View available programs offered within the juvenile detention facility and applicable policies for visitors and volunteers.

Mohave County Juvenile Detention Center

The Mohave County Juvenile Detention Center is a 32-bed facility. It houses male and female juveniles between the ages of 10 and the juvenile’s 18th birthday. The decision to detain a juvenile(s) is made by a Juvenile Probation Officer.

Juveniles remain detained per Court Order and who have been committed to the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (ADJC) waiting for transport.

Each housing unit or “wing” is set up as follows:
Both wings include a large dayroom that is utilized for group activities such as church services (offered, but not required), sex-education for the older males and females which are held at different times and never held together.

The day room is also where the juveniles receive their allotted free time during the evening hours. During this time juveniles may read, write letters, play cards, converse with other juveniles on appropriate topics or watch television.

Television is a privilege and only allowed during non-programming times. Programs are age-appropriate and approved by the supervisor. Each wing has two bathrooms one on each level. The bathroom includes a toilet, sink, and shower stall. Additionally, there are two rooms in each wing equipped with a toilet and sink. All movements of the juveniles
are supervised by detention officers. Juveniles must request to leave their seat, get a drink of water or use the restroom, etc.

While in the Juvenile Detention Center

Juveniles are given 30 minutes of outside or courtyard time (weather permitting) and 30 minutes of exercise time in the wings each day. Both activities are directly supervised by detention officers. All juveniles must participate unless they have a documented waiver by the medical staff.

The detention center uses a behavior modification system. When they arrive after 5:30 pm, they start Level I the following day at 6:00 am. All juveniles progress through the level system by exhibiting good behavior and being detained for a specific number of days. The progression is as follows:

  • Level I to Level II is two days
  • Level II to Level III is four days
  • Level III to Level IV is four days

Each level comes with more privileges which include an increased amount of free time, additional 10 minute collect phone calls each week, and later bedtimes. They start the lower level over again the following day at 6:00 am. Behaviors, if serious enough, are reported to the juvenile’s Probation Officer. It may include the Juvenile Court issuing additional consequences.


When juveniles are detained in the juvenile detention center, they have certain rights. These rights are as follows:


  • Receiving proper shelter, food, and clothing
  • Practicing recognized religions and receiving directions from a religious leader
  • Receiving proper medical care
  • Talking with their attorney
  • Receiving exercise and recreation
  •  Having a visit from a parent or guardian
  • Making one phone call a week to parent or guardian after school hours or on weekends during non-
  • programming times
  • Sending and receiving letters approved by Probation Officers which may be sent to parents and legal
  • guardians.
  • Filing a grievance if they believe they are not being treated fairly.

Juveniles are permitted one or two visits a week depending on their behavior. Visitations must be scheduled in advance by calling the Detention Center at (928) 753-0740 ext 4050. Visitation days are Saturday and Sunday from 12:00pm to 12:30pm and Monday from 6:00pm to 6:30pm each week. Each visitation is 30 minutes in length. All visits must be approved by the juvenile’s probation officer.

Education Center and Opportunity School

The Gloria Dusek Compass School is an accredited educational program within a secure-
care facility designed to provide detained youth with a grade-level education in which
students are successfully transitioned back into the community. The Opportunity School provides an “opportunity” for non-detained youth who have been expelled or long-termed suspended from the Kingman Unified School District to obtain school credit.

Find out more about:

Gloria Dusek Compass School

Opportunity School

Special Education Policies and Procedures

GED Testing Center

The Mohave County Juvenile Detention Center became an official GED testing center in April 2008 when it received accreditation from the Arizona Department of Education. As such, the detention center provides GED testing each month for all adjudicated youth who qualify to take the test. Adjudicated youth, under the direction of detention centers and probation or parole officers, are eligible to take the GED tests even if enrolled in school, when so ordered by the court. These youth must be at least 16 years of age.


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Hope Garden (Secure Substance Abuse Treatment)

Hope Garden is a 10-week program housed within the juvenile detention facility. The mission of Hope Garden is to provide trauma informed, evidenced based, substance abuse treatment to probation youth in our community. Hope Garden builds resilient families by providing structured care and teaching essential skills using a holistic approach to foster all-encompassing change.

Hope Garden provides a unique opportunity to keep juveniles in our county while still receiving intensive substance abuse services for both themselves and their families. Hope Garden youth are detained throughout the program, offering a structured setting for their treatment. The Hope Garden youth attend the Gloria Dusek Compass School during the day and participate in programming during the afternoon and evening. Family participation is a crucial element of Hope Garden, and families are offered at least 8 hours of time weekly to engage in counseling activities. 

Mohave County probation partners with several local agencies to provide psycho educational classes as well as has an onsite clinician to provide therapeutic services to the youth and families Hope Garden serves. 
*Insert Hope Garden Brochure

Project AIM (Evening Reporting Center)

Project AIM is an evening reporting program that occurs in the repurposed front side of the detention center. Project AIM is for non-detained youth on probation to participate in educational and pro social activities. Project AIM partners with local agencies to provide educational and skill building groups as well as bring job preparation and knowledge to the kids. Youth assigned to participate in Project AIM classes are offered transportation to and from programming as well as an evening meal while they are there. Reducing barriers to the participation of the youth was important when creating this program and remains a central focus of planning. Project AIM has adapted their schedule to fit the needs of the current population of probation youth and plans classes according to need. Family classes are also offered through Project AIM.  
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Additional Resources

PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) Policy

PREA Brochure

PREA Data Collection

PREA Audit Final Report Mohave

Data Collection and Review for Collective Action

Rules and Interventions

Protection From Harm Policy

Special Education Policy and Procedures

Project AIM Brochure

Project AIM Vision Statement

Project AIM Calendar

Physical Layout of Detention

While in a Juvenile Detention Facility

Rights of a Juvenile

PREA Policy

When a Juvenile is Detained

Survey of Sexual Victimization Report, 2016

Survey of Sexual Victimization Report, 2020

Protection from Harm Policy