SANTA CRUZ COUNTY DETENTION FACILITY

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY DETENTION FACILITY

LawForKids.org staff were invited to tour the Santa Cruz County Detention Facility in order to show what a day in the life is like for a juvenile in the detention facility. The tour shows photographs and explains our experiences.   read more

SANTA CRUZ COURT

SANTA CRUZ COURT

This photo shows the Santa Cruz County Juvenile Court House. The advisory, adjudication and disposition hearings for many juveniles in Santa Cruz County take place at this Court House. An advisory hearing is a formal court process where the juvenile is told about the charges against him or her and can admit or deny them. Rules of Procedure for the Juvenile Court, Rule 28 (A). An adjudication hearing is a trial in front of a judge only (not a jury), where the court determines whether the juvenile read more

WELCOME

WELCOME

Welcome to the Santa Cruz County Juvenile Detention Virtual Tour. This facility can house up to 32 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 this 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

PROCESSING

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. Youth are allowed 1 phone call read more

PROCESSING (Shower)

PROCESSING (Shower)

All detainees shower and change from their street clothes into the detainee uniform.  read more

PROCESSING (Clothes)

PROCESSING (Clothes)

Detainees receive one cotton shirt, one pair of pants with an elastic waistband and no pockets, under garments, shoes with no laces and shower shoes. 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 48 hours of being admitted at the facility. After the initial exam, youth may send a written request to see the nurse for their medical needs. Youth requiring daily medication receive their prescription from the nurse or Detention Officer under the nurse’s approval. 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 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) 803-3000 to get the current rules. read more

HOUSING

HOUSING

Detainees are assigned to living units.  Each unit has a general area where youth are able to watch educational television at staff discretion. Youth are given free time when their schedule allows and depending on their level. There are four behavior levels in this facility. Level 4 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. The general area is always supervised by Unit staff. Detainees read more

HOUSING (Inside)

HOUSING (Inside)

Youth remain on the unit when it is time to sleep. Each cell may contain one person and each person is provided with a mat, one blanket and sheet.  All youth are allowed to take books into his/her room depending on their behavior level. There is one ceiling light in the cell and detainees are required to keep the light on throughout the day. 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 read more

HYGIENE

HYGIENE

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 and a toothbrush when he/she comes to the facility. Each person is responsible for ensuring these items do not become lost. Toothpaste is provided by the Unit staff when needed. Each detainee brushes their hair and teeth in their cell at their sink.  Detainees with long hair are provided one scrunchie (hair tie) to secure their hair. read more

EDUCATION

EDUCATION

Just like public schools, youth at the Santa Cruz County Detention Facility are required to attend school every weekday, including during the summer. School is taught by certified teachers. Students attend school for 5 hours each day and are placed into their classroom based on gender. Detainees remain in their assigned classroom throughout their school day. In addition to traditional school subjects, this facility also includes two other programs.  A hip hop music class twice a week; this is an read more

EXERCISE

EXERCISE

In addition to school, youth are given 2 hours 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 physical education class is offered to all youth that use popular fitness programs such as, Zumba and Insanity.  These classes are voluntary and provided for by the Education department. 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

CORRESPONDENCE

CORRESPONDENCE

Mail- Youth are provided time 3 days a week 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. Phone- Each detainee is given 1 phone call when they are processed into the facility.  Once on the unit, detainees are permitted phone read more

VISITING

VISITING

All visits are held on the weekends and are for 30-60 minutes in length. The length of the visit is dependent on the behavior level of the detainee. Only parents, grandparents and legal guardians are allowed to visit. Siblings over the age of 18 may be allowed to visit.  Visitors, other than parents/legal guardians and grandparents, must get pre-approval from the Juvenile Probation Officer. All visits are supervised by Detention Officers to ensure safety.  Please see the Rules tab for more information read more

VISITING (Entrance)

VISITING (Entrance)

Visitors enter through the juvenile detention lobby door and must lock up all personal belongings in the lockers before entering the facility. 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 Santa Cruz County Juvenile Facility has several incentive programs that are designed to encourage positive behavior. Free Fridays: Offered to the highest behavior level and includes food from outside of the facility and a movie. Recreation Room: Offered to behavior levels 2-4 and gives youth time to play ping pong and foosball. The highest behavior level is also able to play approved video games during the weekend at staff discretion.  read more

RELIGIOUS SERVICES

RELIGIOUS SERVICES

Youth detained in this facility may voluntarily participate in any religious service offered.  Services are held in the school classrooms and offered 3 nights a week for 1.5-2 hours each.  Denominations offered are based on volunteers from the community.  As of November 2012, denominations include: Catholic, Baptist, and Non-Denominational. If other denominations would like to volunteer their services at the facility, they may contact the facility Director. read more

  • SANTA CRUZ COUNTY DETENTION FACILITY

    SANTA CRUZ COUNTY...

    LawForKids.org staff were invited to tour the Santa Cruz County...

  • SANTA CRUZ COURT

    SANTA CRUZ COURT

    This photo shows the Santa Cruz County Juvenile Court House....

  • SANTA CRUZ COURT (Inside)

    SANTA CRUZ COURT (Inside)

  • WELCOME

    WELCOME

    Welcome to the Santa Cruz County Juvenile Detention Virtual...

  • ENTRANCE

    ENTRANCE

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

  • PROCESSING

    PROCESSING

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

  • PROCESSING (Holding Room)

    PROCESSING (Holding Room)

  • PROCESSING (Holding Room Inside)

    PROCESSING (Holding...

  • PROCESSING (Shower)

    PROCESSING (Shower)

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

  • PROCESSING (Clothes)

    PROCESSING (Clothes)

    Detainees receive one cotton shirt, one pair of pants with an...

  • 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 living units.  Each unit has a...

  • HOUSING (Inside)

    HOUSING (Inside)

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

  • HYGIENE

    HYGIENE

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

  • HYGIENE (Supplies)

    HYGIENE (Supplies)

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

  • EDUCATION

    EDUCATION

    Just like public schools, youth at the Santa Cruz County...

  • EDUCATION (computer lab)

    EDUCATION (computer lab)

  • EXERCISE

    EXERCISE

    In addition to school, youth are given 2 hours of outside...

  • FOOD

    FOOD

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

  • CORRESPONDENCE

    CORRESPONDENCE

    Mail- Youth are provided time 3 days a week at the end of...

  • VISITING

    VISITING

    All visits are held on the weekends and are for 30-60 minutes...

  • VISITING (inside)

    VISITING (inside)

  • VISITING (Entrance)

    VISITING (Entrance)

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

  • INCENTIVE PROGRAMS

    INCENTIVE PROGRAMS

    The Santa Cruz County Juvenile Facility has several incentive...

  • RELIGIOUS SERVICES

    RELIGIOUS SERVICES

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