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This facility is for juvenile residents.
The Benton County AR Juvenile Detention Center is a medium to low-security detention center located at 1301 SW Melissa Dr Bentonville, AR that is operated locally by the Juvenile Justice Department and holds youths awaiting the determination of punishment for the crimes which they are accused. Most of the adolescents are here for less than two years.
The primary job of the detention facility is to maintain the safety, security, custody, and control of all juveniles detained who have been charged with a criminal offense and either have been found guilty or plead guilty to the alleged offense. All criminally charged juveniles must be authorized by the juvenile circuit court judge, intake officer, or probation officer to be detained and before the juvenile can be transported by law enforcement to the juvenile detention center.
In addition to the detention of juvenile criminal offenders, this facility also holds Family In Need of Services (FINS) juveniles charged with status offenses through the authorization of a valid court order (VCO) and an intake officer.
Phone Calls: Pre-trial residents are allowed to make one 10-minute phone call per day between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Delinquent and FINS residents are allowed to make one 10-minute phone call per week. These phone calls will take place on Wednesday between the hours of 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
All phone calls are to parents, grandparents, and guardians.
Messages: Juveniles in the facility may not receive calls from family. Do not telephone staff to leave messages for residents.
Mail: Residents may write to and/or receive letters from parent/guardian, grandparents, or privileged mail only. Residents may mail two letters per week at the center’s expense. Each piece of incoming mail will be opened then searched by staff in front of the resident. All out-going mail will also be scanned with the exception of privileged communications to attorneys, counselors, court officials, caseworkers, or clergy. In addition, letters addressed to residents must be received through the US postal system. Any mail sent to residents by persons other than those approved will be placed in the resident’s personal property so that they may have it when they leave.
Special Requests: In the event that you need other special accommodations, please ask the staff at the detention center for a special request form. Each request will be reviewed by administration and you will be contacted when they reach a decision.
To ensure proper separation and understanding of all detained residents' statuses, the residents are issued color-coded clothing as follows:
Pre-adjudicated or Pre-trial residents-TAN. These residents who have been criminally charged but have pleaded not guilty and are waiting to receive a detention hearing within the first 72 hours or awaiting trial within the first 14 days after the detention hearing.
Adjudicated/Sentenced or Adjudicated But Awaiting (ABA)-BLUE. These residents who have either plead guilty or have been found guilty of a criminal offense and have been sentenced or awaiting disposition on sentencing.
Family In Need of Services (FINS)-RED. These residents who have been detained due to rule infractions as defined by the terms and conditions of a VCO. These status offenses are offenses that cannot be considered as criminal offenses for adults (e.g. truancy, minor in possession of alcohol, runaway, etc.).
Needs are addressed through consultation with a contract Nurse who approves medications and performs an initial evaluation of youth. If your child has medical needs, please promptly advise Detention Staff.
School classes are held Monday thru Friday, following the Sebastian Public School schedules for holidays and policies. Classes are conducted by on-site, state-licensed Special Education and Middle School teachers. Students work primarily in the areas of reading, language, and math to strengthen their skills.
Parents/guardians are asked to bring youth's work from their home school districts to work on while in detention and then to pick the completed school work up to deliver back to their school districts. Questions concerning the Education Department may be directed to (479) 444-1670 ext 5.
As part of the education program, the facility is fortunate to have a Physical Education teacher on-site to provide physical education services to youth who are detained. This structured activity assists with the overall mental health functioning of the Youth and with meeting the AR Juvenile Detention Standards Code for daily large muscle movement.
The facility meals and snacks are planned by the facility's Food Service Coordinator and must meet nutritional standards, as regulated by the National School Lunch Program. If you have questions or concerns regarding allergies, please contact the Food Service Coordinator by calling 479 444-1670 ext 4 or by emailing Judy Marion.
Mental Health Needs
Needs are addressed through on-site clinical services provided by the Social Work Intervention Program. Additionally, for youth who are currently receiving mental health services, their therapist may visit them to continue services while in detention.
Community groups, organizations, and churches, we well as individuals donate their time for specialized services such as hair care, health classes, clergy services, etc.
The Washington County Juvenile Detention Center also offers additional programming, including the following:
"Be Proud, Be Responsible" HIV Prevention
This program is designed to increase knowledge about transmission and prevention of HIV infection. This program helps explain the importance of responsible sexual decision-making, including abstinence.
A strength-based approach program utilizing lesson plans for all learning styles (visual, auditory, & kinesthetic) to help youth overcome their challenges and improve outcomes in areas of truancy, behavior, and academics.
Utilizing videos and group activities, Residents are given additional education on topics such as drugs, teen pregnancy, gangs, and STDS, with the consent of the Resident's parents. Residents are also given the opportunity for self-expression and empathy training through arts and crafts.
Skills / Character
Additional skill-based and character-building training are facilitated by the Staff Development Coordinator / Trainer utilizing innovative methods including technology to engage, empower, and equip youth to make better decisions.
CPR / First Aid
Residents are offered periodic training in the American Heart Association's CPR and First Aid curriculum.
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Juvenile facilities overseen by Benton County do not publish the names of the offenders housed in their facility. As such, there is no public forum for this information.
Monday thru Friday 6:00 am – 9:00 pm
Visitation: During the intake process, staff members will notify a resident’s legal guardian of their arrival and instruct them to come to the facility within 24 hours to fill out paperwork and have a 15-minute visit with the juvenile. Parents/guardians must bring a photo I.D. if they wish to visit with the resident. Residents are allowed one 15 minute visit within the first 24 hours after their arrival, then only two visits per week thereafter.
All visits are by appointment only: Parents/guardians may set visitation appointments by calling the staff station at ext. 0, Monday through Friday 6 am to 9 pm, prior to the resident’s visitation day. Residents are allowed one 30-minute visit per visiting day. Only parents/guardians, grandparents, or siblings age 12 and under, are allowed to visit. Each visitor must bring a photo ID. For alternate visit times, contact visits, or other relatives wanting to visit, a “Special Request” form must be completed. All requests must have approval from either the Director or the Assistant Director.
All visits after the initial intake are 30 minutes and only parents, grandparents, guardians, and siblings under 12 years old.
All Residents: Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Pre-trial and FINS: Sundays from 1 p.m. to 3:40 p.m.
Delinquents: Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 3:40 p.m.
Security: Any tobacco products, cell phones, purses, bags, or anything that can conceal weapons or contraband are to be left in your car during your visit. Additionally, please refer to the contraband information posted at the front entrances. Bring only your I.D., the resident’s insurance card, your keys, and the resident’s medication (if applicable) into the facility. Lastly, no food or drink will be permitted.
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The Benton County AR Juvenile Detention Center is within the jurisdiction of the Benton County Juvenile Justice System located at 1301 SW Melissa Dr, Bentonville, AR. We encourage you to review these questions and answers! If you have a question, let us know and we will answer it for you.
A status offense is a violation of the juvenile code which, if that same act were committed by an adult, would not be a violation of the law. There are only five status offenses recognized by Arkansas law.
They are: (1) truancy, (2) incorrigible child, (3) runaway child, (4) behavior or associations injurious to the welfare of the child and (5) the child is charged with an offense not classified as criminal or applicable only to children.
The juvenile will be released to the juvenile’s custodian or another suitable person unless substantial reasons exist for detaining the juvenile. Generally, appropriate reasons for detention in reference to delinquent acts may include, but are not limited to:
1. Alleged acts resulting in serious bodily injury or property damage/loss which constitutes a felony.
2. Acts of misconduct that placed any person or the general public at risk of serious harm.
3. Acts of misconduct involving a weapon or sexual offense.
4. Circumstances that indicate the juvenile is a significant flight risk and in need of protection.
A juvenile may only be detained in a detention facility as specified by the court and may not be detained in any jail or other adult detention facility.
The Juvenile Officer or designee has the authority to authorize the detention of a juvenile for a period of fewer than twenty-four hours. The Court must authorize continued detention for a period of more than twenty-four hours.
Juveniles may be handcuffed as needed to ensure the safety of all parties, including the juvenile. Juveniles under the age of thirteen should not be handcuffed as a matter of general practice unless the juvenile is combative r a threat to themselves.
Any juvenile taken into custody for offenses that would constitute a felony if committed by an adult shall be fingerprinted and photographed. This is a statutory requirement and consent by the Juvenile Division is not required. For misdemeanors, a juvenile’s fingerprints and photographs may be obtained only by a juvenile court order from the judge.
Yes. However, before an in-custody interview or interrogation may begin, a juvenile must be advised by the Juvenile Officer or a designee trained by the Juvenile Officer of each their rights. The admissibility of any juvenile statement is determined by circumstances on a case-by-case basis.
Yes. A juvenile may waive the right to have a parent, guardian, or custodian present, but the parent must be present and advised of the juvenile’s right to an attorney and remain silent, and the juvenile must be given the opportunity to consult with the parent, guardian, or custodian as to the waiver of the aforesaid rights.
1. The right to remain silent;
2. The right to an attorney and if the juvenile is unable to afford an attorney, that one will be provided;
3. Any statement made to the Juvenile Officer or Juvenile Division personnel may be used in later Juvenile Division proceedings;
4. That if the juvenile indicates in any manner at any time in the interview, they do not wish to be questioned further, the questioning will stop; Any statement to law enforcement or persons other than the Juvenile Officer or Juvenile Division personnel may be used against the juvenile in the event the juvenile is prosecuted as an adult.
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There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a County juvenile - low facility. This includes sending money for commissary packages, sending mail like letters with photos, magazine subscriptions, buying phone time, postcards and greeting cards, and even distance learning courses (get your degree, you've got a lot of extra time). You also need to know about visitation, what are the hours and rules.
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Here are some general guidelines for sending money to an inmate's trust account; but not specific to a particular facility, institution or jail. Inmates need money to access several privileges like weekly shopping at the commissary, making phone calls, using the email service where offered, using the electronic tablets where offered and paying their co-pay when needing the medical or dental services. Some county jails require a per-night fee for the jail’s expenses.
A commissary is a store within the jail. Commissary day is usually held once a week and can only be used if the inmate has funds in their commissary account, like a bank account within the institution. If the inmate has a job, their paycheck is deposited into this account, too.
The Commissary sells various products that the inmates may purchase if they have money on their books. Items sold are clothing, shoes, snacks and food, as well as hygienic products like soap, shampoo, and shavers. The commissary also sells products like books, magazines, televisions, radios, playing cards, headphones, MP3 players, electronic tablets, songs and educational programming. They also sell paper, envelopes, and stamps allowing the inmate to write their loved ones, friends and family. Facilities will provide stamps and paper to inmates who are indigent – eligible where no money has been in their commissary account for at least 30 days.
Sending money to an inmate varies from state to state, depending if it is county, state or federal, their ways of accepting money for inmates’ changes by the money transfer company they’ve contracted with. Federal Prisons and some state-level prisons have centralized banking systems which means that you do not need to know where they are specifically, just that they are in the state systems of for instance the California, Texas, Florida DOC or the FBOP to name a few.
Some facilities will allow you to deposit cash through the lobby window stand-alone kiosk in the lobby or visitation room. Most facilities will also accept a postal money order mailed to the institution’s inmate mailing address made payable to the full inmate’s name.
Electronic banking allows friends and family members to send the funds online, and correctional departments are starting to favor this method because it is less work for staff and more accurate/easier to keep track of, as well as being more convenient.
Regardless of the method of sending funds, there are several key things you will need to know:
• Inmate’s full committed name
• Inmate’s ID number
• Inmate’s location – or a system like the federal BOP
Before sending any funds you should find out what online transfer companies the institution your inmate is incarcerated in uses. You can find this information on our site by navigating to the facilities page click on the Money Transfer button under the address and phone number.
Pay close attention to the rules of the facility. Sometimes they will require money senders are on the inmate's visitation list. Some correctional facilities have a deposit limit, like $200-300 at a time, but in federal, there is no limit.
MoneyGram, JPay, OffenderConnect, AccessCorrections, JailATM, WU, Touchpayonline, tigercommissary, smartdeposit are some of the money transfer firms being used by various facilities. MoneyGram is by far the oldest and most trusted.
An inmate with fines or restitution will be subject to commissary/trust account garnishment. If the inmate has these financial obligations, they will be extracted from the inmate’s bank account. It may be a percentage or the entire amount depending on the situation. We recommend inmates who are going into their bid contact the counselor and make an arrangement beforehand. If you go in knowing they are taking 20-25% of all deposits is better than have them take it all and you find out in the commissary line when the account is zero.
This is generally a signal that the inmate is doing something they shouldn’t and need money to get them out of or through a situation. It could be gambling, it could be extortion it could be other things you don’t need to know on this forum (for now). Set boundaries with your inmate. Tell them that “this is the amount I can send each month” and that is it. There are no extras beyond the boundary. Also, NEVER send money to the account of another inmate on your inmate’s instruction. This is a sign that something is not right. If the corrections people discover this, and they do more times than not, it will result in some severe disciplinary action to the inmate, and certainly the loss of all privileges.
We recommend speaking with the counselor or case manager of the facility and use a generic reference in the event that your suspicions are wrong. You needn’t put them in a more difficult position if they are.
Show your loved one how much you care – order a package today! The facilities usually have a weekly limit of about $100 per inmate, plus processing and tax. The orders do NOT count towards the inmates weekly commissary allowances Deposits can be made online for inmates 24/7 using a credit/debit card
There are also a few services that allow you how to order inmate commissary online. These trusted providers are approved and share revenue with the prisons from the sales to the inmates.
Here is a list of other similar programs prison commissary: Keefe Group, Access Securpak, iCareGifts, Union Supply Direct, Walkenhorst's, CareACell
Prison commissary (also sometimes referred to as inmate canteen) is a store for inmates housed within a correctional facility. While the very most basics may be provided for by a given correctional department, there are also other important goods/services that Florida prisoners and inmates must buy. For instance, supplies such as supplementary food, female hygiene products, books, writing utensils and a plethora of other things are examples of things that can be purchased as part of an inmate commissary packages for goods.
When you add money to an inmate account, the prison funds are stored on an inmate trust fund. This prison account basically acts as a personal bank account of an inmate. They will use this account to make Inmate Calls, pay for postage to Send Photos from Inmates, send emails from inmates, purchase Items from Commissary, receive wages from jobs, and more.
Incoming and outgoing inmate mail is subject to inspection for the presence of contraband that might threaten the safety, security or well-being of the jail/facility, its staff, and residents. Inmates may receive only metered, unstamped, plain white postcards no larger than 4" x 6" as mail. Writing must be in pencil or blue or black ink. Any other mail will be returned to the sender. If no return address is available, unauthorized mail will be stored in the inmate's locker until the inmate's release.
Inmate mail cannot contain any of the following: Create an immediate threat to jail order by describing the manufacture of weapons, bombs, incendiary devices, or tools for escape that realistically are a danger to jail security; Advocate violence, racial supremacy or ethnic purity; No current inmate-to-inmate mail will be allowed and will be destroyed.
The easiest workaround is to look over the mailing services of InmateAid. We have an automated system for sending your loved one that special message or picture. We send thousands of pieces of mail per month with NO issues with the prisons or jails. The envelopes display the InmateAid logo, the mail room knows for certain that the contents will not be compromising. This trust was established in 2012.
Greeting cards are great for the holidays and birthdays. The ones from the store often have more than just the message because the policies surrounding appropriate content (no nudity or sexually suggestive material no matter how funny), and they cannot have glitter, stickers or anything else that makes the card different from a normal plain old card. Instead of going to the Hallmark store in the mall and looking around for hours - go to our easy to search Greeting Cards service.
It takes literally 45 seconds and it's very affordable for what you're getting (and what they are getting, too!). Select from 100s of birthday, anniversary and every holiday you can think of, and VERY easy to send from your phone on InmateAid:
Don't forget Christmas, Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, Father's Day, New Year's, Ramadan, Hanukkah, Passover, Easter, Kwanzaa or Valentine's Day!
In less than a minute and only $0.99, this act of kindness will be worth a million to your inmate. If you have a picture or two and don't want to write a long letter. Type out a little love in the message box and send your latest selfie... only 99 cents!
Don't wait until the moment has passed, it's easy and convenient to let them know you're thinking of them at every moment.
Send the best magazines and books to your Inmate in jail or prison, it's the gift that keeps on giving all year round, There is nothing more exciting to an inmate (besides their release date) than getting their favorite magazine every month at mail call.
Magazines and books must come directly from the publisher. You are not allowed to send single magazines in an envelope. They need to come directly from the publisher with your inmate's name affixed to the address label. Magazine subscriptions are easy to set up, it takes literally 2 minutes.
You know when you go into the grocery and browse the new magazines on display? You see hundreds. Inside they place a little card that if you fill it out and send it in with your inmate's name, ID number and facility address - you drop it in the mail and in 8-12 weeks your inmate gets an issue every month for a whole year. Thankfully, there is an easier way, just CLICK here and browse yourself. Select a title or two and add your inmate's name to the order. It's fast, it's reliable and it's at a discounted rate for your convenience.
The prison phone companies have a monopoly at the facility they have a contract with. Profits are shared so there is no incentive for their representatives to show you how to save money. They post their rates and in almost every case, there are at least two pricing tiers. Depending on where you are and where your inmate is, the type of phone number you use will make all the difference.
In federal prison, the answer is simply that a new local number will change your inmate's call rate from $.21 per minute to only $.06 per minute. Fed gives you only 300 minutes per month, the local line service is only $8.95, no hidden fees or bundling of other unwanted service charges
For the other facilities that are not federal, it used to be that a local number was the answer. Now, its market intelligence and InmateAid has made it their business to know what the best deal is in every scenario. And we can tell you that in 30% of the cases, we cannot save you a penny - and neither can anyone else. But we will give you a refund if we can't save you money.
For more specific information on inmate calls, you will want to navigate to the facility your inmate is incarcerated in through our site by going to Prison Directory and following the links to the Discount Telephone Service - get an honest estimate before you buy.