Mobile County - Strickland Youth Center

County Juvenile

Last Updated: October 02, 2020
2315 Costarides St, Mobile, AL 36617

Mobile County - Strickland Youth Center is for County Juvenile offenders have not been sentenced yet and are detained here until their case is heard.

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The Mobile County - Strickland Youth Center is a medium to low-security detention center located at 2315 Costarides St Mobile, AL 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 detention facility at the James T. Strickland Youth Center maintains 119 secure detention beds. Detention services are provided to juveniles who are detained for court proceedings or who are detained for evaluation, further court proceedings or to await placement in a treatment facility.

The detention program provides basic care and supervision along with an accredited education program, evening counseling groups, ministerial programs, and health education classes. Basic medical care is provided on campus.

Supervision is provided by a professional staff of detention officers and detention officer/counselors. They are trained and certified in first aid/CPR, preventive intervention techniques, suicide prevention, and basic health assessment techniques. Detention staff is on duty twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

The Intake Department processes all delinquent, child in need of supervision and dependent cases brought to the Strickland Youth Center. We also handle involuntary Commitments for individuals under the age of 19.
Once an agency or person files a complaint under oath with an Intake Officer, a preliminary inquiry is done of the information supplied. If it appears from the preliminary inquiry that the child is within the jurisdiction of the court, the Intake Officer shall either: (1) Utilize the informal adjustment process provided by Rule 15( handle the case without court action); or (2) file a petition if judicial action appears necessary ( send the case to court).

Cases that go before the court shall be initiated by the filing of a petition by the Intake Officer after receiving a verified complaint. All cases going to court require an attorney to represent the child and the payment of court costs.

Intake options:
• No further action
• Refer to Probation Officer
• Refer to another agency
• Refer to a specific program – CAPP, PACT, LIFE, FBC
• 90 Day Good Behavior
• Informal Adjustment
• Set for Preliminary Hearing
• Set for Shelter Care
• Release or Detain

Detention is based on
1. threat to others
2. Threat to self
3. History of FTA
4. Parent refuses to pick child up

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Visitation Information

James T. Strickland Youth Center - Visitation


The James T. Strickland Youth Center is a secure area. All residents’ identities are protected and considered confidential. The visitation policy is strictly enforced.


A. Mother/Father
B. Grandparents
C. Brothers and Sisters, age 18 and older only.
Picture I.D. with birth date required for each visit.
D. Any sibling with a different last name from the resident may require prior approval from the court before being allowed to visit.

Only those with approved visitation will be allowed in the building. The James T. Strickland Youth Center will not serve as a waiting area for unauthorized guests. Please make arrangements at home for the care of young children and others who will not have access to the building.

Visitation hours are:
Tuesdays – 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Saturdays – 9:00am to 11:00am
Residents are limited to 2 visitors for 15 minutes.

All unauthorized packages, purses, smoking materials, pocket knives or other weapons are not allowed in the building. In order to provide better security for residents, parents, and detention staff please be advised that a metal detector is in use at door 1.

Items allowed include the following: 3 pair of socks, 3 pair of underwear, Resident’s medication, 2 books (softback only), 1 Bible (softback only), 3 pictures (no alcohol, gang, drug, nude images allowed), stamps, 1 deck of cards. Female residents are also allowed a perm, and conditioner/shampoo combination.

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