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It is the mission of the Greene County Juvenile Detention Center to treat all juveniles who enter through its doors with compassion, dignity and respect, and to provide a safe and secure environment for all residents and staff.
The Family Court - Juvenile Division operates a secure 24 bed residential Detention Center to house juveniles coming within the jurisdiction of the Court for alleged law violations or by Court Order. Youth are detained in the Center because they may pose a threat to the community or be at risk for failure to appear in court. Greene County Juvenile Detention Center is a participating Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) site.
Within 1 hour: Juvenile rights are read by staff and reviewed with the
juvenile, a medical and mental health assessment will be completed, and all personal
property will be inventoried and stored.
Within 4 hours: A visual search will be completed by staff and juveniles will have the opportunity to shower and are placed in a secure room for observation.
Within 48 hours: Juvenile is seen by a licenesed nurse to be medically cleared by a psychological counselor. The resident is then oriented by staff so that they can join other residents in detention programming.
We have a wonderful partnership with Springfield Public Schools who provide us with a full time teacher, a teacher's aid and a Title I reading teacher. Our school operates on the same schedule as Springfield R-12. All residents are tested and given materials that correspond with their tested grade level. We encourage parents to bring in work from their home school if possible. It will be the responsibility of the parents to return all compelted work to that school. All residents will be expected to go to school daily and show 100% effort.
Counseling services, substance abuse group, non-demoninational church services, recreational services, art, food service, medical services, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and other detention programming.
Please click Residential Forms to view the available forms.
Once a juvenile is admitted, the resident will be allowed to make an initial phone call and
have an initial visit. Initial visits may be made at any reasonable time and do not need to be
scheduled. You will need to bring up a photo ID. Only parents and/or legal guardians are
allowed to visit. Siblings and other family members are not allowed to visit unless given
special permission from the Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent of Detention.
Residents are allowed one 10 minute phone call a day and are only allowed to speak to
parents and/or legal guardians. Failure to abide by these rules can result in phone and
visit privileges suspended.
Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 3:15-4:55. Visits are 15 minutes long in duration.
Incoming and Outgoing calls-3:00p-9:00p
Parents will also need to sign a medical release form and a mail form so that residents can receive and send out mail. Postage will need to be provided by parents.
Parents will also be asked to bring any prescribed medication the juvenile will need while being housed. Medication will be dispensed as prescribed on the bottle by our Deputy Juvenile Officers.
Staff is available 24/7/365 to provide for the needs of the residents.
How long will my child be detained?
A youth must appear before the court within 3 business days for a detention hearing. The juvenile will appear before a judge to determine if the juvenile can be released or be held in detention. If the youth is ordered held, the length of stay will depend on the on the charges pending and when the hearing is scheduled.
What happens to my child once he/she is released from detention?
Youth leave the Detention Center either on Probation, in order to go to a residential facility or Evening Reporting Center, after being committed to the Missouri Division of Youth Services or being certified as an adult.
Any other questions please refer to the resident handbook or contact the detention center.