Detention Facility Guide (San Joaquin County)

What If I Am Not Doing Well

The Juvenile Detention Officers will manage your behavior by utilizing the Behavior Management System (BMS) to determine if you are eligible for rewards or sanctions for your behavior each day. The following is a breakdown of the level violations:

Level 1 Violations
  1. Refusal to follow staff directions/instructions
  2. Indirect swearing or minor disrespectful comments or tone of voice
  3. Not cleaning up after self
  4. Damaging one’s property
  5. Inappropriate dress or trading clothes
  6. Being late for an activity or programming
  7. Refusing to participate in activities
  8. Exchanging food
  9. Lying or cheating
  10. Yelling/raising your voice at another person
  11. Taunting or making fun of another person, non-physical horseplay
Level 1 Sanctions

You will receive the following consequence if you engage in a Level 1 violation:

  • Does not earn opportunity to participate in structured activity (group) for 30 minutes.

To help you think pro-socially and make better choices:

  • You will participate in all structured activities, including school, programming and recreation.

If it is a repeated Level 1 violation, you may have to complete a behavior contract to develop a plan to follow the rules.

If you continue the problematic behavior after redirection from staff, you will be considered for a Level 2 violation.

*This is a general list of behaviors, not a comprehensive or complete list.

Level 2 Violations
  1. Cursing at another person, offensive remarks, or gestures (i.e. racial name calling, intimidation).
  2. Being out of assigned area.
  3. Possession of contraband–pencils, pens, staples, paper clips, tobacco, gang indicia/writings, sexually explicit photographs, extra food, extra clothing, or extra bedding.
  4. Planting contraband on another resident.
  5. Verbally threatening, intimidating or using extortion.
  6. Refusing to participating in school or programming.
  7. Provoking a fight, gang gestures, comments, or signals.
  8. Gambling.
  9. Minor destruction of property (<$150).
Level 2 Sanctions
“You will not make your day”

You will receive one of the following consequences if you engage in a Level 2 violation:

  • Does not earn the opportunity to participate in structured activity (group) for 24 hours.
  • Loss of specific privileges (phone, specific activity, etc.) 24 hours.
  • Additional chores.
  • Probation or court notified of behavior.
  • Suspension of Dream Center privileges

To help you think pro-socially and make better choices:

  • You will participate in all structured activities, including school, programming and recreation.

Additionally, you may have to complete a behavior contract to assist you in making better decisions

If you continue the problematic behavior or failure to follow your assigned sanction, you will be considered for a Level 3 violation.

To regain good standing youth must make her/his day for the week including attending and participating in school every day and has not engaged in any behavior violations that would restrict that youth from making her/his current day.

*This is a general list of behaviors, not a comprehensive or complete list.

Level 3 Violations
  1. Possessing serious contraband- weapons, prescription drugs, illegal drugs/alcohol, lighters, matches or sharp objects.
  2. Assault and battery on staff.
  3. Fighting or inciting/conspiring acts of violence.
  4. Major destruction of property (>$150).
  5. Escape (attempted).
  6. Sexually acting out or inappropriate sexual gestures.
  7. Gassing or flooding room.
  8. Stealing/Possession of stolen property.
  9. Tampering with security equipment; false alarm, or disrupting attempts of staff to maintain safety in the facility.
Level 3 Sanctions
“You will not make your day”

You will receive one or a combination of the following consequences if you engage in one of the above Level 3 violations:

  • Does not earn the opportunity to participate in structured activity (group) for 48 hours.
  • Filing of a new law violation on a petition or violation of probation.
  • Probation or Court notified of behavior.
  • Suspension of Dream Center privilege.

*This is a general list of behaviors, not a comprehensive or complete list.

If you receive a major rule violation, but not a return to Court, you are entitled to a Due Process.

What If I Am Programming Well?

You are eligible for a variety of incentives such as:

The Canteen/Snack Shack:

The Snack/Shack is based on staff providing youth with points for engaging in pro-social behaviors. You earn Snack Shack points for participating in all programming. The Snack Shack is available once per week, at the Dream Center, to any youth who is in “good standing” the day of Dream Center/Snack Shack. A youth in “good standing” is any youth who has made his/her day for 7 days, including attending school every day and has not engaged in any behavior violations (no level 2’s or 3’s) that would restrict the youth from making his/her current day.

Each youth will receive his/her canteen from the Snack Shack the day their unit goes to the Dream Center (Tuesday- Thursday); you must also be in good standing the day of Canteen.

You are also eligible for a weekly incentive based on your “made days” for one week. If you make seven (7) days in a row, you may pick one of the following incentives:

  • Video Game Time (30 minutes).
  • Friday Movie with a Snack.
  • Picture with Family at Visiting.

Each day you make, you will choose from one of the following:

  • Three (3) Activity Sheets.
  • One (1) Bookmark.
  • 30 minutes bedtime extension (Eligible with Level 1).
  • Treat

What Are Room Checks?

Room checks are completed two times a day. Detention Staff will look for the following:

  1. Bedding folded neatly and on your mattress.
  2. No writing or carving on door, walls, or windows.
  3. Floor is to be clear of books, magazines, and papers.
  4. Books and magazines are to be spread out on your mattress.
  5. Toilet is flushed.
  6. Sink is clean.
  7. No contraband, (e.g. pencils, pens, markers, matches)

** You will be held accountable for what is found in your room and consequences will be imposed.

** Any damage to your room must be reported at the time of your room assignment.

Will Someone Read My Mail?

Detention Staff will scan and may withhold mail if it:

  1.  Encourages acts of criminal violence or physical harm to any one person or group of people.
  2. Advocates and/or plans for an escape.
  3. Contains or promotes gang activity.
  4. Contains contraband.
  5. Advocates and/or encourages racial or ethnic hatred.

What Is The Use Of Force?

The Use of Force is options of non-physical and physical intervention techniques available to the Detention Officers.

Restraints may be used by Detention Officers when less restrictive alternatives are ineffective in controlling the behavior. Restraints include handcuffs, waist chains and ankle cuffs. In addition, restraints are also used when ordered by the Court.

O.C. Pepper Spray

Detention Officers may use 0.C. Pepper spray to:

  1. Disperse fights and unit disturbances.
  2. Remove threatening or violent persons from rooms if other means fail.
  3. Personally defend against violent youth.

What Are The Effects of O.C. Pepper Spray?

0.C. Pepper Spray will cause:

  1. Swelling of mucous membranes (burning, runny nose).
  2. Involuntary closing of eyes (burning of eyes).
  3. Gagging, coughing, shortness of breath.
  4. An intense feeling of burning on exposed skin.

Although the physical effects of 0.C. Pepper Spray are very uncomfortable and can last up to one hour, the effects are temporary with no lasting effects to skin, eyes, or lungs.

How Can I Avoid Being Sprayed?

Whenever a Detention Officer announces an emergency, or declares his/her intent to use 0.C. Pepper Spray, you MUST always remember to follow staff instructions:

  1. Lay on the ground with arms crossed behind your back and head down.
  2. Remain seated with arms crossed and head down.

Failure to follow staff instructions may result in you being sprayed.

Decontamination:

  • All exposed youth will be provided with cool running water and a shower to clean the affected area.
  • You will be seen by medical staff for clearance.
  • Detention Officers will provide clean clothing, if necessary.

What Do I Do If There Is An Emergency?

If there is an emergency on the housing unit such as a fire, flood, etc.and the unit needs to be evacuated please be quiet, don’t panic, and listen carefully to the staff for instructions on what to do and where to go.

Who May Visit Me?

Only the following people are allowed to have regular visits with the youth detained in the Juvenile Detention Facility:

  1.  Parents, grandparents, foster parents, legal guardians, or persons standing in loco parentis (as determined by the Probation Officer or the Court).
  2. The child of the youth, who must be accompanied by one of the above.
  3. Siblings of the youth, who are five years of age or younger.
  4. Visitors under the age of five must be constantly supervised by the approved visitor. If the child is not able to behave during the visit, the visit may have to be terminated.

Scheduling of Visits

  1. Parents, grandparents, foster parents, legal guardians or persons standing in loco parentis may schedule a visit up to one week in advance by telephoning visiting staff at (209) 468-5244 between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday.
  2. If a message is left by an eligible visitor, that information will be recorded on the Incoming Message Log to Schedule Visits. The Visiting Detention Officer will make a minimum of three (3) attempts of telephone contact with the person to schedule the visit. These attempts will be documented in the Visiting Log

Visiting Schedule

Visiting days and hours are as follows:

Sunday– Juvenile Hall 2:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 4:00 p.m./ General population 5:00 p.m. Juvenile Hall (restricted youth) 5:45 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m.

Monday– Camp Visiting 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday– Juvenile Hall 5:00 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 6:30 p.m./ General population 7:15 p.m. Juvenile Hall (restricted youth) 2:45 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday– Juvenile Hall 5:00 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 6:30 p.m./ General population 7:15 p.m. Juvenile Hall (restricted youth) 2:45 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m.

Thursday– Juvenile Hall 2:45 p.m., 3:30 p.m. 4:15 p.m./ General population 5:00 p.m. Juvenile Hall (restricted youth) 5:45 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m.

Friday– No visiting

Saturday– Juvenile Hall 5:00 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 6:30 p.m./ General population 7:15 p.m. Juvenile Hall (restricted youth) 2:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 4:00 p.m.

Are Telephone Calls Allowed?

  1. When you first arrive at Juvenile Hall, you will be given one (1) free phone call to your parent(s) or legal guardian(s).
  2. You may also call your lawyer or attorney for free.
  3. If you have a block on your phone, Detention Officers will provide you with one free (5) minute phone call per week.
  4. Making threatening or abusive telephone calls is not acceptable and will result in the loss of your telephone privileges.
  5. All living units are equipped with telephones. You will be allowed to make collect calls with approval from Detention Officers.

What Is the Grievance Procedure?

If you are experiencing a problem while at Juvenile Hall, and you feel you are not getting the problem solved through your Juvenile Detention Unit Supervisor (JDUS), you may choose to use the following procedure to explain your problem to the Youth Advocate.

  1. If you feel you are being mistreated, abused, or denied basic rights, you should first discuss the situation with the Unit Staff or Facility Supervisor.
  2. If your grievance cannot be resolved, you may complete a written grievance and submit to the Youth Advocate.
  3. You may seek aid or advice from the Public Defender, a Private Attorney, or a Probation Officer.

What Happens When I Get Released?

  1. The judge and/or Probation Officer will decide the day and time you are released.
  2. Your personal property and money will be returned to you unless the Court places a hold on your property.
  3. Your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) will be asked to sign that you have received your valuables and clothes.
  4. Take all your court documents and be aware of any returning court dates.

The San Joaquin County Probation Department is committed to maintaining an environment free from sexual abuse and sexual harassment of youth in its facility. There is a ZERO TOLERANCE for anyone engaged in any form of sexual abuse or sexual harassment of youth. Sexual abuse and sexual harassment of youth is prohibited by Federal and State Law.

The San Joaquin County Probation Department participates in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) School Nutrition Program. the USDA prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, immigration status, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal and, where applicable, political beliefs, martial status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities).

If you wish to file a Civil Right program complain of discrimination complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complain Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail, at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program, intake@usda.gov.

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