Youth Detention Facility

Youth Detention Facility Services

9601 Kiefer Boulevard • Sacramento, CA  95827 • Phone: (916) 875-6996 • Directions

Sacramento County Probation is responsible for the operation and management of the County’s juvenile hall, called the Youth Detention Facility (YDF). YDF is the first point of interaction for most youth who enter the county's juvenile justice system. 

YDF provides a safe and secure environment for our youth by focusing on educational​, recreational, and vocational programming as well as medical and mental health​ services. We strive to promote the health and well-being of the youth we serve​ by encouraging law-abiding behavior, teaching individual accountability for one's choices, and supporting positive change. 


​El Centro Junior/Senior High, operated by the Sacramento County Office of Education in YDF, is a Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredited, year-round, school program. We offer a traditional diploma pathway,  High School Equivalency Test (HiS​ET), Advanced Education courses through Los Rios Community College District, hybrid and correspondence college courses for graduates, 21st Century Skills preparation, and pre-apprenticeship programs in Culinary Arts and Construction Technology. ​

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Recreational Activities and Physical Education

Daily recreational activities  and physical education are provided to all YDF residents within the facility. There is a gymnasium and swimming pool, and courtyards in all units that are utilized for organized sports and physical activities.

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Juvenile Correctional Health is responsible for providing legally mandated health care services to the youth in the Sacramento County Youth Detention Facility. Under the umbrella of the Department of Health Services, Primary Health Division, Juvenile Correctional Health employs an interdisciplinary team of healthcare providers, registered nurses, and administrative staff responsible for providing relevant and continually evolving healthcare practices that will ensure high quality services and efficient service delivery.

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Mental Health

Juvenile Justice Institutions Mental Health is responsible for providing legally mandated, culturally competent, adaptive, ​responsive and meaningful behavioral health care services to the youth in the Sacramento County Youth Detention Facility. Behavioral health services are provided by licensed clinical staff of the Department of Health Services, Division of Behavioral Health, and supervised by a licensed Mental Health Program Coordinator. The program contracts with physicians to provide on-site psychiatric services.

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Many programs and activities have been developed by staff and managers at the Youth Detention Facility to provide rehabilitative opportunities for the youth, including peer mentoring, fitness and sports activities, trauma-informed therapy, leadership development and more.  Hundreds of volunteers provide everything from faith-based counseling to yoga classes.

YDF also offers the Leadership Education and Athletic Program (LEAP) and the Skills Training Enrichment Program (STEP). LEAP emphasizes teamwork, and challenges residents both physically and mentally. STEP is a multidisciplinary youth program encompassing education, mental health, recreational therapy and physical fitness to build the residents’ skills and improve their behavior. Program components include individual and group therapeutic activities and encourages pro-social behavior.

View our booklet for an overview of additional programs and services provided.

Parent Orientation Night 

Parent Orientation Night  is held every third Thursday from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm in the Youth Detention Facility's Visitor Center. The events provide opportunities for parents and guardians to learn about the services and programming their child will receive while in Probation's care. Parents will also have an opportunity to obtain resources for their child’s successful reintegration back into the community.  For more information about Parent Orientation Night, please contact Supervising Probation Officer Jolene McArdle at 916-874-1544 or email:

Juvenile Justice Chaplaincy

Religious services and spiritual support are available to residents and staff through the Juvenile Justice Chaplaincy Volunteer Program. For more information, please contact the Chaplaincy's Administrative Assistant at 916-875-1305 or inquire via email to Chaplain Tara Benning at:

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