Washoe County Juvenile Justice Center
Juvenile Services Administration staff specified that the new justice center, though providing a large capacity, should promote a small-scale residential experience, with interaction between groups easily managed by staff. In addition, resident movement throughout the day - to dining, classroom and indoor recreation areas - and access to outside areas were given high priority as means of overcoming undesired institutional character. These values are reflected in the site organization and the development of smaller housing components and multiple program areas.
The Justice Center features family-friendly design, with generous and comfortable lobby areas, private visiting rooms, and a community services component incorporating multipurpose and classroom space serving youth in the community and special program functions for community groups. An intake/ assessment unit, separate from detention, ensures that all youth receive comprehensive screening (and referral to appropriate alternate services) to minimize admissions to detention custody.