area and offered every Sunday for an hour.  Denominations offered are based on volunteers from the community.  As of March 2013, denominations include: Non-Denominational. If other denominations would like to volunteer their services at the facility, they may contact the facility Director. *Facility phone number located under the Rules tab. read more

  • GILA COUNTY DETENTION FACILITY

    GILA COUNTY DETENTION...

    LawForKids.org staff  were invited to tour the Gila County...

  • WELCOME

    WELCOME

    Welcome to the Gila County Juvenile Detention Facility Virtual...

  • ENTRANCE

    ENTRANCE

    Juveniles who have allegedly committed a delinquent act are...

  • PROCESSING (Holding Room)

    PROCESSING (Holding Room)

    After being released into the detention facility's care, youth...

  • PROCESSING 2

    PROCESSING 2

    In addition, the detention staff complete an intake form that...

  • PROCESSING (Shower)

    PROCESSING (Shower)

    All detainees shower and change from their street clothes into...

  • PROCESSING (Clothes)

    PROCESSING (Clothes)

    Clothes must be the appropriate size; ‘sagging’ is not...

  • MEDICAL

    MEDICAL

    Each detainee is given a wellness check by a registered nurse...

  • RULES

    RULES

    Each Detention Facility has specific rules that the juveniles...

  • HOUSING

    HOUSING

    Detainees are assigned to pods.  Each pod has a general area...

  • HOUSING (General Area)

    HOUSING (General Area)

    The general area is always supervised by Unit staff. Detainees...

  • HOUSING (Inside)

    HOUSING (Inside)

    Youth remain on the pod when it is time to sleep. Each cell...

  • HYGIENE (Shower)

    HYGIENE (Shower)

    Showers are located in each unit and shared by all youth. Each...

  • HYGIENE (Supplies)

    HYGIENE (Supplies)

    Every person is given a bar of soap, comb and a toothbrush when...

  • EDUCATION

    EDUCATION

    Just like public schools, youth at the Gila County Detention...

  • EXERCISE

    EXERCISE

    In addition to school, youth are given 1 hour of outside...

  • FOOD

    FOOD

    All meals are eaten on the unit under the supervision of unit...

  • MAIL

    MAIL

    Youth are provided time on their pod at the end of their school...

  • VISITING

    VISITING

    The visitation schedule is determined based on the first...

  • VISITING (Inside)

    VISITING (Inside)

  • VISITING (Entrance)

    VISITING (Entrance)

    Visitors enter through the juvenile detention lobby door and...

  • INCENTIVE PROGRAMS

    INCENTIVE PROGRAMS

    The Gila County Juvenile Facility has several incentive...

  • RELIGIOUS SERVICES

    RELIGIOUS SERVICES

    Youth detained in this facility may voluntarily participate in...