Porter County Juvenile Detention Center (coed)

County Juvenile

Last Updated: June 28, 2019
1660 South State Road 2, Valparaiso, IN 46383

Porter County Juvenile Detention Center (coed) is for County Juvenile offenders have not been sentenced yet and are detained here until their case is heard.

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The Porter County Juvenile Detention Center (coed) is a medium to low-security detention center located at 1660 South State Road 2 Valparaiso, IN that is operated locally by the Juvenile Justice Department and holds youths awaiting the determination of punishment for the crimes of which they are accused. Most of the adolescents are here for less than two years.

The juvenile justice system differs from the adult system, focusing on rehabilitation and recognizing the developmental differences in juveniles. It aims to protect both the child and the public and helps juveniles become productive adults.

Juveniles are detained if they pose a threat, may miss court, or violate court orders. Parental involvement is crucial for effective supervision and rehabilitation.

Key differences in terminology include "taken into custody" instead of "arrest" and "supervision" instead of "probation." Referrals usually come from law enforcement, and an intake social worker decides the juvenile's placement. An inquiry can lead to dismissal, corrective action, or court involvement.

The process includes a plea hearing, possible evaluations, a pre-trial conference, a fact-finding hearing, and a dispositional hearing to determine the case's outcome. Parents may need to cover associated costs.

Juvenile detention, as part of the juvenile justice continuum, is a process that includes the temporary and safe custody of juveniles whose alleged conduct is subject to court jurisdiction who require a restricted environment for their own and the community’s protection while pending legal action. Juvenile detention may range from the least restrictive community-based supervision to the most restrictive form of secure care. The critical components of juvenile detention include:

Screening to ensure appropriate use of detention;
Assessment to determine the proper level of custody, supervision, and placement;
Policies that promote the safety, security and well being of juveniles and staff;
Services that address immediate and/or acute needs in the educational, mental, physical, emotional and social development of juveniles.”

Behavior Program: Juveniles in the center agree to participate in the facility’s Behavior Program in order to join most facility activities. The program is based upon the principles of behavior modification. Juvenile earn points for performing expected behaviors in order to maintain and advance in phases of the program. There are four phases of the program, the higher the phase, the more privileges associated with it. Graduated sanctions for inappropriate behavior occur with consequences including loss of phase, time out of program, or suspension from the program.
Educational Services: The mission of the education program is to provide appropriate educational services to all residents regardless of age or ability level. A structured school day is provided to all residents Monday – Friday. All residents are administered an educational placement test upon admission. For those residents enrolled in school, schoolwork is requested from the resident’s home school. Assistance to complete all schoolwork is provided by detention teaching staff. General Education Diploma (GED) and SAT instruction is also available.
Medical Services: The center’s health care program consists of educational classes on health topics, medical assessments, routine care of illnesses and injuries, continuation of medically prescribed treatment programs initiated prior to detention, special medically prescribed diets, confidential counseling and testing on sensitive health issues, and emergency medical care as needed. Medical assessments are conducted by nursing staff within 24-hours of intake (48 hours on weekends, and holidays). The Porter County Health Department provides confidential counseling about HIV and other sensitive health issues, upon request.
Mental Health & Counseling Services: All residents are given a mental health screen within 24 hours of intake. Further intake information is received by the juvenile’s parent/guardian. Mental health and counseling services are provided pursuant to the juvenile’s identified need. Group counseling is provided twice per week with a therapist from the Family & Youth Services Bureau. Activities of Daily Living (ADL) groups are administered daily. Emergency evaluation services are provided by the Family & Youth Services Bureau and Porter Starke Services.
Religious Services: Formal religious services are not routinely conducted in detention, but made available upon request. Volunteers from various churches are routinely scheduled to conduct voluntary religious services and bible studies. Upon request of the juvenile, or upon request of a parent, clergy may visit with the juvenile in detention. If the juvenile or the juvenile’s family does not have local clergy able to visit, the Valparaiso Ministerial Association will help find clergy of the juvenile’s faith.

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Juvenile facilities overseen by Porter 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

Visitation at the county or regional juvenile facility is restricted to immediate family members only, including mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers. The visitation guidelines are stringent, and it is advisable to contact the facility staff to ascertain specific limitations. For information on visitation schedules, visiting room regulations, and other relevant details about your visit, please contact 219-465-3520. The facility staff will provide comprehensive guidance to ensure a smooth and compliant visitation experience.

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