The purpose of the La Porte County Dorothy S. Crowley Juvenile Services Center (JSC) is to provide services and programs to the juvenile Courts of La Porte County. The primary goal is to effectively service the troubled and at-risk youth of the County by intervening in the least restrictive manner different than and separately from adults. The Facility is structured to provide services to juveniles as opposed to being punitive, and protects juveniles from abuses that might occur in adult institutions.
All programs will meet applicable Constitutional, Federal, and State Laws, Local Ordinances, and standards and regulations set forth by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Indiana Department of Child Services, the Indiana Department of Correction, and the American Correctional Association.
Further, juvenile detention and residential care both provide and maintain a wide range of helpful services administered by a trained and professional staff which include, but are not limited to the following:
- Behavior Program that structures time and offers a fair/consistent system of rewards for positive behavior and consequences for negative behavior.
- The development of an individual educational plan which addresses remedial needs.
- The development of individualized care plans to address social/emotional needs of the client.
- Creative Arts Programming that encourage self expression
- Vocational Education
- Physical Education
- Conflict Resolution
- Law Related Education
- Individual and group counseling
- Nutrition Education
- Medical and Dental screenings which include daily sick call
The Juvenile Services Center also includes and provides a system for clinical observation and problem-noting which supplements the wide range of helpful services provided by the Court, including Home Detention, Electronic Monitoring, and Day Reporting.
Our facility is designed to serve the children of La Porte County. Every child who is placed at our facility is an individual with his/her own reasons for being with us. Every child has different needs, wants and desires. To assist our children with the complexity of their own areas of improvement, we have established standards for dress attire for visitors. Thank you for abiding by our standards.
Visitors should always be appropriately dressed. This means that your attire should be free of:
- Revealing or excessively short clothing
- Clothing that advertises alcohol, tobacco, gang affiliation or drugs
Hats are not permitted to be worn within the Center.
If you are asked to leave the Center or are denied visitation due to your attire, please exit the building and return when you meet the visitor dress code during the established visitation hours.
No letters will be accepted unless sent through the United States Mail. Notes or letters are not accepted at the door of the JSC or at Court.
La Porte County Juvenile Services Center
0364 South Ziegler Road
La Porte, IN 46350
Residents are furnished envelopes and stamps per week based upon their level.
Residents will not be restricted from receiving or sending mail unless there is a valid court order specifically detailing the “NO CONTACT” guidelines.
Residents may make personal phone calls only with approval of their placing agency or the Judge.
Residents are not to receive any incoming phone calls from parents/guardian.
Residents are afforded opportunities to make business calls during the day to their attorneys, placing agency, etc.
Level 4 (4): 10 minute calls
Level 3 (3): 5 minute calls
Level 1 & 2 (2): 5 minute calls
PHONE CALL TIMES
Monday – Friday: 7:30PM – 9:00PM
Weekdays: 7:00AM – 8:00AM, 3:00PM – 3:45PM, and 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Weekends: 10:00AM – 11:45AM, 3:00PM – 3:45PM, and 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Phone call privileges can be revoked by the Judge, Probation, Placing Agency or Juvenile Center Staff.