YUMA COUNTY JUVENILE DETENTION TOUR

YUMA COUNTY DETENTION FACILITY

YUMA COUNTY DETENTION FACILITY

LawForKids.org staff were invited to tour the Yuma 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 Yuma County Juvenile Court House. The advisory, adjudication and disposition hearings for many juveniles in Yuma 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 Yuma County Juvenile Detention Virtual Tour. This facility can house up to 79 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 Juvenile Court tab on this tour 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 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 the 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. read more

PROCESSING (Holding Room)

PROCESSING (Holding Room)

 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.  read more

PROCESSING (Inside Holding Room)

PROCESSING (Inside Holding Room)

The officer will collect all of the juvenile’s personal belongings and store the items until the juvenile is released. 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 sweatshirt (in winter), one pair of pants with an elastic waistband and no pockets, under garments, shoes with no laces and shower shoes. 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 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 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 24 hours of being admitted at the facility. A full physical will be given after 72 hours. 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 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 on August 25, 2011. The Rules can change. Call (928) 314-1900 to get the current rules. read more

HOUSING

HOUSING

Detainees are assigned to units based on their gender, age and charges with 12 youth per unit. Each 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. 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 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

ROOMS

ROOMS

Youth 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. The boys’ units have 1 person assigned to each cell. The girls’ unit houses 2 people per cell. Each person is provided with one mat, a sheet and blankets. All youth are allowed to take one religious book into his/her room; however, depending on their level, youth can also have 2 other books. There is one ceiling light in read more

ROOMS (Inside)

ROOMS (Inside)

Each day begins at 7:00am and, depending on level, will end at 9:00pm (with the exception of Friday & Saturday for Level 4). Those with the lowest level go to bed at 7:00pm. (See the Rules page for a more on the level system) read more

HYGIENE

HYGIENE

Showers are located in each unit and shared by all youth. Each person is allowed 5 minutes for their shower each day. Every person is given a baggie with a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant and comb 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. There is a toilet in each cell and shared by both occupants. read more

SCHOOL

SCHOOL

Just like public schools, youth at Yuma County Detention Facility 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. Detainees remain in their assigned classroom throughout their school day. Maintaining and encouraging education is an important component of this facility. If the student would like to obtain their GED, a staff member of the facility read more

EXERCISE

EXERCISE

In addition to school, youth are given 1 hour physical activity each day. read more

EXERCISE (Indoors)

EXERCISE (Indoors)

 All youth must participate in all exercise activities while unit staff supervise. Physical contact is not permitted. 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. 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 given time on their unit to write to their family and friends.  The facility will provide postcards, stamps and mail the letters.  Youth may also receive mail; however, to maintain safety, the mail must be a postcard.  Any letters received that are in an envelope will not be accepted.  Detainees may  not write to or receive postcards from anyone on probation or parole. read more

PHONE

PHONE

Detainees are permitted phone calls; the number of calls and the length of time is based on their level (see rules tab). Each phone call is must be dialed by the unit staff and approved by the Probation Officer. Long distance calls are not permitted unless dialed collect. Detainees may call their attorney when needed with no time restrictions. read more

VISITING

VISITING

Visiting is held every week one of two ways; contact and non-contact. The length of time per visit and the number of visits depends on the behavior level of the detainee.  read more

VISITING (Inside)

VISITING (Inside)

Only parents or guardians are allowed to visit and are supervised by Detention Officers to ensure safety. Please see the Rules tab for more information on visitation rules and times. read more

VISITING (Entrance)

VISITING (Entrance)

Visitors enter through this door and must lock up all personal belongings in the lockers before entering the facility. Visitors are not allowed to bring in any gifts. If inappropriate conversation, such as cussing or arguing, occurs, the visit will be terminated for that day. read more

PROGRAMS

PROGRAMS

The Yuma County Juvenile Facility has several programs that are designed to educate youth and encourage positive behavior. STEP UP: Education that the Detention Officers provide for the detainees to increase their knowledge and encourage positive behavior. Boss Bucks: A positive reinforcement tool that allows detainees to use their bucks in exchange for incentives, i.e. snacks, phone calls, etc.  read more

  • YUMA COUNTY DETENTION FACILITY

    YUMA COUNTY DETENTION...

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

  • WELCOME

    WELCOME

    Welcome to the Yuma County Juvenile Detention Virtual Tour....

  • ENTERING THE FACILITY

    ENTERING THE FACILITY

    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)

     For the safety of all the youth in the facility, each new...

  • PROCESSING (Inside Holding Room)

    PROCESSING (Inside...

    The officer will collect all of the juvenile’s personal...

  • PROCESSING (Shower)

    PROCESSING (Shower)

    All detainees 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 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 units based on their gender, age and...

  • HOUSING (General Area)

    HOUSING (General Area)

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

  • ROOMS

    ROOMS

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

  • ROOMS (Inside)

    ROOMS (Inside)

    Each day begins at 7:00am and, depending on level, will end at...

  • HYGIENE

    HYGIENE

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

  • HYGIENE (Supplies)

    HYGIENE (Supplies)

  • SCHOOL

    SCHOOL

    Just like public schools, youth at Yuma County Detention...

  • EXERCISE

    EXERCISE

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

  • EXERCISE (Indoors)

    EXERCISE (Indoors)

     All youth must participate in all exercise activities while...

  • FOOD

    FOOD

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

  • MAIL

    MAIL

    Youth are given time on their unit to write to their family and...

  • PHONE

    PHONE

    Detainees are permitted phone calls; the number of calls and...

  • VISITING

    VISITING

    Visiting is held every week one of two ways; contact and...

  • VISITING (Inside)

    VISITING (Inside)

    Only parents or guardians are allowed to visit and are...

  • VISITING (Entrance)

    VISITING (Entrance)

    Visitors enter through this door and must lock up all personal...

  • PROGRAMS

    PROGRAMS

    The Yuma County Juvenile Facility has several programs that are...