Washtenaw County Juvenile Detention and Day Treatment Center

Washtenaw County Juvenile Detention and Day Treatment Center

The Washtenaw County Juvenile Detention and Daytreatment Center is designed to accommodate an initial capacity of 40 juveniles in secure custody and 30 juveniles attending daytime education and intervention services. Each of these populations have their own education and program areas and do not mix for daily activities. However, a central gym is available on a scheduled basis for each group, and meals are prepared in a central kitchen for distribution to both programs.

Operational philosophy in Washtenaw County mandated the development of small detention housing units (10 beds) and extensive educational program space. Housing units are arranged in pairs, with each pair containing its own multipurpose activities area and a generous outdoor recreation space providing outdoor views and natural lighting in all housing areas. Each housing area, designed to support future construction of an additional ten bed housing unit, connects directly to central education and dining space that is used for a variety of program activities. Education, dining, and housing multipurpose areas are all directly supervised from a central control station that supports staff in those areas. Central control also supervises visitor access, visitation areas, admissions areas, and several holding/segregation rooms located in admissions. The group visiting room serves as a multipurpose space for visiting, staff training, and court hearings and connects to recreation space for outdoor visiting.

The Daytreatment program provides space for education, dining, counseling, passive recreation and other group
activities. Juveniles living in the community are required to attend this program as an alternative to detention. A full
schedule of activities is available daily and into evening hours as required by juvenile and court needs. Although spaces are not secure as in the detention component, access is controlled to minimize undesired access by the public, undetected resident egress, and the introduction of contraband into daytreatment areas.