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Juvenile Detention Center


The Butler County Juvenile Detention Center (BCJDC) is a 66 bed holding facility for juveniles charged with an unruly or delinquency offense. The mission of the BCJDC is to provide safe and secure short-term care for juveniles accused of or adjudicated of a criminal offense.

Local law enforcement, and/or the juvenile court determine if circumstances warrant the secure detention placement of a juvenile.  Juveniles are typically placed in the facility for one of the following reasons: 1) determinate sentence, 2) are awaiting placement, 3) they have been adjudicated and are awaiting disposition, 4) they are awaiting transfer to another facility or 5) they cannot be served in a community based setting.

Once admitted to the facility, the facility houses residents based upon a number of classification factors. These factors include but are not limited to the resident’s age, gender, previous facility behavior and seriousness of offense.

During a resident’s placement in the facility, they maintain a daily programming routine. Facility programming is provided to residents by staff members and community agencies. These community agencies include Access Counseling, Butler Behavioral Health Services and community volunteers. Religious programming is provided by local volunteers from community churches.

Educational programming is provided through a contract with the Butler County Educational Service Center (BCESC). Residents are required to attend school on daily basis. The BCESC provides educational programming in the core content areas of English, Math, Science and Social Studies. There is also an intervention specialist assigned to the facility to facilitate special education services. 

The facility operates the Compass Program for juveniles adjudicated of felony level offenses. This program utilizes cognitive behavioral interventions Aggression Replacement Training (ART) to address the anti-social thinking and behavior patterns that has led to the juvenile’s placement in the facility. The program has a length of stay of 60 to 90 days from disposition depending upon their treatment needs.


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General Information

Questions? Comments?
Please contact: Chelsea Watson
Phone: (513) 887-3800
Fax: (513) 887-3871