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Last Updated: 2015-04-15

Juvenile Detention Center

The Richmond Juvenile Detention Center is a locally owned, secure co-ed community based 60-bed facility that provides temporary care for delinquents and alleged delinquents who require secure custody pending disposition, placement, or who are placed in the facility by the court as a sanction once found guilty of an offense. Our service area includes the City of Richmond and the 13th District Court Service Unit.

Pre-dispositional residents come into care once an intake officer or judge finds probable cause that the youth committed an alleged act that would be a Felony or Class 1 Misdemeanor if committed by an adult and there is (a) clear and convincing evidence that releasing the youth constitutes a clear and substantial threat to the person or property of others, or (b) releasing the youth presents a clear and substantial threat of serious harm to the youth’s life or health, or (c) the youth is a fugitive from another state.

While detention is primarily short term, residents participate in structured programs including school and recreational activities. All detained residents also receive medical and mental health screening services.


Unless otherwise approved by the Detention Center Administration, visitation is limited to parents/legal guardians. All visitors are subject to search, including the use of metal detectors without prior notification. Visitations hours are as follows:

  • Saturday -- 2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday -- 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
  • On Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day, visitation hours are 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Visitors who fail to adhere to visitation rules, which are provided to parents/legal guardians, could result in the early culmination of a visit and/or denial of future visitation privileges.

Visitors are asked to leave any personal belongings such as pocketbooks, cell phones, cameras, tobacco products, lighters, keys, hats and scarves in their personal vehicle. Picture identification is required. Alternate visiting times require administrative approval.

Volunteer Opportunities

There are various volunteer opportunities available throughout the year. Volunteers are responsible for providing a planned curriculum/program to be presented to our residents. We request that all volunteers dedicate at least six months of services at the center. All programs and volunteers must receive prior approval. Persons interested in volunteering at the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center may call (804)646-3371.


  • To provide for the residents' basic needs, such as shelter, food, clothing, and medical care.
  • Prevent the abridgement of residents' legal rights during detainment at the facility.
  • Provide for the physical, emotional, religious, educational and social needs of the residents during detainment.
  • House the residents in a safe and humane environment, maintaining the necessary security level to prevent escape and assure that the residents will be free of fear of assault or intimidation by staff or other residents.

Medical Services

Each resident receives a medical and mental health screening during their intake/admission process and a physical exam within 5 days of admission. Richmond Juvenile Detention Center will attend to all immediate medical needs. Our Mental Health Clinician provides crisis counseling, referral services and psycho-education groups (in addition to our Detention Counselors).

Educational Program

Richmond Juvenile Detention Center’s educational program follows the City of Richmond’s Public School curriculum. Our educational staff works to provide continuing education to our residents as their educational work transfers to their home school upon release. Our teachers instruct on all core classes in addition to art, life skills, vocational skills and GED preparation.

Contact Information

1700 Oliver Hill Way
Richmond, VA 23219

Telephone: (804)646-2937
Fax: (804)646-2990
Business Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m

For more information on Richmond Juvenile Detention Center, please call (804)646-2937.

Management Team

  • Rodney Baskerville, Superintendent
  • Charles Lampkins, Assistant Superintendent of Operations
  • Letta Jones, Assistant Superintendent of Programs
  • Tomika Easter- Hayden, Administrative Program Support
  • Terry Clark, Food Services Manager
  • Tara Robinson- Hobbs, Mental Health Clinician

Contact Information:

Department of Justice Services
City of Richmond
730 E. Broad Street, 8th Floor
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Phone: (804)646-5987
Fax: (804)646-3269

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