Information for Parents
The Chesterfield Juvenile Detention Home (CJDH) is a secure facility for holding juveniles until their next court hearing, until they have received the judge’s final ruling or as the judge’s final sentence.
Detention Process and Services
Detention Home Expectations
- Residents will always be treated fairly and with respect.
- Residents will be held accountable for their behavior, both positive and negative.
- Positive behavior (i.e. following the rules and participating in the program) will result in residents earning extra privileges and freedoms.
- Negative behavior (i.e. not following the rules or failure to participate) will result in a loss of privileges.
- Negative behaviors, to include damage to or destruction of detention home property or assault on staff or other residents, may result in additional charges.
- A juvenile will be searched, instructed to shower, issued detention home clothing, personal hygiene items and assigned to a housing unit and room.
- All personal items, including clothing, will be inventoried and safely stored.
- A staff member will interview the resident to obtain important information and call the parents / legal guardians to advise them of the resident’s placement in detention and address any questions.
- Parents / legal guardians will have a brief opportunity to speak with their child.
- Residents may only be released from CJDH with a court order.
- At the time of release, please bring proper identification and be prepared to sign paperwork.
- To protect the confidentiality of other residents, no cell phones will be allowed in the intake vestibule/intake area.
- Only children 12 years old and under will be permitted in the intake vestibule/intake area with a parent/guardian.
Residents will receive medical services while detained at CJDH. Please see Medical Services for more information.
Mental Health Services
Mental health / counseling services are available for residents while detained at CJDH. Please see Mental Health Services for more information.
Religious activities are offered regularly and participation is strictly voluntary. Parents or an assigned probation officer may make special arrangements for individual, religious counseling. Please see Visitation for more information.
Sleeping Rooms and Living Area
Housing units consist of 10 individual sleeping rooms, two individual showers and a common area for meals and activities.
State law requires residents to attend school while in detention regardless of whether they have graduated or received their G.E.D. Please see Education Services for more information.
- Residents are provided breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, dinner and evening snack each day.
- Residents may have money to purchase special snacks on weekends as a privilege for positive behavior.
- Money can be brought to the detention home at anytime.
Hygiene and Clothing
- Residents are expected to practice good hygiene while detained at CJDH.
- Residents are required to shower daily and are given clean socks, t-shirt and underwear at the time of their shower.
- Sweatshirts are issued for colder temperatures and outdoor recreational use.
- Residents may wear personal athletic shoes with non-marring soles or detention home shoes.
Residents receive scheduled indoor/outdoor recreation daily.
Visitation and Correspondence
- Residents are provided scheduled opportunities for writing letters to anyone except a resident of another juvenile detention or correctional facility.
- The Detention Home will provide pencils, paper, envelopes and postage.
- Staff will collect the sealed envelopes and mail them.
- Staff are not permitted to read mail.
- Mail will be distributed daily.
- Staff members will not read incoming mail but mail will be opened and inspected for contraband.
- Legal mail will be opened in the presence of the resident.
Please see Visitation for more information.