Juvenile Detention Center

Mission Statement

To create and maintain a safe and secure atmosphere in which to provide a program that is healthy for the body, mind and spirit of each child in our care.

Core Values

The Detention Center is an organization that promotes a professional work ethic founded upon:

  • Knowledge
  • Integrity
  • Maturity
  • Compassion

Detention Center Summary

  • The Detention Center has a rated capacity of 278
  • The educational component is provided by San Antonio Independent School District
  • The University of Health System - Detention Health Care Services provides all medical, dental, and mental health services
  • The Medical Section has physical exam rooms, a dental lab, suicide prevention observation rooms, medical observation rooms, and a respiratory isolation room with around the clock availability

Detention Center Visitation Schedule & Rules

Visitations hours are from 3:30PM to 9:30PM (Monday through Saturday) based on the name of your child.

  • Mondays & Thursdays: Juvenile whose last name begins with the letters A - F
  • Tuesdays & Fridays: Juvenile whose last name begins with the letters G - M
  • Sundays: No scheduled visitations

A schedule shall be established for regular visitation as well as procedures for emergency visitation. The parents or guardians of residents in the Center shall be provided a copy of the visitation schedule. A registry shall be provided to document the name, address and relation to the resident of all visitors. Attorneys and their representatives and caseworkers with the Department of Family and Protective Services may visit their clients who are residents at any time other than during a population count or during an emergency situation. Parents may have private, in-person visitation.

  1. Authorized visitors must have current, authorized identification (excluding juveniles who are 10 years of age and under). Authorized visitors must be listed in the resident's computer file. Individuals authorized to visit include:
    1. Parents, legal guardians, custodians and step-parents
    2. Grandparents
    3. Siblings who are 21 years of age or older
    4. Siblings who are under 10 years of age (must visit with parent(s) present)
    5. Husband or wife (with valid marriage license and probation officer's approval)
    6. Attorney of record and/or representatives, Department of Family and Protective and Service caseworkers, contract professionals, law enforcement/District Attorney investigators
  2. Visitation by individuals other than those listed under section A must be requested by the resident's probation officer. The request is made to an Administrator. An Administrator must notify Center Main Control personnel prior to the visitation taking place. The Administrator authorizing the visit will contact Main Control and have the entry placed in the Probation Officer's Instruction Log Book. Criteria to be considered in requesting a visit and by Administration in authorizing a visit are:
    1. Whether the juvenile is receiving regular visits by family members
    2. Whether the visitor is between the ages of 10 and 21
    3. Whether the probation officer considers the visitor to be positive, stabilizing influence on the resident
    4. Whether the probation officer is requesting a one-time visit or visitation for the remainder of the resident's stay
    5. Whether the Center population is near or over capacity
  3. Reasons for Refusing a Visit: A resident has the right to refuse a visit with any individual. Visitation is voluntary. If a resident or his/her visitor(s) demonstrate inappropriate behavior during visitation, visitation can be limited, modified, or suspended depending on the nature of the situation. Inappropriate behavior includes, but is not limited to, the introduction of contraband to the Center, disruptive behavior, use of profanity, threatening staff, other visitors or residents, property damage or any behavior that poses a potential threat to safety, security or order. Should visitation be suspended, only an administrator can reinstate visitation by the individual(s). In the event a resident displays inappropriate behavior immediately prior to a visit, the visit can be delayed until such time as the resident regains demonstrates appropriate behavior. The visitor will be notified and may either wait in the lobby area or leave and return. In the event of a facility emergency, visits can be denied or suspended pending resolution of the emergency situation.
  4. Attorney Visits: Residents will not be denied access to his or her attorney of record or designated representatives (paralegals, investigators, etc.) employed by the attorney of record. Attorneys must provide valid identification and his/her bar number. Attorneys and/or representatives of the attorney who arrive for a visit during a population count will be required to wait for the end of the population count. There is no time limit for visits with attorney or their designated representatives.
  5. Department of Family and Protective Services Caseworker Visitation: Caseworkers with the Department of Family and Protective Services are allowed to visit residents on their respective caseloads. The caseworker must provide valid agency identification to Main Control personnel at the time of visit. Caseworkers assigned to a resident will have access to visit at any time other than population counts. There is no time limit for visitation by caseworkers.
  6. Personnel Contracted by the Department for Services: The Department contracts with various professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, psychometrists, etc.) who provide services for the Department to residents. These individuals are allowed to visit, interview and/or test residents as part of services contracted.
  7. Law Enforcement Officers/District Attorney Investigators: Law enforcement officers or District Attorney investigators carrying out an investigation are allowed access to residents in the Center. Residents have the right to refuse a visit with investigators or to have their attorney present during questioning. Law enforcement and District Attorney personnel conducting investigations have the responsibility to ensure that residents interviewed are informed of their rights prior to interview.
  8. Registration of Visitors:Each visitor will be registered by the Main Control Officer. Information to be documented includes the date, the resident's name, the visitor's name, relationship, identification, time the visit began and ended, and the Main Control Officer's initials.
  9. Supervision of the Visitation Area:The Supervisor is responsible for ensuring that staff supervision is provided for the Visitation Area during visitation. A juvenile-to-staff ratio of 12 to 1 will be maintained or exceeded. If there is reason to believe that a situation or circumstances may develop that would require additional security measures, the Supervisor will determine the appropriate action to take.
  10. Emergency Visitation: Administration may approve an emergency visit by an individual or individuals based on the circumstances surrounding the need to visit on a day and time other than the regular schedule or by a person other than those authorized. The Supervisor or his/her designee may approve an emergency visit in the absence of an Administrator but must document the reason for approving the visit. The Supervisor or designee may only approve a one-time visit.
  11. Visit Approved by a Judge or Associate Judge: On occasions, a Judge or Associate Judge will authorize visitation by individuals not listed under section A. It is the responsibility of the probation officer to enter the instructions of the Judge or Associate Judge in the probation officer Instruction Log Book in Main Control. The probation officer must indicate which Judge or Associate Judge is issuing the order.
  12. (Detention Only) Residents Committed to the Texas Youth Commission:Residents committed to the Texas Youth Commission will be subject to the rules of visitation applicable to all residents. Once a resident is committed, the probation officer is responsible for notifying parents that the resident may be transported on any day after commitment. Commitment to TYC is not considered a reason for an emergency visit.
  13. (Detention Only) Initial Visits: Residents that have been detained are allowed to receive an initial visit from parents and/or guardians. The initial visit (first visit after being detained) may take place on any day. Initial visits are for 30 minutes in duration and take place between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. No initial visits will be conducted between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Initial visits may not take place during Detention hearing or population counts. Once the initial visit has taken place, the parents/guardians shall visit on regularly scheduled visitation days and times.
  14. (Detention Only) Visit by Probation Officers: Probation Officers are allowed to visit residents in the Detention Center who are on their caseload at any time other than during population counts. A probation officer may visit with a resident in an individual interview room, in program areas, in the dorm or in a hallway. The probation officer must ensure that an is aware of their presence and that the Officer can see the probation officer and the resident. Should the probation officer choose to utilize an interview room, he/she will position himself/herself closest to the door of the interview room as a safety and security measure. The door to the interview room may be closed but must remain unlocked.
  15. Visitation Dress Code: All visitors must dress appropriately for visitation. Visitors must realize that the Center houses children ages 10 years of age to 17 years of age. Adults, including staff and visitors, have an obligation to demonstrate appropriate conduct. The following is prohibited:
    1. Clothing depicting drugs, alcohol, gang or obscene material;
    2. Bags, backpacks, cellular telephones, lighters, cigarettes, food, or letters
    3. Halter tops or other revealing clothing
    4. Arriving for visitation under the influence of alcohol or other substances
    5. Violation of these rules will result in denial of visitation.

APPLICABLE STANDARDS: Texas Administrative Code 343.11 (a); 343.12c

REVISION DATE: September 1, 2003