Juvenile Detention

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Racine County Juvenile Detention is a secure, 121 bed facility located at 1717 Taylor Avenue in Racine. Services are provided to incarcerated youth from Racine, Kenosha and Southeastern Wisconsin. While at the center:

  • We are responsible for your child's care and well-being. We provide clean clothing, three meals a day, hygiene/personal care products, reading and writing materials, chaplaincy services, medical care, recreation and psychological care.
  • Youth are required to attend school daily. In partnership with the local school district, Racine Unified School District (RUSD), full-time, licensed teachers are onsite to provide educational support and school work in accordance with the education plan of the school your child previously attended. This allows your child to keep up with their work during the school year and summer.
  • Parental involvement is encouraged through visitation and telephone calls. The Visitation and Telephone Policies can be found by clicking HERE.

For Juvenile Detention rules, CLICK HERE.


A few of the resources available to youth at Racine County Juvenile Detention are:

  • Alternatives to Corrections Through Education (ACE) - Unique program for youth who meet criteria for a community based program.

  • Medical and Mental Health Services - Important health and psychological assessments are performed during the first 24 hours. Both onsite nursing and weekly doctor visits with 24/7, on call medical services. For more information, visit Behavioral Health Services.

  • Racine Unified School District (RUSD) - Full-time Racine Unified School district licensed teachers onsite both during the school year and summer.

  • Securus Technologies - Communication service to stay connected to your family member while in Juvenile Detention.

Hope Otto, Human Services Director, is responsible for the overall operation of the Department while Antonio Chavez, the Superintendent of Juvenile Detention is responsible for the day to day operations.

For a printable Juvenile Detention fact sheet, CLICK HERE.

Share complaints, compliments or other issues related to Juvenile Detention by filling out a Juvenile Detention Feedback Form or contacting:

 Antonio Chavez, Superintendent