The Mission of The Eastern Arizona Regional Juvenile Detention Facility is to provide Law Enforcement agencies and the community a safe and secure facility in which to place troubled youth, which will support the juvenile’s Physical, Emotional, Educational and Social development. We at E.A.R.J.D.F. believe that ALL juveniles have the right to receive Quality Treatment within a restricted environment, for their own protection or that of the community while awaiting further legal action.
Mission and Philosophy Statement
Designed Facility Capacity: 48
Age Range of Population: Ages vary from 8 to 21 years of age
Average Length of Stay or Time under Supervision:
County = (7-14) Days average stay / Federal (3-12) Months Average stay
Security Levels of Supervision:
Note: Our facility is considered a Maximum Security Juvenile Detention Center
Physical Plant: Number of Buildings: 1 Number of Single Cells: 40
Number of Multiple Occupancy Cells: 4 Housing Units -
Cell Square Footage 67 sq. Ft.
Number of Segregation Cells (Intake Area): 3
Note: (2) dry cells 53 sq. Ft. & (1) wet cell 60 sq. Ft.
Type of Medical Facility: (1) Nursing Station / Medical Exam Room
Summary Description of Facility:
1. Bed Space – 48 Beds: The cells are single bed construction with 10 individual cells and one 2-person special observation cell (visible from the control room) in each pod, for a total of 12 beds per pod. There are four identical pods for a total of 48 beds. Each pod has two levels with plenty of room for meals, activities, programming, socializing and training. The pods have an abundance of natural and artificial lighting. Each pod also has its own outdoor recreation area for the kids to get outdoor exercise each day.
2. Facility Size:
The total size of the facility is 18, 687 square feet.
A-Pod Dayroom = 899 sq. Ft. / A-Pod Recreation Yard = 509 sq. Ft.
B-Pod Dayroom = 891 sq. Ft. / B-Pod Recreation Yard = 499 sq. Ft.
C-Pod Dayroom = 896 sq. Ft. / C-Pod Recreation Yard = 503 sq. Ft.
D-Pod Dayroom = 904 sq. Ft. / D-Pod Recreation Yard = 513 sq. Ft.
All housing unit single cells = 63 sq. Ft.
All Observation Double Occupancy cells = 98 sq. Ft.
Classroom / Leisure areas = 880 sq. Ft.
The facility has two large classrooms and a teacher’s office. There are three full-time teachers and a teacher’s aid on staff. Detainees attend formal schooling 4 hours each weekday. Federal Juveniles attend school between 8AM-Noon and County Juveniles from 1PM-5PM The classrooms each have two large skylights which offer abundant natural lighting and the skylights can be electronically closed to provide a darkened environment for showing educational videos. Each classroom is equipped with a Learn Lab consisting six state-of-the-art student computer systems. The classrooms are designed to hold twelve students each, in conjunction with Pod size, to facilitate individualized teaching. The classrooms are located separately from the pod areas and have a separate entrance to an outdoor recreation area.
3. Reception, Administration and Staff Areas:
The receptionist desk, administrative office, and staff lounge and locker rooms are located at the front of the facility, separate from the secure area.
The facility has two non-contact visitation rooms for parents, guardians and other approved visitors. There is also one contact visitation room for detainees to meet with their lawyer or other approved persons. There is a comfortable waiting room adjacent to the front lobby for visitors to wait while the detainee is being brought forward for a visit.
The intake area is for processing new detainees into the facility and is located on the west side of the facility. The intake area is designed with two dry holding cells and one wet holding cell, a medical examination room, a shower, property room and a laundry. The Case Managers office is also located in the intake area; however, detainee meals are prepared in the kitchen at the Graham County Jail and brought to the Detention Facility on carts three times daily.
6. Control Center:
The Control Center is located at the heart of the facility with excellent visibility into each of the four pods, as well as visibility into the intake and education areas. There are 16 cameras and numerous intercoms throughout the facility to allow for state-of-the-art visual and audio monitoring of all controlled exterior and interior spaces of the center. The Control Center also controls all electronic door locks throughout the facility, including all cells, pods, sally-ports and entrances. Cell lights, dayroom lights, recreation area lights, and shower lights are also controlled from the Control Center. This high-tech capability allows for outstanding control and monitoring of all detainees, in addition to security and safety of staff and detainees alike.
7. Counseling, Programming and Volunteer Programs:
The Detention Facility offers ever-expanding counseling and programming services to all detainees utilizing a wide variety of resources available in this area. Examples of program areas developed or being developed are vocational training, independent living preparation, career development, money management, wellness, stress management, physical fitness, interpersonal skills, crime victim awareness, adult responsibilities and substance abuse education. In addition, the facility works with many community volunteers and service organizations to provide additional in-house opportunities to kids incarcerated.
8. Staff Development Plan:
The objective of our training plan is to identify the primary areas of staff development and training and when such training should occur. In keeping with national and state standards the Eastern Arizona Regional Juvenile Detention Facility has established the following progression of training, utilizing mandatory training topics and areas of knowledge as well as a staff training policy and plan based upon classification of personnel within these training areas.
PROGRESSION OF TRAINING: Orientation (40 hrs.) – Prior to assuming duties.
Basic in-service training – annual, ongoing, minimum of 16 hours COJET
On-going 1st Year Training of 160 hrs. required by A.C.A.
Emerging Issues and State Initiatives – as needed.
STAFF TRAINING POLICY AND PLAN: Our facility’s staff development and training programs are planned, coordinated, supervised and reviewed annually by the juvenile detention training committee and the juvenile detention training coordinator Sergeant Eric Gore. The Policy and Procedure Manual and Lesson Plans for the most part will provide the material for training and will be supplemented with the outstanding training materials we have purchased from The American Correctional Association. Our training program will fulfill the following objectives:
To ensure that all officers receive training as required by A.C.A. & C.O.J.E.T./County standards;
To ensure that all officers understand the policy and procedures of this facility;
To ensure timely reviews of the policy and procedure manual; and
To provide a method for staff to recommend changes in the policy and procedure manual, that may be needed.