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Southwest Regional Juvenile Detention Center

State Juvenile

Last Updated: June 28, 2019
507 W Sante Fe St, Garden City, KS 67846

Southwest Regional Juvenile Detention Center is for State Juvenile offenders sentenced up to twelve months.

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Southwest Regional Juvenile Detention Center basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 620-272-3800

The Southwest Kansas Regional Juvenile Detention Center is a 28-bed, hardware secure juvenile correctional facility located in Garden City, KS.

Am I charged for my child to be held at the Juvenile Detention Center? Many counties bill the families for their childs stay at the Juvenile Detention Center. For 2013 the cost is $145 per day plus any medications the youth is needing. This is not billed directly from the JDC. The JDC bills each county agency who placed the youth in the facility. Then the county bills the family. Who provides clothing and personal care items for my child? The Juvenile Detention Center provides all clothing items and personal care items such as toothpaste, toothbrush, shower items etc.

The center is operated by Finney County for the benefit of 18 Counties of Southwest Kansas by virtue of inter-local agreements or contracts. Service areas include the 16th, 25th, and 26th judicial districts of Kansas.

The Program
The Center is licensed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to provide secure detention services for youth, aged 10-17. Youth placed in the facility typically are charged with offenses of a criminal nature and placement in other non-secure settings within the community have been determined inappropriate given the need to protect society and the personal situations of the youth.

The Juvenile Program

Academic Education
Academic education is provided by USD 457 Garden City, Ks. Two teachers are employed on a full-time, year-round basis. School is conducted five days a week, fifty-one weeks each year. Small groups of students attend classes from 7:45 am until 3:15 pm, Monday - Friday. Education includes areas of reading, communication, math, computer technology, social science, science, life skills, and health. GED preparation and testing is available for those youth who have received parental and State Board of Education permission. We will follow all individual education plans regardless of school.

Physical Education
The youth participate in no less than one hour of physical education daily. The physical education program provides the youth an opportunity to gain the physical exercise necessary for the development of healthy bodies and minds. A variety of activities are available during this time. Basketball, volleyball, badminton, horseshoes, wiffelball, tumbling, weight lifting, and other activities are included.

Physical Education activities generally are conducted in the outside courtyard area of the facility. In the event of extreme weather conditions the physical education program is moved inside to the gymnasium. Informal and formal activities for the youth to participate in are provided on a one-on-one or group basis. Arts and crafts, board games, video games, movies, the library, and religious services are also available.

Volunteer Services
Many volunteers help to ensure the youth are well grounded and learn to give back t0 the community. Opportunities for the youth include Church services on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings and then Quilting where the youth create small quilts which are donated to many organizations in Finney County.

Drug and Alcohol/Mental Health Services
The SWJDC works with Compass Behavioral Health and 25th Judicial Youth Services to provide Drug and Alcohol programming to the youth to help the many growing issues of drug abuse amongst our young and vulnerable population. Groups are being held seven days a week and all youth attend. Compass Behavioral Health conducts many different groups and individual mental health counseling to help the youth recognize their thinking and help them deal with their many different issues. These services are provided through grants that each agency has received.

Food Service
Food preparation is completed in the full-service, commercial-grade kitchen. All meals are prepared by well qualified and experienced food-service staff that cook from scratch. Scratch cooking and baking provide good tasting meals at an economical price.

Breakfast / Lunch Program
Participation in the Kansas State Board of Education School Breakfast / Lunch Program assures the youth are provided balanced diets that meet all nutritional standards for adolescent youth. Three healthy meals and healthy evening snacks are provided to the youth daily. The School Breakfast / Lunch Program also provides the organization with the added benefit of reimbursement for nearly 50% of the total food cost incurred by the facility annually. The wellness policy can be viewed at www.kn-eat.org. For more information on the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) visit the Kansas Summer Food Service program website. To find a location serving free summer meals click here.

Health Services
All youth admitted to the facility participate in a medical screening at the time of admission. Should the health screening at the time of admission dictate, immediate health services are available through Saint Catherine Hospital in Garden City.

All youth are subjected to a TB test within three days of admission and all youth are provided a thorough health exam within 10 days of admission. Health services are provided by a Registered Nurse with special qualifications to perform the health examination. In the event of health needs exceeding the capability of the health nurse, referral to a local physician, dentist, or other health care professionals may be made.

Sexually Transmitted Disease
All youth admitted to the facility are entitled to participate in a voluntary program of screening for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD). Each youth is provided educational material and is counseled by the nurse regarding sexually transmitted disease. Participation in this voluntary program is very high.

Additional Tests
In addition to the health services provided to youth in the facility the nurse conducts employee physicals and training for staff on matters relating to health concerns such as hepatitis and other diseases which may result from blood-born pathogens.

Inmate Locator

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

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Visitation Information

Southwest Kansas Regional Juvenile Detention Center - Visitation

Daily from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm and 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

All visitors must call ahead 24 hours to schedule a visit due to limited visitation space. Please call 620-272-3805 to schedule your visit.

No items can be brought in to the facility. The Southwest Regional Juvenile Detention Center supplies all items your child shall need while they are at the center. When you visit you may not bring in any items. A locker is provided for visitors to lock up their purses, keys, cell phones and other items. It is a felony to bring a cell phone or any other item in to Juvenile Detention Centers.

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