The Desoto County Juvenile Justice Facility opened in April 2007. It has over 13,000 square feet and has the capacity to hold 40 juveniles. This state of the art center is equipped with monitored security cameras through out the facility. The male pod can house 25 boys and the female pod can house 15 girls. Each pod is equipped with an observation room which allows officers to have a constant visual on juveniles with special needs.
The facility includes a med room where juveniles receive medical care by on sight licensed medical professionals. An enclosed outside recreational yard is provided for physical activities. There is also a visitation room available for guardians, legal counsel, and youth court personnel.
A classroom equipped with a computer lab, a library, and textbooks from Desoto County Schools, allows juveniles to maintain their current level of education. A full time teacher and a full time special education teacher are provided to instruct and evaluate the juveniles. They work with the local schools and faculty to assure that the juveniles in custody receive and complete all assignment.
Juveniles are evaluated by mental health professionals through Region Four. Counseling is available on a daily basis for all juveniles in custody. We also provide optional religious services from local churches on a voluntary basis.