Denton County Juvenile Detention Center

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210 S. Woodrow Lane
Denton, TX 76205-6304
(940) 349-2470
(972) 349-8847

Tracy Oliphant, Deputy Director of Institutions

The Denton County Juvenile Detention Center is a short-term, secure facility, designed to protect the community and the child and to assure the child’s appearance in court. The Denton County Juvenile Detention Center provides professional custodial care, crisis intervention, counseling, education, and other services and facilities including:

  • Secure individual rooms, each with a toilet, sink, and access to drinking water. The rooms are located in sections of 12 beds with separate sections for boys and girls.

  • A day area for each 12 bed section.

  • A medical exam area.

  • A cafeteria and food serving area.

  • A library.

  • Classrooms with education services provided by the Denton Independent School District (DISD) Joe Dale Sparks Campus

  • A counseling area providing individual counseling and crisis intervention.

  • Indoor and outdoor recreation areas.

  • Visitation rooms for families, attorneys, approved visitors, and other professional service providers.


Upon admission, a juvenile is given a private room and issued clothing and bedding. A child is also placed on a point system that rewards positive behavior, while providing consequences for negative behavior. The goal of the point system is to help ensure the security and safety of each resident. Behavior consequences are clearly documented and administered within the guidelines of the Detention Center’s policies and procedures. The following behavior sanctions are not permitted:

Prohibited Sanctions

Corporal punishment

Humiliating punishment, to include verbal harassment of a sexual nature, or which relates to a resident’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

Allowing or directing one resident to sanction another.

Group punishment for the acts of individuals.

Deprivation or modification of required meals or snacks.

Deprivation of clean and appropriate clothing.

Deprivation or intentional disruption of scheduled sleeping opportunities.

Physical exercises imposed for the purposes of compliance, intimidation, or discipline.

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Each child is required to follow a structured daily program. The goals of the program are to help a child develop personal discipline and positive habits and to realize the possible impact of the choices reflected in each child’s personal disciplines and habits. All daily activities are monitored by Juvenile Supervision Officers (JSO’s) certified by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.

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Each resident is daily provided three meals and an evening snack. Meals are prepared by kitchen staff at the County Jail and delivered to the Detention Center.

Should a resident have a dietary restriction for example, allergy or religious observances the Detention Center will meet the resident’s needs.

Clothing and Personal Hygiene

Residents are provided with all clothing, hygiene products, and bedding during their placement. The only personal clothing a juvenile is permitted to have during placement is a pair of shoes suitable for physical exercise.

During the intake process, each child is required to shower and complete personal hygiene for safety and sanitary purposes (including trimming of artificial nail products). The wearing of makeup (including fingernail polish) and artificial hair extensions are prohibited.

Medical Care and Medication

Parents and guardians are responsible for communicating any and all health care needs of their child to the Health Services Coordinator and intake staff. This communication includes current medical diagnoses, allergic reactions to any medication, or other allergies their child may have. Parents or guardians retain responsibility for their child’s medical care while in the facility. Parents or guardians are expected to work closely with the Health Services Coordinator on their child’s medical needs and any hospital care.

Each child’s prescription medication must be delivered to the facility by the parents or guardians in the original containers with standard prescription labels. Medication must be delivered so as not to allow dosage times to lapse. Over-the-counter medications must also have a physician’s written order. Medications are disbursed by or under the supervision of the juvenile health care staff. Each child’s medication must be refilled and delivered by a parent or guardian in a timely manner. All unused medications will be returned to the parents when the child is released from the facility.

When medical staff determines a situation requires more advanced evaluation or care, the child will be transported to the Denton Regional Hospital Emergency Room or appropriate medical facility. Should this become necessary, staff will notify the parents to meet the child and transport officer, as soon as possible, at the designated facility.

Family Contact

We recognize the importance of parents being able to communicate with their child while in the Detention Center.

To help facilitate that contact, we have contracted with a phone services vendor. This phone service will be explained during the admission process following the initial detention hearing. The phone service requires that a pre-paid account be activated.

If an account is not activated, each child will be permitted to make one phone call to a parent or guardian every seven days.

The phone vendor may be contacted as follows:


(800) 844-6591


Securus Correctional Billing Services P.O. Box. 110 Addison, TX 75001-0110

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Concerns or Complaints:

If you have a concern or complaint about how a child is being treated in Detention or about daily operations, you may submit your concern or complaint. Please use the Parent and Community Grievance Report Adobe Acrobat PDF to provide the details of your concern or complaint. No later than 10 working days from the date your report is received, you will be contacted by a staff member who will inform you of what steps or actions have been taken in regard to your concern or complaint.

Completed reports may be submitted by mail, email, or by fax to:

Denton County Juvenile Probation
Attn: Kendra Garner, Grievance Officer
210 Woodrow Lane
Denton, TX 76205-6304
Phone (940) 349-2400
Fax (940) 349-2471