Youth Detention Facility



"Our  team  at   the   Youth  Detention Facility  has the profound responsibility of providing a safe and nurturing environment for the youth in custody.  This includes modeling pro-social behavior and supporting positive change."   

-Chief Deputy Dave Semon

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 these youth as well as provides educational and vocational activities that promote the health and well-being of the youth served; encourages law-abiding behavior; teaches individual accountability for one's choices; and models pro-social behaviors. 



El Centro Junior/Senior High, the year-round school program operated by the Sacramento County Office of Education in YDF, provides a full range of educational services to residents. In addition to attending school throughout the week, residents can earn high school credits and, if eligible, take the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) or the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET).


Recreational Activities and Physical Education

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


Medical and Mental Health

The Sacramento County Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) provides both medical and mental health services to the Youth Detention Facility. DHHS' Division of Juvenile Medical Services provides on-site medical care, such as vision and dental services, while DHHS' Division of Behavioral Health Services provides on-site mental health services, such as counseling and crisis intervention to residents.



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: