PINAL COUNTY DETENTION FACILITY TOUR

PINAL COUNTY DETENTION FACILITY

PINAL COUNTY DETENTION FACILITY

LawForKids.org staff were invited to tour the Pinal 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 Pinal County Juvenile Court House. The advisory, adjudication and disposition hearings for many juveniles in Pinal 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 Pinal County Youth Justice Center Virtual Tour. This facility can house up to 96 juveniles, ages 8-17. The Pinal County Youth Justice Center is the temporary placement of a youth accused of a delinquent act, while awaiting the final outcome of his or her case in court. The purpose of Youth Justice Center is to house youth who, by virtue of their alleged offenses or documented prior histories, pose a serious public safety or flight risk. The Youth Justice Center is only used when read more

ENTERING THE FACILITY

ENTERING THE FACILITY

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 Youth Justice Center must open the door from the inside. Once inside, the juveniles are released from police custody into the care of the Youth Justice Center. Once in Youth Justice Center, detention officers are responsible for the juvenile and the juvenile is expected read more

PROCESSING

PROCESSING

After being released into the Youth Justice Center’s care, juveniles 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 juvenile is searched by an officer of the same gender to take any items that may be a danger to the youth or others.   read more

PROCESSING (Intake)

PROCESSING (Intake)

The intake process consists of:  Medical screening  Mental Health Screening Orientation of the Youth Justice Center Overview of Youth Justice Center rules Risk assessment screening  Substance abuse screening  read more

PROCESSING (Shower)

PROCESSING (Shower)

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

PROCESSING (Clothes)

PROCESSING (Clothes)

Shirts must be tucked into the waistband at all times and pants must be rolled at the cuff to show the ankle. 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 juvenile is dressed in appropriate attire they are taken to their living unit. read more

MEDICAL

MEDICAL

Each juvenile is given a wellness check by a registered nurse within 24 hours of being admitted to the Youth Justice Center.  A full physical will be given within 7 days.  All female juveniles are given a pregnancy test when admitted into the facility.  If it is determined that a juvenile is pregnant, the nurse will make sure required medical attention is provided for the health of the baby and mother.   read more

MEDICAL (Inside)

MEDICAL (Inside)

After the initial exam, youth may send a written request to see the nurse for their medical needs. Juveniles 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, juveniles will be taken to the hospital under the supervision of a Detention Officer. 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 November 2012. The Rules can change. Call (520) 866-4000 to get the current rules.     read more

HOUSING

HOUSING

Juveniles are assigned to units based on their gender, age and behaviour.  The living unit has a general area where youth are able to write letters to their family, participate in educational programming provided by staff and watch approved television. read more

HOUSING (General Area)

HOUSING (General Area)

 Juveniles are given free time when their schedule allows and depending on their level. There are four levels and one disciplinary phase. Levels are decided through the Step Up Program. See the Rules tab for more information about levels. read more

HOUSING (Outside)

HOUSING (Outside)

Juveniles remain on the unit when it is time to sleep. Certain clothing, such as shoes and sweatshirts, are not permitted inside the cell to maintain the safety of those inside. These items are left in a bin outside of their cell. Each person is provided with one mat, a sheet and blanket.  All juveniles are allowed to keep books, letters and photos into his/her room. There is one ceiling light in the cell and it is controlled by the unit staff. Cells are locked and monitored by unit staff at all read more

HOUSING (Inside)

HOUSING (Inside)

A toilet and sink is provided in each cell. Some units have single occupancy cells, while others are double occupancy allowing a roommate if behavior permits and if there is no safety concerns. Each unit also contains one handicap cell to accommodate juveniles with special needs.  Each day begins at 6:30 a.m. and, depending on level, will end at 8:30 p.m. Those with the lowest level go to bed at 7:00 p.m.  (See the Rules page for a more on the level system) read more

HYGIENE

HYGIENE

There are two individual showers in each unit. Each juvenile is allowed a certain amount of time designated by unit staff for their shower each day. Every person is given a cup with a toothbrush, toothpaste, and comb when he/she comes to the facility. Each juvenile is responsible for ensuring these items do not become lost. Each juvenile brushes their hair and teeth in their cell at their sink. Juveniles with hair shoulder length or longer are required to wear it up off their neck. read more

SCHOOL

SCHOOL

Just like public schools, juveniles at the Pinal County Youth Justice Center are required to attend school every weekday. School is taught by certified teachers at an accredited facility. Students attend school for 4 hours each day and are placed into their classroom based on testing and by contacting their public school. Juveniles remain in their assigned classroom throughout their school day. Maintaining and encouraging education is an important component of this facility. If the student would read more

SCHOOL (Library)

SCHOOL (Library)

This facility also houses a library (pictured on the right). Detainees may check out items from the library for use on their living unit.     read more

EXERCISE

EXERCISE

In addition to school, youth are given 1 hour physical activity 7 days a week. All juveniles are given the option to participate in all exercise activities while unit staff supervises. Physical contact is not permitted. Staff provides structured physical activities for juveniles. The outdoor recreation area (pictured on top) consists of:  Full length basketball court  Sand/Beach volleyball court  Picnic areas  Track  Football/soccer field  read more

EXERCISE (Indoors)

EXERCISE (Indoors)

The secured recreation area is adjacent to the housing units and is fully enclosed. It is used primarily for juveniles who are on a special behavior management plan. 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. Breakfast and lunch are served with 1 single serving of 2% white milk and dinner is served with 1 serving of 1% chocolate and 1 serving of 2% 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

CORRESPONDENCE

CORRESPONDENCE

Mail- Juveniles are given time on their unit to write letters to their family and friends.  All letters received are checked for contraband (but not read) in the presence of the juvenile before being delivered.  Juveniles may not write to or receive letters from anyone on probation or parole. Phone- Juveniles are permitted up to 2 phone calls a week; the length of time is based on their level.  Each phone call must be dialled by the unit staff and approved by the Probation Officer. Inappropriate read more

VISITING

VISITING

Visiting is held 7 days a week one of two ways; contact and non-contact.  Only parents, legal guardians and grandparents are allowed to visit and are supervised by Detention Officers to ensure safety.   read more

VISITING (Inside)

VISITING (Inside)

Any other visitors must receive prior approval by the assigned Juvenile Probation Officer.  Detainees are allowed to hold hands with their visitor during the visit. read more

VISITING (Waiting Area)

VISITING (Waiting Area)

Visitors wait in this area prior to check-in with facility staff. Personal belongings are not permitted during visitation including purses, cameras, and cell phones. Visitors are not allowed to bring any outside material for juveniles. Visitors are permitted to bring in up to $10.00 in cash for the vending machines in order to purchase beverages and snacks. Purchased snacks and beverages may be shared with the juveniles they are visiting. read more

PROGRAMS

PROGRAMS

The Pinal County Youth Justice Center has several programs that are designed to educate youth and encourage positive behavior. Step Up was adopted to help juveniles build and learn positive skills as they re-enter the community. It helps juveniles identify their strengths and challenges so that they can identify options for better choices.  The level system is in place to encourage and reward positive behavior from juveniles. There are four levels and one disciplinary phase.  Each level has its read more

  • PINAL COUNTY DETENTION FACILITY

    PINAL COUNTY DETENTION...

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

  • WELCOME

    WELCOME

    Welcome to the Pinal County Youth Justice Center Virtual Tour....

  • ENTERING THE FACILITY

    ENTERING THE FACILITY

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

  • PROCESSING

    PROCESSING

    After being released into the Youth Justice Center’s care,...

  • PROCESSING (Intake)

    PROCESSING (Intake)

    The intake process consists of:  Medical screening  Mental...

  • PROCESSING (Shower)

    PROCESSING (Shower)

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

  • PROCESSING (Clothes)

    PROCESSING (Clothes)

    Shirts must be tucked into the waistband at all times and pants...

  • MEDICAL

    MEDICAL

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

  • MEDICAL (Inside)

    MEDICAL (Inside)

    After the initial exam, youth may send a written request to see...

  • RULES

    RULES

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

  • HOUSING

    HOUSING

    Juveniles are assigned to units based on their gender, age and...

  • HOUSING (General Area)

    HOUSING (General Area)

     Juveniles are given free time when their schedule allows and...

  • HOUSING (Outside)

    HOUSING (Outside)

    Juveniles remain on the unit when it is time to sleep. Certain...

  • HOUSING (Inside)

    HOUSING (Inside)

    A toilet and sink is provided in each cell. Some units have...

  • HYGIENE

    HYGIENE

    There are two individual showers in each unit. Each juvenile is...

  • HYGIENE (Supplies)

    HYGIENE (Supplies)

  • SCHOOL

    SCHOOL

    Just like public schools, juveniles at the Pinal County Youth...

  • SCHOOL (Library)

    SCHOOL (Library)

    This facility also houses a library (pictured on the right)....

  • EXERCISE

    EXERCISE

    In addition to school, youth are given 1 hour physical activity...

  • EXERCISE (Indoors)

    EXERCISE (Indoors)

    The secured recreation area is adjacent to the housing units...

  • FOOD

    FOOD

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

  • FOOD 2

    FOOD 2

  • CORRESPONDENCE

    CORRESPONDENCE

    Mail- Juveniles are given time on their unit to write letters...

  • VISITING

    VISITING

    Visiting is held 7 days a week one of two ways; contact and...

  • VISITING (Inside)

    VISITING (Inside)

    Any other visitors must receive prior approval by the assigned...

  • VISITING (Waiting Area)

    VISITING (Waiting Area)

    Visitors wait in this area prior to check-in with facility...

  • PROGRAMS

    PROGRAMS

    The Pinal County Youth Justice Center has several programs that...