Juvenile Detention Center Annual Inspections

The Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) “is responsible for conducting annual inspections of juvenile detention centers for compliance with the Indiana Juvenile Detention Standards, pursuant to 201 IAC 6. Of the 22 juvenile detention centers located throughout the state, 19 of the detention centers are county operated and 4 detention centers are privately operated. Compliance with 100% of the mandatory standards and at least 90% of the recommended standards is necessary to attain “Full Compliance” with the aforementioned code.”  (The quote is from this DOC web page at the bottom, and appear to have a discrepancy between the total number and the breakout of private versus county-operated.).

In 2013, DOC began posting the results of their annual inspections.  Based on the most recent (2012) data, the following facilities were considered to be in full compliance:

  1. Allen County Juvenile Detention Center — 100% mandatory, 98.89% recommended
  2. Bartholomew County Youth Services Center-Detention Unit — 100% mandatory, 98.14% “non-mandatory”
  3. Clark County Juvenile Detention Center — 100% mandatory, 98.9% recommended
  4. Dearborn County Juvenile Detention Center — 100% mandatory, 97.03% recommended
  5. Delaware County Juvenile Detention Center — 100% mandatory, 97.38% recommended
  6. Elkhart County Juvenile Detention Center — 100% mandatory, 98.2% recommended
  7. Grant County Juvenile Detention Center — 100% mandatory, 98.9% recommended
  8. Hamilton County Juvenile Services Center — 100% mandatory, 98.2% recommended
  9. Robert J. Kinsey Youth Center-Detention Unit (Howard County) — 100% mandatory, 92.67% recommended
  10. Jackson County Juvenile Detention Center — 100% mandatory, 99.63% recommended
  11. Johnson County Juvenile Detention Center — 100% mandatory, 100% recommended
  12. Southwest Indiana Regional Youth Village – Detention Unit (Knox County) — 100% mandatory, 99.63% recommended
  13. Pierceton Woods Academy Detention Center (Kosciusko County) — 100% mandatory, 98.45% recommended
  14. Lake County Juvenile Detention Center — 100% mandatory, 96.3% recommended.  However, there were plumbing issues noted and the facility was required to report to DOC monthly with updates until the plumbing issues were resolved.
  15. LaPorte County Juvenile Detention Center — 100% mandatory, 98.51% recommended
  16. Madison County Juvenile Detention Center — 100% mandatory, 99.6% recommended
  17. Marion County Juvenile Detention Center — 100% mandatory, 98.15% “non-mandatory”
  18. Porter County Juvenile Detention Inspection — 100% mandatory, 99.26% recommended
  19. Thomas N. Frederick Juvenile Justice Center – Detention Unit (St. Joseph County) — 100% mandatory, 100% recommended
  20. Youth Care Center (Vanderburgh County) — 100% mandatory, 100% recommended
  21. Vigo County Juvenile Justice Center — 100% mandatory, 99.6% recommended

In contrast, Cedarbridge Treatment Center (Delaware County) was out-of-compliance with the standards for much of 2012.  The annual inspection was postponed twice at the facility’s request.  The October 11, 2012, inspection was terminated prior to completion “due to serious violations of the Indiana juvenile detention standards.”  The November 2-5, 2012, annual inspection found Cedarbridge to be out-of-compliance.  On December 5, 2012, a final inspection visit was held and Cedarbridge received “a score of 100% compliance with the mandatory standards and 91.2% compliance with recommended standards….Although minimal compliance has been attained, Cedarbridge Treatment Center has not demonstrated an ability to ensure long-term compliance with the Indiana juvenile detention standards or an ability to improve and maintain the quality of confinement of youth entrusted to their care.”  Therefore, DOC put additional provisions in place, which are noted in the inspection report.

DOC is currently revising the detention center standards, with the hope that they will go into effect in 2014.  In exploring possible standards, information was gathered from the American Correction Association, other states’ standards, the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, and current research on mental health, isolation, and other topics.  This blogger is a member of that review group, which includes a broad spectrum of participants in the juvenile justice system, including doctors, educators, and mental health professionals.

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