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Juvenile Detention Center

The juvenile detention center provides a temporary, secure, holding facility that ensures the safe custody of juveniles ages 10 to 21 who are accused of conduct subject to the jurisdiction of the Court and require a restricted environment for their own or the community’s protection while pending legal action. 

NRS 62C.030 requires that to be detained in a secure detention facility the child must present a risk to themselves, to the community or property, be likely to run away or not appear for further court proceedings, or be brought to the facility on a court order or as a fugitive from another jurisdiction.

In 1992, the Annie E. Casey Foundation established the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI). The objectives of JDAI are to reduce the number of children unnecessarily or inappropriately detained; to minimize the number of youth who fail to appear in court or re-offend pending adjudication; to redirect public funds toward successful reform strategies; and to improve conditions of confinement.

The Elko County Juvenile Detention center has a capacity of 24 youth in single sleeping rooms and provides for services to support the juveniles’ physical, emotional and social development. 

The Elko County School District provides educational services that include special education services if required.  Recreational services are also provided by facility staff as well as youth are able to assist with kitchen/dining, laundry, and facility cleaning.

N.R.S. 62B.210 mandates that the facility be “constructed and conducted as nearly like a home as possible”.  Within this framework, our mission is twofold: 1) Protecting the community by securely housing juveniles that may be or have been involved in activities injurious to the public; and 2) Providing for the safe and secure detention of juveniles detained within the facility.

In addition to serving Elko County, the Elko County Juvenile Detention Center also serves as a regional detention facility providing services to White Pine, Eureka and Lincoln Counties; Lander, Pershing and Mineral Counties; and contractual services to the Bureau of Indian Affairs; and the State of Nevada, Youth Parole Bureau.  Contract placements are only accepted when design capacity allows.

The goals of the detention center are:
To provide for the juvenile’s basic needs including shelter, food, clothing, and medical care.
To protect the rights of juveniles during residence.
To provide for the educational, physical, emotional, and social needs of detained juveniles.
To administer programs, rules, discipline, and controls in a firm, fair, and consistent manner.
To nurture and encourage acceptable behavior.