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Juvenile Detention Center

The Juvenile Detention Center is a secure 24-hour detention facility for juvenile males and females ages 10 to 17 awaiting their appearance in front of a judge.

The facility has a capacity of 87 beds with an average length of stay of 10 days.

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Visiting and communicating with residents

The Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation made temporary changes to in-person visits at the Adult Corrections Facility and Juvenile Detention Center, to help ensure the health and safety of our residents and staff. Additional communication options have been made available to residents.

Juvenile Detention Center

  • In-person visiting available seven days a week with a pre-scheduled appointment. To schedule a visit, please contact the Juvenile Detention Center at 612-348-8122.
  • Residents can video chat and make phone calls to parents and guardians.
  • Residents can send and receive mail.

For questions about communicating with residents, please contact the Juvenile Detention Center at 612-348-8122.

When you visit county buildings (including all probation offices and correctional facilities)

  • Visitors to most county buildings are not required to wear a mask.
  • Visitors may still be required to wear a mask in certain county buildings, including correctional, detention, and health care settings. Follow instructions from signage and building staff.
  • Masks are recommended for those who are unvaccinated or at high-risk for COVID-19.
  • Visitors who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not enter county buildings, when possible. If these visitors must enter, they should wear a mask.

Buildings and service areas with continued face covering requirements

  • Adult Correctional Facility – entire facility
  • Public Safety Facility – only in congregate areas
  • Juvenile Detention Center – entire facility
  • Courts – inside courtrooms, jury deliberation rooms, and other court-controlled spaces, identified in the Minnesota Judicial Branch COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

Who can visit?

Only parents or legal guardians are allowed to visit. Due to confidentiality laws, siblings, extended family and children are not allowed to visit.

All visitors must present photo identification.

Visiting during the first 24 hours after admission

During the first 24 hours after admission, parents or legal guardians will be allowed to visit their child any time for half an hour.

Visiting after the first 24 hours (starting April 5)

In-person hours

  • No appointment necessary
  • Tuesday and Thursday: 8:30–9 p.m.
  • If you have been sick or have symptoms, please stay home and arrange a time for video visiting.

In-person visitation requirements

  • Upon arrival, a corrections supervisor will provide you with the Tennessen Warning. You will review and sign the Tennessen Warning.
  • A COVID-19 screening will be performed and your temperature will be taken using a contactless thermometer. If you have specific symptoms, or temperature over 100 degrees, the in-person visit will be denied.
  • No one is permitted to wait in the lobby. If you require a ride, the person who drops you off will need to return to the JDC to pick you up at the end of the visitation. Visitors are not allowed into the building to pick you up.
  • Bring your current photo ID.
  • A face mask, which is required in the facility, will be provided to you. The mask must cover both mouth and nose, as well as be secured to the head with ear loops at all times.
  • To adhere to CDC guidelines and safety precautions, no physical contact will be allowed. If you refuse to comply with the visiting requirements, you may not be allowed to visit.
  • Visits will be limited to 30 minutes.
  • Secure all items prior to coming into the facility as we will not have a place for you to secure belongings.

Saturday video visitations

  • Zoom visits can be scheduled by calling the on-duty supervisor at 612-348-8122. Zoom visits are on Saturdays at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

No visiting hours

  • There are no scheduled visiting hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.


Parking is available at downtown meters or at the Hennepin County Medical Center for a fee.

Admission to the Juvenile Detention Center is determined based on detention criteria and the alleged offense. A detention hearing is held to determine if a juvenile will be released or held for additional hearings.

If you are the parent or legal guardian of a child who has been arrested and admitted into the Juvenile Detention Center, you will receive a call from our intake staff.

In addition to a safe and secure environment, a variety of educational programs and services are provided at the facility.

Stadium View School

Residents 18-years-old and younger who have not graduated from high school or have not earned a GED are enrolled in school in the Juvenile Detention Center. The school offers:

  • High school credits that are transferable to a resident's home school – students can earn .25 credit for every eight hours they work on one subject
  • Classes taught by teachers from the Minneapolis Public Schools
  • After school programming to help residents make up credits and/or improve their academic skills
  • A GED readiness program

Electronic Home Monitoring

Electronic home monitoring is a community-based program for low-risk offenders.

Counseling and liaison services

Volunteer chaplains and spiritual counselors provide counseling and conduct nonsectarian worship services.

Medical care

Corizon Health Care provides a full-time medical team for routine and emergency medical treatment.


A diverse range of activities are provided within the living units and in our recreational areas. Activities include leisure, recreational exercise, life skills, debate, meditation and many other programs that are beneficial to youth.

Volunteer programs

Community volunteers bring a wide variety of educational, recreational, spiritual, and entertainment activities to the center each week.

Wellness policy

Juvenile Detention Center Resident Wellness policy (PDF)

Parent and resident grievances

The Juvenile Detention Center provides high-quality care to juveniles residing at the facility. However, if a parent or resident feels they would like to object to their experience at the facility, they can submit a grievance procedure form (PDF).

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