Southwest Indiana Regional Youth Village

County Juvenile

Last Updated: December 07, 2021
2290 South Theobald Lane, Vincennes, IN 47591

Southwest Indiana Regional Youth Village is for County Juvenile offenders have not been sentenced yet and are detained here until their case is heard.

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The Southwest Indiana Regional Youth Village is a medium to low-security detention center located at 2290 South Theobald Lane Vincennes, 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.

The Southwest Indiana Regional Youth Village is located in the city of Vincennes, Indiana. The Center opened in May 1995. The Southwest Indiana Regional Youth Village contains 80- secure detention beds and is located on the same grounds as the Residential Facility, which includes a Wellness Center, a Programs Building housing a school, food service department, recreation department, maintenance shops, warehouse and 3- Residential Treatment Cottages, all located outside the detention center’s perimeter fence.

The rear outside perimeter of the facility is surrounded by a 14 ft. fence with numerous cameras and perimeter lighting surrounding the detention center and residential cottages. The entrance to the detention facility lobby and administrative offices is controlled by a delayed egress door. The Southwest Indiana Regional Youth Village is a privately operated secure detention facility.

Conditions of Confinement
A. Security Youth Detention staff at the center are trained to use the Handle with Care verbal program for de-escalation techniques and Handle with Care Techniques for defensive tactics with the youth. Staff is also trained in Trauma Informed Care. All isolation incidents are approved by an administrative designee and monitored visual by unit staff. The center does use the isolation cell and room restriction on short term basis for behavior violations, programming disruption, and / or out of control behavior.

B. Environmental Conditions The detention center opened in May 1995 and offers a safe environment. In all areas of the detention center including the youth dorm areas were clean and organize. Sanitation in the facility was found to be above standard. The resident’s furniture is functional and in good condition Staff uniforms consist of short and long-sleeved red polo shirts, sweatshirts, khaki pants, black belt, black shoes, white socks, navy-colored coats. Resident’s at the detention center wear scrub style pants and tops, t-shirts with Bob Barker Velcro Shoes or Shower Shoes during winter months the youth are issued sweatshirts.

C. Food Service The facility has a kitchen in which all meals are prepared by Southwest Indiana Regional Youth Village kitchen staff. The kitchen staff is friendly and very knowledgably in food service preparation. The kitchen production area, freezers, refrigerators, and dry storage areas were very clean, and organized. The youth eat the dining hall area while being supervised by detention staff.

D. Medical Services The Southwest Indiana Regional Youth Village contracts medical services with Dr. Dan Herman Jr. (Medical Director), with the assistance of Wellness Center Charge Nurse, Beth Meyers and 3- LPN nurses. Through the contract: a medical physician visits the center once a week for morning sick calls and evaluations and is on-call 24 hours per day. The detention center mental health care services contract is with Dr. Princess Gaitawe- Johnson, of the Willows (Good Samaritan Hospital).

E. Educational Program The education program is overseen by School Principal, Lori Graham. Education services are provided through the facility’s accredited school, the Lakeview Jr.-Sr. High School. Each youth has an Individual Learning Plan based on the results of his/her reading and math assessments. The program is an open entry/open exit, self-paced competency-based program. The school program includes several computers for on- line TASK program. The detention center also uses a credit recovery program to assist youth. The Youth attend school daily 12 months a year, Monday thru Friday, with 5 hours of instructional time per day and youth participate in 1 hour of physical education per day

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Visitation Information

Southwest Indiana Regional Youth Village - Visitation

The Center provides visitation for youth and their parents or guardians at least once per week.

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