The Yavapai County Juvenile Detention Center is located in Prescott, Arizona. When a juvenile is detained in the detention center, he or she is immediately put on a level system that rewards positive behavior and addresses negative behavior. Juveniles within the detention center attend school, as provided by the Board of Education, and may participate in therapeutic services and activities that promote positive character growth.
Wednesdays and Fridays, 6:00 PM-7:00 PM
*Please arrive by 5:45 PM
Weekends and Holidays, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
*Please arrive by 1:45 PM
Identification is required for all visitors 12 years of age or older. A school identification card
or other form of identification is acceptable for youth.
Educational tours of the juvenile detention center are available to the public on the second Saturday of every month starting promptly at 10:00 a.m. Interested individuals do not need to sign up ahead of time, and children are welcome to attend with a parent/guardian. The tour takes approximately one hour and gives attendees an in-depth overview of the detention center’s operations. Participants should meet at the main entrance by 10:00 a.m. where a detention officer will greet you. Cell phones, weapons, and tobacco products are not allowed inside the facility. Accommodations for large groups can be made by contacting detention administration at (928) 771-3174.
The Yavapai County Juvenile Detention School (YCJDS) is a division of the Yavapai County Education Service Agency, providing education services to detained youth in Yavapai County. YCJDS is accredited through AdvancED, and is year-round school that operates Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The students are able to achieve academic success while attending the YCJDS, and credits earned are transferable to their home schools and to higher education. YCJDS became an approved GED Testing Site in December 2013. As of January 2018, there have been 93 students who have earned their GED, which has enabled several of the GED recipients to enroll in post-secondary education through Yavapai College. YCJDS continues to proctor online courses for students who are detained and enrolled in Yavapai College courses.
Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
- The Yavapai County Juvenile Detention Center has ZERO Tolerance for Sexual Assault, Sexual Abuse & Sexual Harassment.
- The Yavapai County Juvenile Detention Center is committed to creating a safe environment and protecting our youth from harm and sexual victimization.
- Any sexual activity, sexual conduct, sexual contact, sexual assault, sexual abuse or sexual harassment between Yavapai County Juvenile Detention employees, volunteers, interns, mentors or contract personnel and juveniles and any such activity between juveniles is strictly prohibited.
Any persons who have knowledge of such behavior are encouraged to contact the PREA Coordinator at 928-442-5364, a law enforcement agency or the Department of Child Safety a 1-888-767-2445.
Yavapai County Juvenile Detention PREA Coordinated Response Plan | Yavapai County Juvenile Detention Staffing Plan Yavapai County Juvenile Detention PREA Policy | Yavapai County Juvenile Detention Yearly PREA Statistics Third Party Reporting Brochure | Third Party Reporting Form
National PREA Resource Center | Yavapai Family Advocacy Center
Wellness, Physical Activity, and Nutrition
While staying at the detention center, physical activity is a priority. The juveniles receive a minimum of one hour per day of physical activity throughout their school day. After school, they have the opportunity for additional physical activity and fresh air without leaving their housing unit.
On weekends, there are organized activities such as pickleball, basketball, and volleyball tournaments. Detention officers facilitate team building and life skill activities to help strengthen problem solving techniques.
The Yavapai County Juvenile Justice Center operates its own kitchen seven days per week. The culinary team is responsible for serving three well-balanced meals daily, and after school snacks Monday through Friday, in compliance with the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
Yavapai County Juvenile Detention Wellness Policy | And Justice For All
A New Beginning
In 2014, the Yavapai County Juvenile Detention Center relocated to its current location at 1100 Prescott Lakes Parkway. The video shows footage of the dilapidated conditions of the old facility and gives some insight into the need for rehabilitative services that are now provided in the new facility.