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Juvenile Detention

Headed by Lt. Belinda Cosgrove, the Juvenile Detention center employs 14 full time deputies and houses approximately 22 juvenile offenders. Listed below is information that may be useful to you if visiting or bringing items to the Detention Center for friends or relatives.

  • Visitation - Visitation is allowed on Sunday from Noon to 3:00 p.m. and on Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.. Visitation periods are 15 minutes in length and only immediate family is allowed to visit. All visitors must be on the inmates visitation list and have a photo I.D. to enter.

  • Clothing Items - Articles of clothing may not be brought in for inmates. All necessary clothing and hygiene items are provided by the Detention Center.

  • Commissary - Commissary privileges are not extended to juvenile inmates. All nutritional and snack necessities are provided by the Detention Center.

  • Medication - Medication for incarcerated persons should be brought to the Juvenile Detention Center as soon as possible! Medication must be in a prescription bottle, prescribed to the particular inmate and have the original label with the prescribing physicians name and contact number, for verification. Required medications will be accepted 24 hours a day.

  • Education - School classes are held Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., following Hot Springs School District policy and attendance schedule. ALL juvenile inmates are required to attend school daily. Educational videos are shown several times a week, at night, on topics such as; Drugs, Teen Pregnancy, Gangs and STD's, in an attempt to educate juveniles on the consequences of such activities.

Garland County Sheriff's Office Juvenile Detention Center Programs

The detention center staff has implemented a number of programs designed to provide support for the juvenile and family in an attempt to empower them to become more socially adept and to stabilize and support healthy social development.  The programs include:

  • Anger ManagementThis program presents information about managing anger and stress, developing emotional intelligence, and communicating more effectively.

  •  Smart Choices, Better ChancesThe Office of the Attorney General sponsors this program.  The program educates juveniles on the specific criminal laws and punishments.  The emphasis of the program focuses on the areas of youth violence, weapons, controlled substance, and street gangs.

  • “Be Proud, Be Responsible” HIV Prevention– This program is designed to increase knowledge about transmission and prevention of HIV infection. This program helps explain the importance of responsible sexual decision-making.

  • Power Source, Taking Charge of Your LifeThis program is for teenagers that are facing challenges of drugs, anger, violence, gangs, and questions about who they really are.  And while this program doesn’t have all the answers, it can definitely help youth uncover the power, strength, and wisdom that already exists within them.

  • C.A.S.E. Creating a Successful EnvironmentThis program was developed to provide a safe and secure environment, enhance positive life skills, and gain the cooperation and compliance of youth while in detention.  The C.A.S.E. program is to encourage positive interaction with staff and peers. The program goal is “Prevention and Resolution” of problem behavior.

  • Life Skills A program that teaches social and employability skills.

  • MAYSI-2 screening- Every juvenile that is incarcerated at the Garland County Sheriff's Office Juvenile Detention Center is administered the MAYS-2 screening at intake. The Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument (MAYSI-2) is a screening tool for use in juvenile justice contacts with youth to identify signs of mental/emotional disturbance.

  • Love and Logic - Jim Fay, an educator and Dr. Foster Cline, a psychiatrist, founded Becoming a Love and Logic Parent in 1977. The training teaches caregivers practical, easy techniques to shape the youth’s behavior into more thoughtful, caring and responsible.

  • J-RAP (Juvenile Re-Entry Action Program). The J-RAP program’s goal is to provide intensive case management to youth transitioning from incarceration into the community.  J-RAP uses a team approach, incorporating the Seven Critical Elements – Individualized/Specialized, Family, Community, Diversity, Strength-Based, Restorative, and Accountability.   J-RAP is often a referral source for more intensive treatment or appropriate placement.

  • H.E.R.O. (Helping Everyone’s Re-Entry Opportunity) - This is a mental health program designed to provide the least restrictive services to youth at risk with the juvenile detention facility. Mental health services up to 8 weeks will be provided to juveniles in the juvenile detention center environment and continue following their discharge from the detention center. Follow up services by Mental Health professionals will include linking families to community based resources to meet their mental health needs upon discharge from the HERO program.

  • Art Therapy- Art Therapy is a program to provide the juveniles a process for creative growth. The development stages, tasks and needs of the youth can be explored and they can find new views and solutions to their dilemmas. The art therapy group provides creative appropriate avenues for emotional expression along with increasing self-esteem.

  • Spiritual - The juvenile detention center has a full time chaplain who is on call and available 24-7.  The Garland County Jail Ministries, Inc., through the leadership of Rev. C.E. Losey, places the emphasis on moral and spiritual issues the juvenile and his family may have.  Through the ministry program, the juvenile has the opportunity to attend worship services, video services, Bible studies and counseling in spiritual matters. The mentor and tutor program of J-RAP is provided through Rev. Losey’s leadership.

  • Girls Circle – The Girls Circle is a model of structured support for girls from 9-18 years. It is designed to encourage the development of strength, courage, confidence, honesty, and communication skills for girls. The goal is to enhance girl’s abilities so they are able to take full advantage of their talents, academic interests, career pursuits, and potential for healthy relationships. The Office of Juvenile Delinquency and Prevention has rated this program a promising approach.

  • Why Try – is a strength based approach program using visual and auditory lesson plans to help youth overcome their challenges and improve outcomes in areas of truancy, behavior, and academics.

  • Alive at 25 – The curriculum developed by the National Safety Council is a four hour program for drivers in the 16-24 age groups. The long term goal of this program is to reduce the number of injuries and collisions incurred by people in this age group. Its focus is on persuading young drivers to take responsibility for their behavior in driving situations and to adopt safe driving practices.

  • Counseling - Group counseling is offered on Monday to the boys and on Wednesday to the girls.

  • Ministry
     - We have non-denominational services every Sunday. If you would like your pastor to visit your son/daughter you will need to contact Chaplain Ed Losey at 501-622-3684. All pastoral visits must be arranged through Chaplain Losey.    

  • School
     - All youth must attend school unless they have graduated or have their GED. Students work primarily in the areas of reading, language, and math to strengthen their skills. If you would like to pickup your son/daughter assignments and books from their home school, you may do so. If you have any questions, you may contact the classroom at 501-622-3647.

Youth will receive a handbook that will explain the rules, regulations and behavioral expectations during their stay in detention.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions about a Juvenile Detention matter, you may contact Lt. Cosgrove at 501-622-3643 or by email at;

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