The Juvenile Detention Center is a short term pre-adjudication facility that provides a safe, caring and secure environment for male and female youth between the ages of 10-17 who are court-ordered detained pending release or out of home placement.
The Center is open 24 hours a day, year long. It has a population capacity of 62 youth, which is considered a medium sized facility in the State of Texas. The Detention Officers maintain order and daily operations of the facility and are responsible for the care, custody and control of the youth in our custody in accordance with standards set by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. We are responsible for the admissions and release of youth referred to us by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. We prevent disturbances, assaults and escapes by supervising activities and educational services. We have the responsibility to protect the public, protect fellow officers, support staff and our youth from harm. Officer’s serve as mentors and role models as well as disciplinarians and rule enforcer. Officers also assist in transportation responsibilities that may include transfers to other facilities, medical appointments, court appearances and other required locations. Officers demonstrate concern and empathy for the youth detained.
Programming in Detention is structured and intended to provide for the safe and secure confinement of the youth detained while addressing their physical, emotional and educational needs. Educational services and structured recreational activities are provided by the Delta Academy through the El Paso Independent School District.
1. Education Program
: Follows the EPISD public school schedule. Enables the juvenile to maintain academic level in a public school by continuing their work while in detention.
2. Library Services:
Books, magazines and other reading materials are available to youth in the facility.
3. Foster Grandparent Program:
Senior citizens volunteer their time to come into detention and interact with the youths.
4. HIV/AIDS Education:
Health care awareness, education and testing of youth on the risk of sexual activity, drug use, and other activities that could lead to becoming HIV positive and contracting AIDS.
5. Art & Crafts:
Expand the youths’ range and means of self-expression and to express their sense of personal identity and worth.
6. Religious Programming:
Every reasonable effort is made to facilitate the practice of the youth's religion and they have access to publications of their respective faiths.
7. Health/Hygiene Education Program:
Instruction on various health and hygiene topics and personal cleanliness, proper dental care, foot care, proper diet, weight control, etc. and are conducted on a weekly basis.
8. Medical and Health Care Services:
Nursing and pediatric services are provided through a contract with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
9. Dental Care Services:
Youth are transported to Rawlings Dental Clinic and are provided with dental exams, cleaning, molar sealant, and any other dental services needed such as filling cavities.
10. Clinical Mental Health Services:
Services provided through the Clinical Unit of the Juvenile Justice Center. They provide support and crisis services for any detained youth with suicidal ideations or mental health issues as necessary.
11. Texas Tech Fellowship:
Psychiatric testing and services provided by Texas Tech Health Science Center.
12. Cadet and Senior Girl Scout Program:
The Girls Scout of the Desert Southwest coordinates activities such as journal writing, reading, and performing community service.
13. Delta Academy Tutoring Program:
Summer programming to assist youth in completing State mandated testing or GED preparation.
We understand that having a child detained and losing regular contact with them can be an extremely stressful experience. The following information is designed to help you maintain communication with your child and explain some of the general rules of the facility. If at any time you should have any questions or require more information, please contact the Detention Section anytime at 849-2570.
Regular Visitation Schedule:
Visitation is capped at ten (10) families and is filled on a first come, first served basis. Visitation will depend on the last name of your child, based on the following schedule:
Last name begins:
A-I: Sun and Wed
J-P: Mon and Thr
Q-Z: Tue and Sat
Visitation is for one hour from 6:15p - 7:15p or 7:30p - 8:30p
*Special Visits: Saturday 5:00p - 6:00p or 8:30p - 9:30p
- Visitation is restricted to parents, guardians and attorneys. All others requests must be submitted through the assigned Probation Officer for approval from the Senior Detention Officer or Director of Detention.
- Requests for modified visitation times must be submitted and approved by the Senior Detention Officer or Director through the assigned Probation Officer.
- When a resident is committed to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department or ordered into an out of home placement, special visitation may be granted for immediate family members with approval by the Senior Detention Officer or Director.
- All visitors are required to provide proper identification. Only authorized visitors will be allowed into the facility. Any other persons accompanying visitors will not be permitted into the facility.
- Visitation may be terminated at any time when a problem arises which may endanger the welfare of the resident or the security of the facility. When a visitation is terminated, an explanation will be given to the parents and the resident. Any persons suspected to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be allowed to visit.
- No food, drinks or tobacco products are allowed into the visitation area. Smoking is never allowed in the facility.
- Visitors are not allowed to bring any items to the resident. Any discovery of items being given to the resident will result in immediate termination of visitation and review of all future visitations. When applicable, legal charges will be filed. All items are prohibited; some examples include food, candy, gum, letters, notes and pictures.
- Any items being brought in for the resident must be left at Central Control. All items must be approved by the Senior Detention Officer, Director or facility nurse. These items include prescription glasses, contacts, medications or over the counter medications or hygiene items as requested by the nurse or physician.
- No cell phones, purses, packages or bags will be allowed into the visitation area. All these items must be secured in the visitor lockers. Keys to the lockers are kept at Central Control at all times. It is the responsibility of the visitor to return the key to Central Control. Large coats and sweaters should be hung in the visitor locker area. All visitors and items with them are subject to search.
- Visitors may use the restrooms and water fountains in the visitation area. Residents are not allowed to stand up or walk around during visitation and my not use the restroom or water fountain.
- If a resident is married, and the spouse is requesting to visit, a marriage certificate is required as proof of the marriage and these visits must be approved by the Senior Officer or Director.
- Parents who are divorced or separated will be permitted to share the visitation hour. In circumstances where the parents do not wish to visit together arrangements can be made to divide the visitation hour into 30 minute visits.
- All visitors must maintain a proper dress code. If a visitor is inappropriately dressed, revealing or tight fitting clothing, they will be asked to correct their clothing or return for the later visitation.
- If a resident is a parent, they may request special visits with their child through their Probation Officer and approved by the Senior Officer or Director. When approved, the maternal or paternal grandparents must accompany the child to the visitation.
- Residents will be allowed a 5-minute telephone call twice weekly. Phone call days will be determined by the housing unit the resident is assigned. Calls are limited to parents or legal guardians.
- Residents will be allowed to call their attorney during reasonable office hours, usually between 8a and 5p. Incoming calls will not be accepted for residents unless authorized by the Senior Officer or Director.
- A Detention Officer will dial all calls, based on numbers provided at admission. The officer will ensure that the party called is on the phone before giving the phone to the youth. All calls are documented.
- Residents are encouraged to write letters while detained. They are provided writing materials and postage for at least two letters per day on assigned mail writing days.
- Residents are not limited to writing materials or postage for legal correspondence.
- Residents may send and receive mail from whomever they wish, except for youth in another residential facility or the Texas Department of Corrections, or if the recipient is restricted by the Juvenile Court. Any prohibited mail will be returned to the sender
- All outgoing and incoming mail will be logged in and recorded as to the sender and receiver of the mail.
- Mail can be opened, if in some circumstance there is probable cause to believe it contains contraband or may be part of a plan that threatens the security of the facility.
- Arrangements are made to forward any mail received after a youth had been transferred or released.
NAME OF YOUTH
JUVENILE DETENTION CENTER
6400 DELTA DRIVE
EL PASO, TX 79905-4408
Any property left behind in detention over thirty days
after a resident has been released will be forfeited and become property of the Juvenile Probation Department. It is the responsibility of the youth and the parents to ensure that all property is released as the department will not give notification of property left behind.
All question may be directed to a Team Leader on duty or:
Mario Artalejo, Senior Detention Officer (MArtalejo@epcounty.com
Louis Castillo, Director of Detention (LCastillo@epcounty.com