The Spring Creek Youth Services Center (SCYSC) is a 51-bed juvenile detention facility located in Colorado Springs, CO. It houses male and female youth, aged 10 through 20, who are awaiting the outcome of an arrest or serving time for a Colorado juvenile offense. The maximum sentence served at this facility is 45 days.
The Spring Creek Detention Center is one of 10 residential juvenile detention centers that are part of the state of Colorado’s 2017 juvenile corrections reform movement. Once referred to as a “war zone,” the SCYSC has, according to this media article, improved notably in recent years.
The address and phone number at the Spring Creek juvenile hall is:
The following information, provided by our team of Colorado criminal defense lawyers, covers topics of interest to families who may have a loved one now held at the Spring Creek correctional facility.
- 1. Intake and Adjudication
- 2. Contact with your Child/Teen
- 3. Visitation at SCYSC
- 4. Life at the Center
- 5. Legal Defense for Juveniles
1. Intake Procedures at SCYSC
After your child or teen is booked into the Spring Creek Youth Services Center, he or she will attend a detention hearing. (This is supposed to take place within 48 hours, but the timeline does not include weekends and holidays.) At the hearing, a custody decision will be made by a juvenile court judge from the 4th, 10th, 11th, or 15th Judicial Districts. The minor may be released, further detained, or transported to another facility. For a very serious charge, such as a violent felony, transfer to adult court is a possibility.
2. Contact Policies for Family
At Spring Creek, detainees booked into the facility are allowed to make two initial phone calls to contact a parent/guardian and an attorney. Thereafter, they can make scheduled local or collect calls to approved parties. Parents, guardians, and custodians can also call into SCYSC and ask to speak to their child.
You are free to send correspondence addressed to your loved one, and he or she is provided with postage to mail out two letters a week. Letters are not generally read by staff unless there is a known security or safety concern.
3. SCYSC Visitation Policies
Parents, legal guardians and grandparents are permitted to schedule visits at the Spring Creek juvenile hall. Visits must be scheduled at least a day (24 hours) in advance. The phone number to call to request visitation is (719) 390-2717. Siblings and aunts/uncles may also visit in the company of one of the aforementioned primary visitors. There is a maximum of four visitors allowed per session, including children and infants.
The Spring Creek Detention Center is open for visitation every day, including holidays. The visiting hours are as follows:
- Monday through Friday: 8:30-9:30 a.m., 10:00-11:00 a.m., 6:15-7:15 p.m., 7:30-8:30 p.m.
- Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: All of the above hours, as well as additional afternoon/evening timeslots from 3:00-4:00 pm and 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Most residents at the correctional facility are eligible for at least one 1-hour visit per week, with additional opportunities granted as they rise through the “level” ranks, as shown:
- “Orientation level” –One 1-hour visit a week
- “Level One/Orientation” – Two 1-hour visits a week
- “Level Two/Three” – Three 1-hour visits a week, including a “special visit”
Special visits might include a girlfriend/boyfriend or friend. This individual must be accompanied by the parent or guardian of the SCYSC resident. Visitors are not allowed to bring in any items to give to the juvenile, and cannot bring in purses, bags, and cell phones.
4. Life for Committed Residents
Once a juvenile is committed to stay at SCYSC, he or she is on “orientation status” for 24 to 72 hours. The staff performs a risk and needs assessment , which will be provided to the court. Treatment modalities used by the center include Aggressive Replacement Therapy and Pathways substance abuse and sex offender programs.
Young Spring Creek Detention Center inmates are provided with three nutritious meals and snacks and access to medical care, as needed. Special dietary needs will be accommodated with proper notice (within 24 hours of initial intake).
The residents are kept busy with programming, group counseling, and schoolwork. Academics are provided by the Harrison School District, and earned credits are transferrable toward a diploma or GED.
5. Criminal Defense Help
If your child or teen has been arrested for a Colorado juvenile crime — or worse, talk to our experienced team of criminal defense attorneys. We provide an aggressive, proactive defense, and can help ensure the best possible outcome, often avoiding incarceration, a permanent record, and other damaging consequences. Our lawyers can also assist with expunging a juvenile record in Colorado. Contact our Colorado juvenile crimes defense lawyers today for a free consultation.