Secure Detention Center

Our Department’s Mission
As a Secure Detention facility for the temporary detention of juvenile offenders, our mission is two-fold:
  • To protecting the community by securely housing juveniles that may be or have been involved in activities injurious to the public
  • Providing for the safe and secure detention of juveniles detained within the facility.
Our Department’s Vision
Primarily serving the Cities of Newport News and Hampton by professionally managing a safe and secure detention facility and offering programs and services to pretrial and adjudicated juveniles which support successful re-entry to the community.
The Department of Juvenile Services accomplishes our vision through; 
  • Training of staff in current correctional philosophy and techniques
  • Promulgation of policies reflecting recognized standards in the management of staff and offender population
  • Careful adherence to security principles
  • Maintaining clean, safe facilities
  • Providing medical and mental health care services
  • Offering services to residents to aid in their successful re-entry to the community.
Our Department’s Goals
  • To provide for our juvenile’s basic needs including shelter, food, clothing, and medical care.
  • To protect the rights of our juveniles during residence.
    • All juveniles under supervision of the Juvenile Detention Center shall have basic rights as defined in the United States Constitution, the laws of Virginia and the laws of the United States. These rights shall be safeguarded by all Juvenile Detention Center staff.
    • All juveniles under the supervision of the Juvenile Detention Center shall not be subject to discrimination based on race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or disability.
  • To provide for the educational, physical, emotional, and social needs of our detained juveniles.
  • To administer programs, rules, discipline, and controls in a firm, fair, and consistent manner.
  • To nurture and encourage acceptable behavior.
Prison Rape Elimination Act
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2003. Neither sexual conduct between residents nor sexual conduct among residents and staff will ever be permitted. All such reports will be investigated and subject to criminal action.