Juvenile Facility Operations

As of March 15, 2021, the Division of Juvenile Justice resumed in-person visitation between parents/guardians and juveniles in our facilities. This decision was made because visitation is so important for the mental health and success of juveniles in our care, the rate of COVID-19 transmission has declined significantly in North Carolina, and vaccinations are available to all frontline essential employees. The resumption of visitation is coupled with screening procedures, requirements to maintain social distance, and encouragement to conduct visitation activities outdoors when feasible.  

Facility visitation is subject to suspension as deemed appropriate for the safety and health of juveniles, staff and visitors.

Juvenile Justice originally suspended visitation due to COVID-19 on March 16, 2020. The section then resumed limited in-person visitation between parents/guardians and juveniles in our facilities on Oct. 1, 2020, but was forced to again suspend visitation on Jan. 5, 2021. At all times, visitation by legal counsel was permitted. 

Visitation will resume under the following conditions:

  • Visits must be scheduled in advance, by appointment only.
  • Juveniles who are on isolation or quarantine, or who have exhibited any symptoms of COVID-19, will have their visit rescheduled.
  • All visitors will be medically screened with temperature checks, in addition to standard security procedures. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, or who has a fever of 100 degrees or more, or who has been exposed to someone who is COVID-positive, will be denied entry.
  • The visits will be non-contact only. Social distancing of at least six feet between juvenile and visitor will be enforced. Additionally, both juveniles and their visitor must wear face masks for the duration of the visit.
  • If the facility grounds and weather conditions permit, visits will be encouraged to take place outdoors.
  • Visitors should immediately inform the facility if they receive a diagnosis of COVID-19 or develop signs and symptoms of COVID-19 within 48 hours after a visit.
  • Volunteer activities at juvenile facilities remain suspended, and will resume when conditions are deemed safe. The health and safety of employees and the juveniles in our care is the top priority of the Department of Public Safety. 

For information on the coronavirus, how to protect yourself and vaccines, please visit the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services website: http://www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus.

Juvenile Facility Operations operates two types of secure custody centers for youths in North Carolina: juvenile detention centers and youth development centers.

Juvenile detention centers temporarily house youths alleged to have committed a delinquent act or to be a runaway. Youths are generally placed in a juvenile detention center while awaiting a court hearing, or until another placement can be found, either in a community-based program or service or following commitment awaiting placement in a youth development center.

Effective Aug. 1, 2020, juvenile detention centers also house youth under age 18 who are charged in criminal court (adult system) and detained pretrial or who receive certain criminal sentences or certain sanctions as a result of adult probation.

Youth development centers are secure facilities that provide education and treatment services to prepare committed youth to successfully transition to a community setting. This type of commitment is the most restrictive, intensive dispositional option available to the juvenile courts in North Carolina. The structure of the juvenile code limits this disposition to those juveniles who have been adjudicated for violent or serious offenses or who have a lengthy delinquency history.

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Juvenile Nutrition Services provides oversight of the nutritional programming in the Division of Juvenile Justice-operated youth development centers and juvenile detention centers. To ensure the youth in our care recieve the proper diet, our facilities participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. This team works collaboratively with facility food service supervisors and their staffs to ensure optimal nutritional outcomes for youth. Youth's nutritional literacy is targeted as an education goal while promoting healthy food consumption at the centers. The Juvenile Nutrition Services features a team of professionals assigned to the Central Office to ensure compliance with all federal and state nutrition standards and menu-planning approaches.

The School Nutrition Services Section of the N.C. Department of Public Instruction conducts a required comprehensive program review of Juvenile Justice's School Nutrition Program every five years. This review measures compliance in areas including meal access, eligibility and reimbursement, benefit issuance, meal counting and claiming, dietary specifications and nutrition standards, meal patterns, food safety, civil rights, local wellness policies, accountability and recordkeeping, financial management, procurement and other areas as described in the federal regulations. This review is overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.



Updated Local Wellness Policy for Juvenile Detention Centers, January 2018
Updated Local Wellness Policy for Youth Development Centers, January 2018
Triennial Assessment Report, 2020-21
Technical Assistance Regarding Use of the Nondiscrimination Statement 


School Nutrition Program Administrator:  Lynne Williams
SNP Administrative Officers:                 Carolyn Cash
                                                             Maria Jones



Juvenile Education Services (JES) provides oversight of the education programming in youth development centers, juvenile detention centers and contracted community-based residential programs, and is charged with fulfilling all state and federal mandates of a traditional school system. Follow this link for additional information regarding JES.

Health & Medical

Health & Medical

Juvenile Health Services is dedicated to meeting the health and health education needs of the youths in juvenile justice facilities. Professional medical staff screen and assess youth upon admission, develop healthcare plans and provide appropriate interventions and/or follow-up that may include referral for specialty assessment and intervention. Follow this link for additional information regarding juvenile health services.