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County Home => Juvenile Services => Detention Services / Wittenberg Hall


Steve Calabrese
Division Director

Bob Coleman, Program Manager

Wittenberg Hall provides for the temporary care, custody and control of delinquent youth in a safe and secure environment pending further investigation by the Probation Department and/or disposition by the Juvenile Court. You will be charged for your child's stay in Wittenberg Hall, for billing questions please call Washoe County Collections at 785-5600.

While safety and security concerns are foremost responsibilities, we strive to provide meaningful programming to meet the needs of juveniles in custody.

Visiting Your Child 

Detention Mission Statement

On-Site Services:

  • An on-site Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (APN) and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) provide medical screening, update immunizations, perform medical testing, and make referrals for on-going healthcare services. 
  • Detained youth receive a mental health screening (MAYSI) during the booking portion of their intake.  The screening may trigger the need for further clinical evaluation, which is provided by a licensed practitioner.  This evaluation assists staff in determining the level of security needed by an individual youth while in detention. 
  • The Washoe County School District provides two (2) certified school teachers during the traditional school year and we contract with the school district for two summer school sessions.  Also, the School District, through Title I funding, in collaboration with the Children's Cabinet, provides educational transition services for detention youth.  A case manager from the Children's Cabinet may work with youth in order to identify educational goals or assist in identifying alternative school placement.
  • Court ordered Psychological and/or Psychiatric testing is provided by the Department.
  • Washoe County Library provides bi-monthly visits to the detention center with their mobile library van. 
  • Arts Alternative Program is offered bi-weekly by the Sierra Arts Foundation
  • Narcotic Anonymous
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Foster Grandparent Program
  • Frontline AIDS Education Panel conducts quarterly presentations
  • Victim Impact Panel
  • Various local churches provide outreach ministers who conduct weekly bible study, discussion groups, and non-denominational Sunday services 
  • Detention staff conduct ongoing special interest programs concerning gender specific issues, race relations, current events, and historical information
  • Youth are involved in daily recreational, housekeeping programs, and other acceptable leisure time activities 
  • Detention staff provides two evidenced-based programs: Thinking for a Change, Boy's Council, Girl's Circle, and Aggression Replacement Training (ART).  These skill building programs help promote healthy, positive alternatives and social skills to combat inappropriate negative behaviors.


NON-DISCRIMIMINATION POLICYJuveniles are assured equal opportunity to participate in all programs and work assignments without discrimination based on race, national origin, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or physical handicap.  A healthy and orderly physical environment is provided for all.  Juveniles are assured a safe and caring environment. Staff protects juveniles from abuse or exploitation by peers or others. Staff performs all supervision.  Juveniles are provided daily exercise, indoor and/or outdoor.  Juveniles have the right to seek redress through the Courts for illegal conditions or loss of rights protected by constitutional or common law.  Juveniles may pursue a grievance if they feel their rights have been violated.

Juveniles have access to legal representation from either a private attorney or through the Public Defender’s Office. Juveniles may access their public defender at any time using the facilities collect call system.  All attorney calls are department paid calls.  Visits or contacts between juveniles and their legal representatives are confidential.