Franklin County Juvenile Detention Facility (FCJDF) is a 132-bed facility, which houses 96 males and 36 females.  The facility does not have youth in a dormitory area, but each youth has their own room.  The FCJDF provides all hygiene, clothing, food and educational needs of youth detained.  FCJDF is under the auspice of five (5) Judges for Domestic and Juvenile Court.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the visiting days and time?

Visiting hours:

The Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center has visitation available through Appointment Only. Each youth detained is permitted two (2) visits per week, and each visitation if 30 minutes in length. The Center has two (2) different schedule options for visitation throughout the week.


No Walk-Ins will be permitted

Only parents/legal guardians will allowed to schedule

No Shorts or Tank Tops (you will be turned away)

Do not bring anything with you for the youth (ie. Money, food, clothes)
as they are not permitted


Please call (614)-525-4292 or (614)-525-4490 to find out which option your child falls under.


Visitation days will be Wednesday and Saturday OR Sunday

Wednesday Appointment Times
*Call Monday 8am-5pm and
Tuesday 8am-12 noon

2:30 - 3:00 pm     6:30 – 7:00 pm

3:15 – 3:45 pm     7:15 – 7:45 pm
4:00 – 4:30 pm     8:00 – 8:30 pm
4:45 – 5:15 pm
Saturday OR Sunday Appointment Times
*Call Thursday 8am – 5pm and

Friday 8am – 12 noon.

9:00 – 9:30 am     2:30 – 3:00 pm
9:45 – 10:15 am     3:15 – 3:45 pm
10:30 – 11:00 am     4:00 – 4:30 pm


Visitation day will be Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday

Appointment times for all three (3) days are the same.

6:00 – 6:30 pm
6:45 – 7:15 pm
7:30 – 8:00 pm
8:15 – 8:45 pm
*Call Monday 8am-5pm for Tuesday visit
*Call Wednesday 8am-5pm for Thursday Visit
*Call Friday 8am-5pm for Sunday Visit

Visitation is held at the
Franklin County Juvenile Detention Facility
399 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215


2. Who can come to visitation?

Parents and guardians are the only people authorized to visit while youth is detained.  


3. If you are not a parent or guardian, can you visit?

There are exceptions to this rule:  1.  Other family members beside parent/guardian can visit if youth is on a Level 3 or Level 4.  The levels are based on youth’s behavior while detained in the facility.  Contact youth’s administrator to ascertain if youth has obtained a level.  Lawyers, counselors, and assessment agencies are authorized to visit the youth.   Any one other than parent/guardian who desires to visit a youth must obtain a court order.


4. Can I drop my child off at detention to teach them a lesson?

No, the Detention Facility holds only pre-adjudicated youth that requires the most restrictive environment to ensure:

  • Protection of the Public
  • Prevention of self-injury
  • Ensuring the presence of the Juvenile at Court hearings
  • To effectively transport of juveniles to other jurisdictions 


5.   Can I bring my child to the facility for a tour?

Due to safety and security issues, tours are not conducted.  

6.   Do youth attend school while detained?

Yes, unless graduated.  If youth has not graduated, Juvenile Detention Facility (JDF) follows school calendar of Columbus Public Schools. Certified Columbus Public School teachers are assigned to the JDF.

7.   Can I bring special schoolwork to my child?

Yes, special schoolwork can be submitted to your child while he or she is detained.  Contact Program Administrator, who will explain the process.  Telephone number 525-4834. 

8.   Can I obtain copies of school records?

Yes, by contacting the Columbus Public Schools, Special Education Department.  The contact number is 365-5225.  School records are not kept at the JDF once the youth has been released from the facility.


9.   How are youth’s medical needs meet while detained?

JDF has a contract with Nationwide Children’s Hospital, through Pediatric Academic Association (PAA).  PAA is on site providing medical, nursing and doctor services.


 10.   What if child has pre-arranged appointment for medical/dental care?

Parents and/or Guardians need to provide information to medical department, at which time medical staff will verify, the appointment.  Once verification has been received, security manager for JDF will make arrangements for youth to be transported to and from the appointment.   


 11.   Can I bring food or money to my child?

No.  All meals are provided for youth.  Detained youth do not need money.


 12.   Can my child receive mail?

Yes, youth can receive mail while detained.  All mail must go through United Postal Service and cannot be delivered by hand or dropped off at the facility.  All mail addressed to a youth who has been transferred or released will be forwarded.  If no forwarding address is available, the mail shall be returned to sender.  If mail is returned from the forwarding address, or there is no sender/addressee, the mail shall be discarded.

Mail should be sent to:
Franklin County Juvenile Detention Facility
399 South Front Street Columbus, Ohio 43215

Mail is not read but will be screened for contraband items. Pictures, money, gang and drug symbols or writing is prohibited.  If you have questions about what is acceptable, contact JDF Administrative Office at 525-4490.


 13.   Can a youth turn themselves in if a warrant has been issued? 

Yes, between normal business hours Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm, at 399 S. Front, at the prosecutor’s office. After normal business hours come to the lobby at 399 S. Front Street and use phone in lobby.  Call extension 4168 and a staff will attend the youth.


 14.   How do I obtain my personal items, i.e. keys if youth has been arrested?

One must obtain a Court order to release items.  Court order must specify what items to be released and to whom.  Upon arrival to collect items claimant must have valid ID.


 15.   Who should I contact if I have a compliant?

During normal business hours, Monday through Friday 8am-5pm, contact Asst. Superintendent at 525-4293 or Superintendent at 525-4291.  After normal business hours, contact Receiving and Release Supervisor on duty at 525-4350.


 16.   Will youth be allowed to make phone calls?

Yes, youth are allowed to make phone calls.  Upon admission youth is permitted to make two phone calls in order to contact parent, guardian or attorney.  If youth is admitted to the facility, phone calls are conducted on Tuesday and Thursday evenings with assistance from JDF staff.  


 17.   How can my child receive a clergy visit?

All clergy visits must go through the Chaplin.  The Chaplin’s number is 525-4277.


 18.   Can teachers, coaches visit youth?

Yes, if court order is obtained.


 19.   Is my child allowed to attend a funeral or hospital regarding a family member?

Yes, if court order is obtained.


 20.   How long will a youth be detained at JDF?

This depends on where the youth is in the judicial process; they could be released within hours of intake or detained as long as the Court deems appropriate.


21.    How do I determine my child’s next court date?

Contact the Franklin County Clerk of Courts at 525-4411.