in La Crosse County JDF
Space in the
detention facility cannot be held or reserved, unless the county authorizing
the detention is willing to pay for the space regardless of the arrival of
the juvenile. The juvenile must be in custody before space can be
granted. The requesting worker may call to check on the availability of
space in JDF, but the space is not guaranteed to be available unless the
juvenile is currently in custody. Verbal confirmation of space availability
must be made before presenting the child for detention. In other words, if
the child shows up on our doorstep without our prior knowledge and consent,
said child may be turned away.
Need not come
with the juvenile, but should be received within 2 days of the date of
your county from being billed for medication and medical services, please
provide MA numbers or a copy of the MA Card when appropriate.
social worker is the parent/legal guardian or legal custodian of the
juvenile, the social worker should not be signing the consent form.
Please keep in
mind that if an order or other legal paperwork comes through our fax machine
without an accompanying phone call, it might as well be a blank sheet of
paper. In other words, we must have verbal contact in order to process any
request regarding a juvenile.
the juvenile arrives for detention before we receive legal paperwork
authorizing the detention, we will have to require that the transporting
agent remain at the facility in charge of the juvenile until appropriate
paperwork is obtained.
Names and Phone
Numbers to Remember
Phone: (715) 836-5825
Fax: (715) 836-2331
Secure Unit (608) 785-6407
La Crosse County Juvenile Detention Facility Control Booth
Legal paperwork and detentions
is essential to the proper detention of any juvenile within this facility.
La Crosse County cannot assume the liability for a child’s welfare without
the presence of legal paperwork addressing detention.
Physical Custody Request, TPC)
Top half to be
filled out by arresting or transporting officer and is required at time of
detention if no other legal paperwork justifying the hold is present.
Bottom half to
be filled out by intake worker at time of face-to-face.
should contain some explanation of reason for hold – what the new charge
constitutes enough paperwork to hold a juvenile for the length of the
business day following the day of detention. Sometime during that day, the
juvenile must be released or other paperwork must be completed in order to
continue the juvenile’s placement in detention. Other paperwork could
consist of any of the following types.
72 hour hold
Can be the
initial paperwork used to detain a juvenile, or can be imposed on a
juvenile previously detained by another means.
must be filled in
indicate investigation or consequence in the box at the top of the
Section 1 –
must indicate delinquent or JIPS and give reason adjudicated (not reason
for holding today).
Section 2 –
must check one or both boxes.
Section 3 –
must check 1 box.
Section 4 –
will only be filled out if juvenile is detained as a consequence, in
which case the statement form must accompany it.
Section 5 –
must check 1 box. (Note: If the box for JIPS is marked in section 1, the
juvenile cannot be put in secure.)
Section 6 –
both lines must be completed.
Section 7 –
date and time must be filled in (we cannot fill these in for the
72 hour holds
are valid for exactly 72 hours from the time and date in section 7,
including holiday and weekend hours. Juveniles may not remain in detention
past this time.
If, at the
expiration of one of these types of holds, the juvenile is still in
custody, we may have to immediately release the child to him or herself.
Sanction order and
stayed days, worker must have a copy of the order imposing the days, and
must put, in writing, the number of days to be imposed.
sanctions is specific as to date but not time – a sanction day is not
necessarily 24 hours.
Make sure we
release to the appropriate party if specified in the order, and clarify
with Human Services if a release agent is not specified.
agency determines the count of the sanction days; the detention facility
will abide by that determination, rather than making our own count of the
Court Order (incl.
May pertain to
a current offense for which the juvenile was taken to court prior to
detention or could be a disposition order on a past offense.
appearance from county to county, and may be a single sheet containing
minimal information (name, date of birth, detention placement, and judge’s
signature) or huge booklets containing the entire criminal, social, family
and psychological history of the juvenile.
accepting an order as valid, check to see that it was signed by a judge
and that it contains, somewhere, an order for detention, current or stayed.
Could be used
to continue a 72 hour hold past its expiration.
returning from court, who were previously held on a court order, need not
be accompanied by a new court order, unless the judge imposes new
conditions on the detention (evaluation, home visits, etc.) – the hold on
the previous court order is continued.
Alone is not
valid means of detaining a juvenile.
orders to law enforcement to take into custody, but a detention placement
must be authorized by delinquency intake before admitting the
juvenile to the facility, and a temporary physical custody request must be
If the judge
issuing the capias specifically addresses detention placement in the
capias, then that document alone, without a TPC, is enough to detain the
convenience it provides, phone court is becoming a very popular alternative
to transporting juveniles to and from court. If you are planning on using
the phone court option, please follow these steps in setting up your hearing
with La Crosse JDF:
Once you have
a hearing planned, please call the Control Booth and notify them as to
time and date.
When court is
in session, please call the Control Booth (not the unit the child is
housed in). The Control Booth will transfer your call once the juvenile is
in place by a semi-private phone line.
conclusion of the hearing, you must call the Control Booth to notify JDF
staff of the outcome of the hearing. We cannot rely on the child’s
summation of the hearing process. At this time you shall also fax any
court orders or documentation required if the child is to remain in
detention, or call with transport arrangements if the child is being
Visiting and Phone
receive non-professional phone calls or visitors from 1pm – 4 pm and 6pm –
call out during any scheduled free time, which may not coincide with these
may call in or visit daily from 8:30am – 12:00pm and 1:00pm – 5:00pm.
visitors may include parents, step-parents, foster parents, grandparents
and siblings. Visitors should be prepared to produce I.D. and may be
subject to search by metal detector.
arriving during business hours should enter through the main entrance of
the building. Visitors arriving after 5pm daily or on weekends or holidays
must use the north entry to the secure elevator.
At this time,
La Crosse County Juvenile Detention Facility does not routinely conduct
drug screenings, but may provide this service at a later date.
evaluations are not routinely performed. However, any county agent
interested in having such evaluation may contact the Superintendent for
instruction on how to proceed.
Program – any county social worker interested in using the Reality Check
program must contact the Superintendent for instruction and should see the
referral form herein.