The Juvenile Detention Facility Administrative Offices
The Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) is a maximum-security facility designed to house up to 132 juveniles who are in need of being detained in a restrictive environment. These youth are either alleged to be delinquent or have been adjudicated delinquent. The Superintendent and two Assistant Superintendents manage the staff, services and programming of the Detention Center. The Detention Center operates within the guidelines and requirements as established by the Ohio Department of Youth Services (ODYS) and American Correctional Association (ACA)..
Programs are scheduled for all youth in the Detention Center and consist of education, tutorial services in Reading and Math, recreation activities, religious services, crisis counseling and structured presentations from community agencies.
Columbus Public Schools provides education for the Detention Center. Seven full time teachers provide instruction in Math, Science, Social Studies, English and Special Education. Title 1 funding provides for additional tutorial services in Math and Reading. A Summer School program provides continued educational services throughout the summer months.
The Recreation program provides opportunity for large muscle and leisure recreation activities daily. The objective of the recreation program is to provide a variety of activities, which promote health and fitness while educating youth on the importance of regular exercise.
Religious services are provided to youth on a voluntary basis. Youth are provided the opportunity to attend chapel weekly and request individual counseling sessions with the chaplain.
The Activity Coordinator invites representatives from community agencies to present structured information sessions related to health, life skills, life choices, career and education planing and to promote self-awareness and self-esteem. This program connects youth to various community agencies and provides the youth the opportunity for additional support services following release from detention.
In addition to youth admitted to the JDC, 1152 were electronically monitored at home during 2008. The Electronic Monitoring Unit allows for juveniles who pose minimal risk of harm to themselves, their families, or to the community or those who pose no flight risk to be monitored 24 hours a day utilizing a leg transmitter and monitor in the home. The monitor reports out of ranges to a computer center who then reports the out of ranges to the assigned officer. The assigned officer then responds as needed. Seventy-two (72%) percent of youth who were on electronic monitoring successfully completed the program during 2008.
Notice To Juvenile Detention Center Visitors
In order to provide increased security, order and control, the practice of general/open visitation will cease as of Sunday, June 19. The facility will move to the practice of visitation by appointment only. Designated time slots will be available on specific days. Parents/Guardians will be able to visit only by prearranged appointment. Walk-in visitation is prohibited.
Youth will be trained on this new policy by programming staff beginning the week of June 6th. Appointment only visitation will begin on June 22nd.
Visiting will be scheduled in half-hour blocks. A maximum of four (4) visits will be allowed per time slot. Visits will be conducted on Wednesdays, Saturday, and Sundays by appointment only. Wednesday appointments must be set by Tuesday at noon. Saturday and Sunday appointments must be set by Friday at noon. There will be a maximum of four visits per time frame offered. Visits will be made via calling Administration at 525-4292/4490 and specify you are calling to arrange visitation (this will make the process go faster and connect you to scheduling personnel). The dates and times are listed below:
Visitation will be on a first come, first serve basis. Parents may sign up for one visitation time on Wednesday and one time either Saturday or Sunday. These changes are consistent with the recommendations of the Ohio Administrative Code, 5139-37-19, which states that at a minimum, three assigned visitation periods per week be offered with at least one period scheduled for evenings and on the weekend. Our new schedule offers 24 options. THERE ARE NO CHANGES TO THE RULES AND REGULATIONS AS POSTED THAT GOVERN THE VISITATION SESSIONS.