The Indio Juvenile Hall (IJH) is one of a few youth correctional facilities run by the Riverside County Probation Department. Minors under age 18 may be taken to this Juvenile Hall after being placed under arrest for a California juvenile offense allegation. They may be briefly detained here and released, committed pending the outcome of their case, or may end up serving time in the facility.
Indio Juvenile Hall is located in the city of Indio, CA, about 25 miles south of Palm Springs. The address and phone number is:
47665 Oasis St.
Indio, CA 92201-6950
On this page, detailed information about the Indio Juvenile Detention Center is provided by our team of California juvenile criminal defense lawyers. For the benefit of families who may have a child now detained at IJH, we address the following important topics:
- 1. Intake – What to Expect
- 2. Contact With Juvenile Detainees
- 3. Visiting Your Child/Teen
- 4. Life at the Juvenile Hall
- 5. Legal Case Assistance
1. Intake and Adjudication
When a child or teen is arrested and detained in Riverside County, he or will first undergo an intake interview and assessment, including a mental health assessment. He or she will be given a chance to call and speak to a parent/legal guardian during this process. A complete physical exam will take place within a few days.
By law, a judicial detention hearing should take place within two to three days (excluding weekends and holidays). In Indio, youthful detainees see a judge in the Juvenile Division of the Riverside Superior Court in Indio, who will make an initial determination regarding custody or release. If detained, there will be an adjudication hearing within 15 work days.
If the case involves a serious felony charge, a juvenile offender can potentially be transferred to the California Department of Juvenile Justice system, or, in extreme cases, may end up in adult court.
2. Contact with Your Child
If your son or daughter is detained in the Indio Juvenile Detention Center, he or she cannot receive personal phone calls. Committed residents are generally allowed to make outgoing (collect) calls to parents and/or guardians. These calls can be made during scheduled free time and may be limited in duration. If collect calls are a problem, you may be able to set up a pre-pay phone account through globaltel.com.
You can send an unlimited number of letters to your child, and he or she is encouraged to write to family. (Correspondence materials are provided to incarcerated youth.) Mail will be inspected, but is usually not read.
3. Visitation in Indio
The Indio Juvenile Hall accepts personal visitors for committed residents on weekends, with “special visits” scheduled for other days. General visitors are limited to parents/legal guardians, grandparents, and other adults who have been pre-approved by the probation correctional officer. Special visits might include children and siblings on a case-by-case basis.
Visiting hours are scheduled according to housing unit, and each resident has visitation one day per week. Visits are up to two hours in length, and two people can visit per session. Prior to visiting, you must ensure your name is on an authorized visiting list. Call the facility at (760) 863-7600 for more information.
Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes ahead of schedule, and your visitation session will not be extended if you are late. The staff will not accept or allow you to bring in hand-delivered mail.
Visits are monitored by camera. There are several rules for visitors, as outlined below:
- Be prepared to present valid photo identification for visits.
- Keep hands visible at all times.
- You may not bring in any personal property other than ID and a locker key. (There are coin-lockers onsite for storage.) No purses, cell phones, etc.
- Food, beverages, and chewing gum is prohibited in the facility.
- Behavior must be appropriate: no profanity, loud, disruptive, or threatening behavior.
- If you appear to be intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, you will be denied visitation.
- Bringing weapons or contraband into the facility is a felony crime.
The dress code is strictly enforced, and prohibits the following:
- Tank tops or “muscle” shirts
- Revealing attire, including short skirts, sheer fabrics, etc.
- Clothes displaying gang affiliation or graphics
- Clothes that display offensive or sex-themed wording or graphics
4. Life and Health in Detention
Committed residents of the Indio Juvenile Detention Facility receive three meals and a snack each day, basic clothing, and toiletries. If there is a special, medical dietary requirement, it will be accommodated. Youth have access to onsite medical care and mental health counseling, as well as faith-based services.
The residents pursue schooling according to their current grade level and special needs, and are kept busy with other types of programming. These include:
- Vocational programs and work assignments
- Gang awareness intervention
- Classes in conflict resolution, parenting, independent living, etc.
- Aggression Replacement Therapy (ART)
Physical education and recreation opportunities are also provided for three hours a day on weekdays and up to five hours on weekends. The juvenile hall uses a point based system to reward positive, productive behavior. Weekly incentives include additional privileges, treats and opportunities, as well as an “Honor party.”
The County of Riverside provides an online “Detention Orientation Handbook” with more information.
5. Criminal Defense Help
The arrest of a child or teen is a very traumatic event. Our team of criminal defense attorneys understand, and we have assisted many California families facing a similar circumstance. Our legal team, which includes former state juvenile prosecutors and police officers, defends minors accused of all types of juvenile crimes, with a high level of success. To obtain a free consultation today, please call our 24-hour line: 877-631-3652 or contact us online.