Juvenile Detention Services provides a temporary, secure, holding facility that ensures the safe custody of juveniles ages 8 to 18 who are accused of conduct subject to the jurisdiction of the Court and require a restricted environment for their own or the community’s protection while pending legal action. Juvenile Detention provides a wide range of services which support the juveniles physical, emotional and social development. This Division is the largest within the Department of Juvenile Justice Services (DJJS), and has a maximum bed capacity for one hundred ninety two (192) youth.  

Programs offered by Detention Staff include: Self-Esteem, Drug Awareness, Guidelines to Positive Behavior, Health and Hygiene, Gang Intervention, Life Skills Training, Conflict Resolution, Current Events, Arts and Crafts, Horticulture Program and Cultural Awareness.  

The Clark County School District provides educational services that include the standard core subjects, as well as Physical Education, Special Education and Adult Education. A school counselor and second language services are provided within the Detention School program.  

Detention Reform In 1992, the Annie E. Casey Foundation established the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI). The Department of Juvenile Justices Services has been selected as one of the implementation sites for this initiative. The objectives of JDAI are to reduce the number of children unnecessarily or inappropriately detained; to minimize the number of youth who fail to appear in court or re-offend pending adjudication; to redirect public funds toward successful reform strategies; and to improve conditions of confinement.  

Medical Services The Medical Unit of the DJJS Juvenile Detention Center provides medical services that begin at the time of booking.  Licensed certified nurses conduct intake screenings and administer prescribed medications, as necessary.  Physicians contracted to serve our youth clear all medications in advance.  Nurses assess and treat medical problems of the youth as they arise.  Nurses conduct daily rounds and make referrals to our Medical Doctor or Psychiatrist, as needed.  The Medical Doctor provides weekly clinics and a Psychiatrist dedicates appropriate time each week to the Detention Center.  The nursing staff works closely with the unit staff and mental health staff to communicate any special needs or concerns regarding the youth in custody.

The Mental Health Treatment Team carries out the mission of the Department of Juvenile Justice Services by providing best practice assessment and treatment of referred youth. The Team consists of a supervisor, licensed Clinicians, and the support of a board certified Psychiatrist. The Team works primarily with youth in Detention and Spring Mountain Youth Camp.  

Creating a Successful Environment (CASE) The CASE Program was developed in order to provide a safe and secure environment, enhance positive life skills, and gain the cooperation and compliance of the youth while in Detention. The Program encourages positive interaction with staff and peers. The Program goal is “Prevention and Resolution” of problem behavior.  

The first step in achieving cooperative behavior is to ensure that rules and expectations are known, understood, and followed.  This process begins during orientation and is reinforced daily. An important component of the CASE Program is to provide a mechanism to recognize the youth for their positive behavior while in Detention. The Levels Program is the vehicle in which the youth receive positive reinforcement for pro-social behavior.  Youth may earn a higher level by completing the standard requirements for progression.

Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Juvenile Detention Services has a Zero Tolerance Policy against all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment. The protection of the facility's youth against all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment is important. All employees, staff, residents, contract employees, contract services personnel, volunteers and visitors are subject to the Zero Tolerance Policy.  

How do I report sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment?  
Residents of the facility have the right to report sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment free of retaliation and consequence. Reports can be filed in the following ways:
  1. Tell a trusted staff member, request a supervisor, or request to speak to a member of Administration.
  2. Complete a Grievance form and place in the secured box.
  3. Ask staff to make a private phone call and contact one of the listed outside agencies provided during intake.
  4. Residents may also request a private phone call to their parents, JPO, attorney, or other guardian.
  5. Parents or other third parties may report on behalf of a resident using any of the contact numbers provided, including LVMPD at 702-828-3111 or the Department of Family Services Hotline at 702-399-0081.  When a complaint rises to the level of an internal investigation it will be assigned to a designated individual. All criminal investigations will be referred to LVMPD. If LVMPD declines to investigate, Juvenile Detention Services will initiate an Administrative Investigation.

All residents have an equal opportunity to participate in or benefit from all aspects of the agency's efforts to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse and sexual harassment. Juvenile Detention Services will provide alternative written material, formats that accommodate the hearing and vision impaired, and delivery methods that will allow for effective understanding and communication with residents upon intake.

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