Updated January 1, 2020
The Clark County Juvenile Detention Center (CCJDC or “Juvie”) houses children ages eight and up with delinquency cases in or around Las Vegas. This 192-bed facility is located at 651 North Pecos Rd., Las Vegas, Nevada 89101. The phone number is (702) 455-5200.
The Clark County Juvenile Detention Center is referred to by several different names including Clark County Juvenile Hall, Las Vegas Juvenile Hall, or simply Juvenile Detention.
In this article, our Las Vegas juvenile defense lawyers answer frequently-asked-questions about the CCJDC:
- 1. What are the visiting hours?
- 2. Can I call my child?
- 3. How does my child get admitted?
- 4. How will my child get his/her medicine?
- 5. Does the facility provide schooling?
Also see our article about sealing juvenile records in Nevada.
Each housing unit in Las Vegas Juvenile Detention has its own visiting schedule:
- For Units E-1 and E 2 and E-6, visiting hours are Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
- For Units E-3 and E-4 and E-5, visiting hours are Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
The only people allowed to visit Juvie are the parents and legal guardians specified on the booking sheet. Children may not enter the premises.
Clergy may visit if they make an appointment. Attorneys are allowed to visit as well.
1.1. First & final visits
Parents and guardians are allowed to visit the day of their child’s first court hearing. Hours are between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Parents and guardians are also allowed to visit the day before their child’s departure to another institution. Call (702) 455-5200 for more information.
1.2. Visiting policy, behavior & dress code
Visitors must bring a photo ID. Visitors who are drunk, high, or are unruly will be denied entry.
Visitors can not bring letters, gifts, or toiletries for the child with some exceptions: Visitors may bring eye contact products and tennis shoes if the detention administration approves it.
Visitors are advised to dress conservatively. They may not wear:
- Tank tops,
- Halter tops,
- Crop tops, or
As with most jails, Clark County Juvenile Hall does not accept incoming calls to children. But the children may call their parents, guardians, or attorneys at designated times using facility phones.
Friends and family may send letters by mail through the U.S. Postal Service. The mailing address is:
Clark County Juvenile Detention Center
651 North Pecos Rd.
Unit # (if known)
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Children may send out no more than two letters per week.
Children suspected of delinquency in Clark County may be handcuffed and booked at Juvie. The booking process is meant to scare the minors into never getting into trouble again.
The booking officer records the minor’s identifying information. This includes name, address, social security number, and guardian names. A warrant check is also run on the child’s name.
Meanwhile the child has to empty his/her pockets’ contents, which are inventoried and stored. The child also has to turn over their money, jewelry, and shoes.
The child fills out a form authorizing Juvie to keep his/her belongings. The items may be returned when the child is released.
Then the child gets strip-searched, which occurs in private with an intake processor of like gender. The child is not physically touched but is instructed to remove his/her underwear.
Children are not subjected to body cavity searches unless police obtain a search warrant. And then only medical personnel in a hospital may conduct it.
3.2. Risk Assessment
The officers conduct an RAI (risk assessment instrument) on detainees to determine if they may be released or not. Some factors include:
- The nature of current and past offenses (such as violence);
- The number of past offenses; and
- Whether the juvenile was on supervised release
If the RAI returns a high-risk score, the child will remain in custody pending the Detention Review Hearing at 9:00 A.M. the next business day. Then the child’s attorney can try to argue that there is insufficient probable cause to keep detaining the child.
If the Hearing Master decides to keep detaining the child, a plea hearing is scheduled four business days later (unless the case involves a sex offense or getting certified as an adult defendant).
If the RAI returns a low-risk score, the child is put in a private holding cell until his/her parent or guardian arrives. At that point the probation officer Miranda-izes the child and interviews the parents. The officer will then determine whether the child can go home or would be safer in another facility.
If the child is released, he/she is given a return court date where he/she must appear. If the child fails to appear, the court will issue an arrest warrant (“writ”). The Juvenile Court is located near the detention center at 601 North Pecos Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89101.
If your child takes medicine, call the nursing office at (702) 455-4857. The medical staff must approve all prescriptions before they get administered.
Yes. Children detainees are provided basic public school education as well as shelter, clothes, and food. The facility also offers programs on the following subjects:
- Conflict resolution
- Gang intervention
- Drug awareness
- Life skills training
- Arts & crafts
- Guidelines to positive behavior
- Yoga & cultural awareness
- Current events
- Health & hygiene
There are communal areas for watching TV, reading, and attending class.
Is your child in Las Vegas Juvi Hall? Phone us …
If your child has been taken to Clark County Juvenile Detention Center, call us. Our Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys will do everything to try to get them released. Then we will do everything to try to get the delinquency charge reduced or dismissed.
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