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PARENT INFORMATION

PLEASE NOTE: Any exceptions to the following policies must be approved by either the Director or Assistant Director of the Juvenile Detention Center.

VISITING POLICY:

A resident will be allowed a minimum of one (30 minute) visiting time per week. However, the number of visits can be increased dependant on what phase a resident has obtained. Note: Residents serving a weekend commitment will not have scheduled visitation times.


PHASE

Number of Visits Per Week

ONE

ONE (1)

TWO

TWO (2)

THREE

THREE (3)

FOUR

THREE (3)

People allowed to visit residents include:

1.         Parents or legal guardians (unless visits have been revoked by the Judge, Juvenile Probation or Juvenile Detention).

2.         Resident’s spouse or children.

3.         Siblings and grandparents can visit when a resident is on Phase 4. However, if a resident is departing for further placement (i.e.: residential or Department of Correction), grandparents and siblings can visit once prior to the resident’s placement. Siblings must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

If parents will not visit the resident together (divorced, separated, etc.), the following options are available:

  1. Parents can split the visiting time.
  2. Parents can alternate visits (one can visit on one night and the other can visit on another night).

It is the responsibility of the parents to contact the center to make the visiting arrangements. 

Residents have the right to refuse a visit.  Residents must inform the parent/guardian if he/she will be refusing a visit.

VISITING HOURS


MONDAY -SATURDAY

7:00 PM - 7:30 PM, 7:45 PM - 8:15 PM

SUNDAY*

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM, 1:45 PM - 2:15 PM 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM, 7:45 PM - 8:15 PM

All visits MUST be scheduled by calling 465-3520.  You may not schedule visits more than one (1) day in advance.  If you arrive at the center during visitation hours without a visiting time, you will not be allowed to visit with your child. Visitors should be prepared to show identification at time of visit.

*When residents reach Phase 4 parents/guardians may bring in a snack for their child during the Sunday visit.  It must consist only of a factory sealed drink (20oz. or smaller) and factory sealed, individual sized snack.

TELEPHONE CALL POLICY:


A resident will be allowed a minimum of one five-minute telephone call with a parent/guardian per week. However, telephone privileges can be increased dependant on what phase a resident has obtained. Note: Residents serving a weekend commitment will not have scheduled telephone calls.


PHASE

Number of Telephone Calls Per Week

Length of Telephone Calls

ONE

ONE (1)

FIVE (5) MINUTES

TWO

TWO (2)

FIVE (5) MINUTES

THREE

THREE (3)

FIVE (5) MINUTES

FOUR

THREE (3)

TEN (10) MINUTES

A resident may speak with only family members at their legal residence.  Three-way calling to another residence is not allowed. If the resident speaks to non-family members or engages in a three-way call, sanctions will occur. Note: A resident is allowed calls to their Attorney, Probation Officer, DCS Case Manager, or other professionally approved persons upon request. These calls do not count against a resident’s total telephone privileges per week.

TELEPHONE CALL TIMES:

MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM

MAIL POLICY:

No letter will be accepted unless sent through the United States Mail.  Notes or letters are not accepted at the door of the Juvenile Detention Center or while the resident is at Court. Faxes will not be accepted.

Residents are furnished one to four envelopes per week (upon request and according to their phase).  Parents may supply stamped envelopes for additional writing. All outgoing letters are to be sent through the United States Mail.  Anything brought to the Juvenile Detention Center, and intended for a resident’s use, must first be given to the Detention Center staff for inspection. Note: Residents serving a weekend commitment will not have mail privileges.

TRANSPORTATION NOTICE:

If a resident is to be transported outside of the Juvenile Detention Center for any reason (i.e.: medical appointments, therapeutic appointments, etc.), he/she will be transported in handcuffs and accompanied by Juvenile Detention Center staff at all times.  If parents/guardians are present for any appointment outside of the Juvenile Detention Center while a juvenile is still in custody, the parent/guardian will not be allowed to give anything to the resident without first checking with a Detention Officer.

CONTRABAND AND TRAFFICKING WITH AN INMATE:

Illegal or restricted items brought into or leaving the Juvenile Detention Center with the intent of delivering or receiving said article to or from a resident will result in legal action pursuant to IC: 35-44-3-9 which states the following: A person who, without the prior authorization of the person in charge of a penal facility or juvenile facility, knowingly or intentionally:

1.         delivers, or carries into the penal facility or juvenile facility with intent to deliver, an article to an inmate or child of the facility;

2.         carries, or receives with intent to carry out the penal facility or juvenile facility, an article from an inmate or child of the facility, commits trafficking with an inmate, a Class A misdemeanor.

The offense is a Class C felony if the article is a controlled substance, a deadly weapon, or a cellular telephone or other wireless or cellular communication device.

Cigarettes, matches and lighters are prohibited inside the Juvenile Detention Center and considered contraband.  Smoking is strictly prohibited inside the Juvenile Detention Center.

SERVICES:

While in the Juvenile Detention Center residents will have access to medical, therapeutic and educational services.  Educational programming is conducted Monday through Friday year round under the supervision of a certified teacher.  If a resident is currently enrolled in school, parents are encouraged to obtain homework assignments. Religious services can be provided upon request and/or on a voluntary basis.