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Juvenile Detention Center

Mission Statement

Detention Center Entrance Polk County Juvenile Detention Center will provide safe and secure detention care for juveniles who require custody pending disposition and placement. Our purpose is to emphasize educational services, personal responsibility, accountability, and respect for self and others.

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Orientation
Visitation
Authorized visitors
Visiting Hours
Visiting Guidelines
Your child’s rights and responsibilities
Telephone calls
Grievances
Use of physical restraint
Use of control room
Use of mechanical restraints
Out of county transfers


Orientation

When your son or daughter is admitted to the detention center the following will happen:
  1. They will shower and their clothing and other personal items will be inventories and placed in a personal property bag. Money will be documented and placed in a secured area. If he/she is wearing tennis shoes, they will be allowed to keep them. Clean underwear, t-shirt, socks, and a blue jumpsuit will be issued; females will also be issued a bra.

  2. The youth will then be escorted to one of three wings and assigned a room.

  3. He/she will be given a Juvenile Handbook and the basic rules and expectations will be explained to him/her. There will be an opportunity for your son or daughter to ask questions.

  4. A Youth Service Worker will be assigned to work with your son or daughter to develop an individualized care plan. The Youth Service Worker will serve as your child’s advocate while he/she is a resident at the detention center.

  5. The nurse and doctor will see your child at the earliest possible time to receive a physical and assessment of medical needs.

  6. He/she will then join the group for regular activities.
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Visitation

Each juvenile is allowed one (1) thirty minute visit a day. Visits are limited only by staff demands and the availability of visiting facilities and as specifically regulated by the court. The only other limitations are strictly related to security issues. Staff will ensure your privacy is maintained within reasonable restrictions as dictated by the security needs of the center.

You must present a valid form of picture I.D. (i.e. current driver’s license, current DOT issued I.D., etc.) at the time of your visit. For children 13-17 years of age this may be a current academic school year I.D.

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Authorized visitors

Immediate family is defined as mother, father, step-mother, step-father, grandparents, foster parents, legal guardian brothers, sisters, step-brothers, step-sisters, half-brother, and half-sister.

Only those siblings living with a parent or legal guardian with be permitted to visit. The parent or legal guardian must accompany siblings up to the age of 21. All visitors age thirteen (13) or over will be asked to produce valid photo identification.

A maximum of three (3) visitors will be allowed to visit a juvenile at one time.

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Visiting Hours

Visits are to be scheduled in advance. You must call between 7:00 AM- 5:00 PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. And 7:00 AM-noon on Saturday and Sunday.

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Visiting Guidelines

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Your child’s rights and responsibilities

Juveniles in detention have the following rights and responsibilities:
  1. The right to be treated respectfully, impartially, and fairly, and to be addressed by name in a dignified manner. In turn, they shall treat all others in the same manner.

  2. The right to be informed of the rules, procedures, and schedules concerning the operation of the detention center. In turn, they shall follow the rules, procedures, schedules, and staff directives while in the detention center.

  3. The right not to be subjected to corporal punishment (i.e. spanking, etc.) harassment, intimidation, harm, humiliation, or interference with normal bodily functions by other juveniles or staff. In turn, they shall not subject any other person to similar mistreatment.

  4. The right not to be discriminated against and have access to all services and programs. In turn, they shall not discriminate against any other juvenile or staff member or use language or behavior that would imply prejudice or discrimination.

  5. The right to participate in religious services and religious counseling on a voluntary basis, subject only to the limitations necessary to maintain order and security within the center. They shall have access to clergy, spiritual advisors, publications, and related services which allow them to adhere to their religious practices. In turn, they shall not abuse any of the religious opportunities and provisions they are afforded.

  6. The right to nutritious meals, proper bedding, clean clothing, toilet facilities, daily showers, adequate lighting, proper ventilation, and an overall safe environment that is maintained in compliance with local and state fire and safety laws and regulations. In turn, they shall help staff clean and maintain living quarters.

  7. The right to appropriate medical and dental treatment as needed or warranted. In turn, they have the responsibility to ask for medical and dental care when needed.

  8. The right to regular visits with family and to send and receive uncensored correspondence. In turn, they have the responsibility to conduct themselves properly during visits.

  9. The rights to call, write, and meet with their legal representative while in the detention center. In turn, they shall abide by the guidelines set down by the detention center and their authority.

  10. The right to wear their own shoes and be issued clean facility clothing on a daily basis, limited only by facility requirements for safety, hygiene, and identification. In turn, they have the responsibility to keep their clothes in a clean odor-free condition.

  11. The right to indoor and outdoor recreational equipment and opportunities. In turn, they shall respect and not abuse the equipment and opportunities. They have the responsibility to fully participate in the recreational activity to the degree that they are physically capable.

  12. The right to not participate in uncompensated work assignments unless the work is related to housekeeping or maintenance of the detention center or personal hygiene needs. In turn, they shall abide by the detention center practices concerning housekeeping, maintenance, and personal hygiene.

  13. The right to report any problems or complaints they may have while in the detention center without fear of reprisal. In turn, they have the responsibility to report any incidents and to follow the detention center’s grievance procedures when making such complaints. They also have the responsibility to report any improper action that is taken against them as a result of a properly filed grievance.

  14. The right to appeal any disciplinary action taken against them as a result of a rule violation. This is in addition with their right to response to their appeal in accordance with appeal procedures. In turn, they have the responsibility of initiation an appeal and following the proper procedures in the course of their efforts.
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Telephone calls

Outgoing calls:

A juvenile will be allowed to make one seven (7) minute telephone call a day to his/her parent(s), legal guardian(s), foster parent(s), and or custodian.

Note: Telephone calls are subject to monitoring as security operations dictate. If it is discovered that a juvenile has attempted to manipulate whom he/she is calling, the juvenile’s use of the telephone can be suspended.

A juvenile will be required to sign up to make telephone calls prior to school Monday-Friday and by 9:00 AM on Saturday and Sunday. Telephone calls will be made throughout the day when they do not interfere with legitimate programming. Telephone calls will be made in the order on the sign up sheet.

As the juvenile moves up in the level system, he/she will be able to make longer telephone calls.

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Grievances

If your son or daughter feels they have received unfair treatment or that their rights have been violated, they may file a grievance. The process is as follows:
  1. He/she should ask any staff member for a Grievance Form.

  2. He/she needs to complete the form and return it to any staff member.

  3. A Team Leader will give him/her a decision within 24 hours.

  4. If he/she is not satisfied with the resolution of the grievance, he/she may appeal to the Program Director.

  5. No action will be taken against any youth as a result of filing a grievance.
Any restriction of the above rights will be for good cause which will be specified in writing and communicated to the juvenile, their parent, juvenile court officer, placing worker, and attorney.

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Use of physical restraint

After all other least restrictive means to control a juvenile’s behavior or emotional outburst have failed, a juvenile can be physically restrained by staff member(s). Staff members are trained and taught how to physically manage a youth and the emphasis of training is on how to de-escalate a situation before a restraint occurs. Staff members can only physically restrain a youth if they are a threat to others or a threat to themselves.

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Use of control room

After all other least restrictive means to control a juvenile’s behavior or emotional outburst have failed, a juvenile can be placed in the control room. He/she shall remain in the control room for only that length of time necessary for the juvenile to regain control of his/her behavior.

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Use of mechanical restraints

After all other least restrictive means to prevent a juvenile from injuring himself/herself or others and/or to control a juvenile’s severe behavior or emotional outburst, use of mechanical restraints may be used upon approval f a Team Leader or a Program Manager. The juvenile shall remain in the mechanical restraints for only that length of time necessary for the juvenile to regain control of his/her behavior to the point mechanical restraints are no longer needed.

Use of mechanical restraints shall be used when transporting youth outside of the detention center as a precaution against escape and to prevent the child from exiting the vehicle while the vehicle is in motion.

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Out of county transfers

A juvenile may be temporarily transferred to another detention center to relieve overcrowding in the detention center. In most instances the juveniles are transferred to one of the following detention centers:

Linn County Detention
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

South Iowa Area Detention Service Agency
Lee County Facility
Montrose, Iowa

For safety and security purposes of the transport, you will not be notified of your son or daughter’s transfer until after they have left our detention center.

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