SOUTHEAST MARICOPA COUNTY DETENTION CENTER TOUR

SOUTHEAST MARICOPA COUNTY JUVENILE COURT HOUSE

SOUTHEAST MARICOPA COUNTY JUVENILE COURT HOUSE

LawForKids.org staff were invited to tour the Southeast Maricopa County Detention Center 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 Southeast Maricopa County Juvenile Court House. The advisory, adjudication and disposition hearings for many juveniles in Maricopa County take place at this Court House. An advisory hearing is a formal court process where the juvenile is read more

WELCOME

WELCOME

Welcome to the Maricopa County Southeast Facility Juvenile Detention Virtual Tour. This facility can house up to 280 juveniles, ages 8-17. Juveniles in this facility include: Juveniles waiting to go to court Juveniles going through adjudication Juveniles waiting for the court to decide consequences (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 tour or going through the Juvenile Court Tour 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.  read more

ENTRANCE (Inside)

ENTRANCE (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 the rules of the detention center. 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. If a parent is present when read more

PROCESSING (Holding Room)

PROCESSING (Holding Room)

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

PROCESSING (Shower)

PROCESSING (Shower)

All youth shower and change from their street clothes into the detention uniform. Youth will receive one cotton shirt, one pair of pants with an elastic waistband and no pockets, under garments, shower shoes, 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. Pants must be cuffed above the ankle and shirts tucked into the waistband. Once the youth is dressed in appropriate attire they are taken to their living unit. read more

MEDICAL

MEDICAL

Each youth 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 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

MEDICAL (Entrance)

MEDICAL (Entrance)

Detention offers on-site counselors and psychologist to address youth's needs.  Youth can request to speak to a counselor while in 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 May 2013. The Rules can change. Call (602) 506-2669 to get the current rules. In detention there are rules that all youth must follow.  These rules are in place to make sure all youth are safe.  In addition, the rules help youth to understand which behaviors are appropriate.  This helps youth not read more

HOUSING

HOUSING

Youth are assigned to units based on gender and age.  Units can be one level (picture on far left) or two levels (pictured in middle and on right). Each unit 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 behavior levels in this facility. Level 5 is the top level that can be achieved. Levels are decided through a rules based system read more

HOUSING (General Area)

HOUSING (General Area)

The general area is always supervised by unit staff. Youth 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 unit when it is time to sleep. Each cell holds one person and each person is provided with a mat, 1 blanket and two sheets.  All youth are allowed to take up to 3 books and a religious text 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 read more

HYGIENE

HYGIENE

Showers are located in each unit and shared by all youth. Each person is allowed a limited time, usually 5 minutes, for their shower each day. Every person is given a comb and a toothbrush when he/she comes to the facility. Each person is responsible for ensuring these items do not become lost. read more

HYGIENE (Inside)

HYGIENE (Inside)

 Each person brushes their hair and teeth at the unit sink and are responsible for cleaning the area after their time at the hygiene counter is complete.  Youth with shoulder length or longer hair must secure their hair into a bun or braids using rubber bands provided by the staff. read more

EDUCATION (Computer Lab)

EDUCATION (Computer Lab)

Just like public schools, youth at the Maricopa County Detention Facility are required to attend school every weekday, including during the summer. School is taught by certified teachers. Students attend school for 6 hours and 15 minutes each week day and are placed into their classroom based on testing. Youth remain in their assigned classroom throughout their school day.  Youth may receive school work from their regularly attended public school if their parents choose to take it to the facili read more

EDUCATION (Library)

EDUCATION (Library)

Youth also have access to a facility library.  They may check out books to use on their living unit and return when finished. read more

EXERCISE

EXERCISE

In addition to school, youth are given 1 hour of exercise each day. This facility houses 2 indoor gyms to accommodate the youth. All youth must participate unless excused by a medical professional. Activities are supervised by the gym teacher and/or unit staff. Physical contact is not permitted. read more

EXERCISE (Outdoors)

EXERCISE (Outdoors)

 On some occasions, a secured outside area is used for physical education. read more

FOOD

FOOD

 All food is well-balanced and meant to provide the proper nutrition. Meals are served with water 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

FOOD (Cafeteria)

FOOD (Cafeteria)

All meals are eaten in the cafeteria under the supervision of unit staff. read more

CORRESPONDENCE

CORRESPONDENCE

Youth are provided time on their unit at the end of their school day or on weekends 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 juvenile before being delivered.  Youth may not write to or receive letters from anyone on probation or parole. Phone-Youth who achieve the 2 highest behavior levels through good behavior, receive either a 10 minute or a 5 minute phone call once a read more

VISITING

VISITING

The visitation schedule is determined based on the first initial of the juvenile’s last name and held every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Each visit is 1hour. Only parents, grandparents and legal guardians are allowed to visit. Visitors, other than parents/legal guardians and grandparents, must get pre-approval through the assigned Juvenile Probation Officer who submits the request to detention management for final approval.  read more

VISITING (Entrance)

VISITING (Entrance)

Detention management will approve/deny on a case by case basis. All visits are supervised by Detention Officers to ensure safety.  Please see the Rules tab for more information on visitation rules and times. read more

INCENTIVE PROGRAMS

INCENTIVE PROGRAMS

The Maricopa County Juvenile Facility has many educational and incentive programs that are designed to encourage positive behavior and provide youth with knowledge and skills they can utilize outside of the facility.   read more

INCENTIVE PROGRAMS (Red Zone)

INCENTIVE PROGRAMS (Red Zone)

Incentive Programs Include:   Red Zone: Offered to the highest behavior level, Level 5 (Red Shirts), and includes time spent on a unit designated for this program.  This unit includes foos ball, ping pong, basketball, air hockey, basketball and appropriate socialization with Red Shirts from other units. Star Depot:  This program gives youth points that they earn for their positive behavior. Red Shirts may ‘cash in’ their points to purchase items such as, a movie night, additional time read more

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING

GED Program: This program allows interested youth the ability to prepare for and take the GED test.  With parent permission, students take the GED test at no cost to them or their family.  Once students pass their test, the detention staff hosts a graduation ceremony complete with commencement procedures and graduation photos.  Families are encouraged to attend. Pictured at the above left is a wall in the detention school dedicated to the successful GED graduates. Arizona Young Arts Program: read more

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING (Inside)

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING (Inside)

Star Depot: This program is both an incentive program and an educational program.  Red Shirts participate in this program by interviewing for job positions.  These positions can include the Star Depot sales clerk, banker, etc.  Students receive interview skills, appropriate job behavior, and skills related to their specific job position. Food Handlers Program: Students voluntarily take an additional class and test provided by the detention school.  Detention staff complete all paperwork to enable 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 May 2013, denominations include: Non-Denominational and Catholic. If other denominations would like to volunteer their services at the facility, they may contact the facility programming manager. *Facility phone number located under the Rules tab. read more

  • SOUTHEAST MARICOPA COUNTY JUVENILE COURT HOUSE

    SOUTHEAST MARICOPA...

    LawForKids.org staff were invited to tour the Southeast...

  • WELCOME

    WELCOME

    Welcome to the Maricopa County Southeast Facility Juvenile...

  • ENTRANCE

    ENTRANCE

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

  • ENTRANCE (Inside)

    ENTRANCE (Inside)

    Once inside, the youth are released from police custody into...

  • PROCESSING

    PROCESSING

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

  • PROCESSING (Holding Room)

    PROCESSING (Holding Room)

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

  • PROCESSING (Shower)

    PROCESSING (Shower)

    All youth shower and change from their street clothes into the...

  • PROCESSING (Clothes)

    PROCESSING (Clothes)

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

  • MEDICAL

    MEDICAL

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

  • MEDICAL (Entrance)

    MEDICAL (Entrance)

    Detention offers on-site counselors and psychologist to address...

  • RULES

    RULES

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

  • HOUSING

    HOUSING

    Youth are assigned to units based on gender and age.  Units can...

  • HOUSING (General Area)

    HOUSING (General Area)

    The general area is always supervised by unit staff. Youth may...

  • 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 (Inside)

    HYGIENE (Inside)

     Each person brushes their hair and teeth at the unit sink and...

  • EDUCATION (Computer Lab)

    EDUCATION (Computer Lab)

    Just like public schools, youth at the Maricopa County...

  • EDUCATION (Library)

    EDUCATION (Library)

    Youth also have access to a facility library.  They may check...

  • EXERCISE

    EXERCISE

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

  • EXERCISE (Outdoors)

    EXERCISE (Outdoors)

     On some occasions, a secured outside area is used for physical...

  • FOOD

    FOOD

     All food is well-balanced and meant to provide the proper...

  • FOOD (Nutrition)

    FOOD (Nutrition)

  • FOOD (Cafeteria)

    FOOD (Cafeteria)

    All meals are eaten in the cafeteria under the supervision of...

  • CORRESPONDENCE

    CORRESPONDENCE

    Youth are provided time on their unit at the end of their...

  • VISITING

    VISITING

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

  • VISITING (Entrance)

    VISITING (Entrance)

    Detention management will approve/deny on a case by case basis....

  • INCENTIVE PROGRAMS

    INCENTIVE PROGRAMS

    The Maricopa County Juvenile Facility has many educational and...

  • INCENTIVE PROGRAMS (Red Zone)

    INCENTIVE PROGRAMS (Red...

    Incentive Programs Include:   Red Zone: Offered to the...

  • EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING

    EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING

    GED Program: This program allows interested youth the ability...

  • EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING (Inside)

    EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING...

    Star Depot: This program is both an incentive program and an...

  • RELIGIOUS SERVICES

    RELIGIOUS SERVICES

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