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Detention believes CHARACTER COUNTS!®, everywhere, all the time.

This means we work with youth on their strengths, help them to learn skills that they can use while they are in Detention as well as in the community, and assist them with areas they struggle with. Our expectations in Detention are very basic; we want all youth to show Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship (T.R.R.F.C.C.). Through consistency, a structured environment, strength-based programming, nurturing, and accountability, youth can maximize their opportunity for change.

The Detention Center works actively with the community, public agencies, and private agencies to provide a wide range of helpful services that support youths physical, emotional, and social development. These services also promote justice, education and the prevention of delinquency and abuse.

Programming serves to afford our youth:

●  Opportunities for individual growth and change regardless of length of stay
●  Increased use of healthy coping skills
●  An opportunity to learn fair play, rule following, and teamwork
●  Positive forms of self-expression
●  Ways to develop a better understanding of himself or herself
●  A chance to develop new interests or skills to be followed upon release
●  The opportunity to work and increase their skills within a structured setting
●  Exposure to experiences that broaden youth's thinking and encourage positive relationships with adults
●  Empower youth to make positive change
●  Positive decision making
●  Build self-confidence
●  Increase competence and ablitity to succeed within the community
●  Increase self-sufficency skills
●  Stronger sense of community
●  Exposure to other cultures, educational opportunities, and thought processes that expand their knowledge, encourage growth, and positive self-expression.
●  Drug and Alcohol Eduction
●  Cultural Appreciation
●  Problem Solving
●  Juvenile Laws
●  Religious/Spiritual Services
●  Relaxation and Stress Management
●  Yoga
●  Communication
●  Dog Therapy
●  Community Activism / Involvement
●  Literacy Improvement
●  Conflict Resolution
●  Cognitive Skill Building
●  Positive Identity and Self Expression
●  Healthy Coping Strategies
●  Animal / Pet Care
●  Environmental Sustainability

Special workshops, events, and speakers are a key part of Detention's programming efforts.

Programming has been a great success in stirring the imagination of the youth and bringing a welcomed change to their daily routines. Recent special programming events included:

●  Conflict Resolution
●  University of Arizona Athletic Teams
●  Inside Out Poetry
●  Master Gardeners, Gardening, Agriculture
●  Sonora Desert Museum
●  Goodwill Good Futures and Metro Programs
●  Pima County Public Library
●  The Humane Society of Southern Arizona
●  Pima County Health Department
●  Poet Program

Juvenile educational programs, provided by the Detention Center and CAPE, are enhanced by services provided by the Tucson-Pima Public Library.

The library makes available materials that meet the educational, recreational, informational, and cultural needs of detained youth. This valuable service aids in the rehabilitation, social development, educational competence, school completion and successful re-entry of youth into the community.

Through the exceptional efforts of the library staff assigned to the Detention Center, a collection of more than 7,000 paperback books are available for use by the youth. Juveniles eagerly anticipate the library staff’s twice monthly visits to each living unit. During visits to the library, youth can request specific books on appropriate topics and check out newly arrived books.

The Detention Library staff also conducts:

  1. Monthly Library Card Clinics: where youth receive public library cards.

  2. Monthly Public Library Orientations: where youth learn about services offered by their public library.

  3. Weekly Homework Help Tutoring: where the library tutor works one-on-one with youth four hours per week.

  4. Rest of the list follows

Other special library programs have included a presentation by a Holocaust survivor, an Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum presentation, an Old Tucson Studios production, and One Book/One Community book discussions.

Suzette Williams

Director of Detention Services

(520) 724-2929

Juvenile Detention
2225 East Ajo Way
Tucson, AZ 85713

Map and Directions

Detention 24-Hours:

(520) 724-2150

Intake 24-Hours:

(520) 724-2003

CAPE School:

(520) 724-4544


(520) 724-5093