The Butler County Juvenile Detention Center (BCJDC) is a 66 bed holding facility for juveniles who have been charged with either an unruly or delinquency offense. Juveniles are admitted to the facility via a referral from a local law enforcement agency or the juvenile court if it is determined the youth warrants secure detention. Residents admitted to the facility are separated by a number of classification factors, such as, age, gender, previous facility behavior and seriousness of offense.
The mission of the BCJDC is to provide safe and secure short-term care for juveniles accused of a criminal offense. Juveniles are typically placed in the facility for one of the following reasons: 1) determinate sentence, 2) are awaiting placement, 3) they have been adjudicated and are awaiting disposition, 4) they are awaiting transfer to another facility or 5) they cannot be served in a community based setting.
While a juvenile is being house in the facility they will maintain a daily routine. The facility contracts with the Butler County Educational Service Center (BCESC) for the provision of education services. Residents are required to attend school on daily basis. BCESC provides educational programming in the core content areas of English, math, science and social studies. There is also an intervention specialist assigned to the facility to facilitate special education services.
The facility operates the Compass Program for juveniles adjudicated of felony level offenses. This program utilizes cognitive behavioral interventions such as Phoenix Resources: A New Freedom and Aggression Replacement Training (ART) to address the anti-social thinking and behavior patterns that has led to the juvenile’s placement in the facility. The program has a length of stay of 60 to 90 days from disposition depending on the treatment track a juvenile is assigned based on their particular needs.
The facility’s general programming is provided by facility staff members or community resources. These community resources included agencies such as Women Helping Women, Butler Behavioral Health Services and community volunteers. Religious programming is provided by a variety of volunteers from local community churches and organizations. Lastly, special recognition should be given to the staff of the facility that works diligently with the youth placed in their care.