Dane County WI Juvenile Detention Center

County Juvenile

Last Updated: March 27, 2024
215 S Hamilton St, Madison, WI 53703-3295

Dane Co JDC is for County Juvenile offenders have not been sentenced yet and are detained here until their case is heard.

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The Dane County WI Juvenile Detention Center is a medium to low-security detention center located at 215 S Hamilton St Madison, WI 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 Juvenile Detention Center operates with the mission of providing a physically and emotionally safe and secure environment for juveniles who have been temporarily placed by the court. Additionally, the center aims to equip these youth with new skills that will enable them to contribute positively to the community upon their release. With a capacity of 30 juveniles, the center serves several primary purposes for holding juveniles:

1. **Prevention of Harm to Others**: Juveniles may be held in detention if there is reason to believe that their release would pose a risk of harm to other individuals. This ensures the safety of both the community and the juveniles themselves.

2. **Ensuring Availability for Court Proceedings**: If there is reason to believe that releasing a juvenile would result in their unavailability for further court proceedings, such as hearings or trials, they may be detained to ensure their presence in the legal process.

3. **Enforcement of Court Orders and Rules**: Juveniles who have been found to violate a valid court order or rules of supervision may be detained as a consequence of their actions. This serves to enforce accountability and compliance with the legal system.

The majority of juveniles (approximately 75%) are held in detention while their court process and disposition are pending. This period allows for the completion of necessary legal procedures and assessments to determine the appropriate course of action for each case.

Overall, the Juvenile Detention Center plays a critical role in the juvenile justice system by providing temporary placement for youth who require secure supervision and support during the legal process, with the ultimate goal of facilitating their rehabilitation and successful reintegration into the community.

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Juvenile facilities overseen by Dane County do not publish the names of the offenders housed in their facility. As such, there is no public forum for this information.

Visitation Information

Family visits should be scheduled during the hours listed on this card by calling the Juvenile Reception Center at (608) 266-4983.
School-aged siblings are allowed to visit when a parent is present. Please bring identification with you for all visitors, including school ID’s for siblings.
Visits are limited to 30 minutes.
All items must be placed in the lockers that are available in our public lobby and all visitors must pass through a metal detector. No food, candy, drinks or packages of any kind will be allowed into the visitation area.

Visiting Hours

Monday through Friday:
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM (Parents allowed to visit 8:00-8:30 during breakfast before their workday)
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM*
*for visitors, to 8:30 PM for incoming phone calls (call by 8:20 PM for a 10-minute call)

Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays:
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM*
*for visitors, to 8:30 PM for incoming phone calls

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