Juvenile Hall

 

 

Contact Our Department

Robert Roadifer, Superintendent
1415B Chestnut Street
Susanville, CA 96130
Phone: 530-251-8324
Fax: 530-251-1891
 

 

 

LASSEN COUNTY JUVENILE DETENTION FACILITY INFORMATION GUIDE

The Mission of a Juvenile Correction Officer

A Juvenile Correction Officer's primary responsibility is to the custody, supervision, treatment, and rehabilitation of persons accused of or adjudged responsible for criminal or delinquent conduct.

The Role & Function of a Juvenile Correction Officer

The role and function of the Juvenile Correction Officer is to ensure that those persons entrusted to his/her care are provided with a decent and humane environment, protected from those who would harm them, and prevented from harming themselves or others. To provide services and/or behavior controls that would aid in the rehabilitation of the juvenile’s behavior whereby they may be permitted to return to the community.

Lassen County's Juvenile Detention Facility (JDF) was established by Superior Court Judge Stephen Bradbury and the County of Lassen. The facility is managed and under the control of Superior Court Judge Michele Verderosa, Chief Probation Officer, and Superintendent Robert D. Roadifer.

Visitation

Visits are by appointment only and can be scheduled by calling (530) 251-8324

Visitation Schedule:

Tuesday: 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday: 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Visiting Rules

Any person who, without permission of the Superintendent, communicates with any detained youth, or brings or takes any letter, writing, literature, or reading material to or from the Lassen County Juvenile Detention Facility is guilty of a misdemeanor. (4570 PC)

  • Family members and youths are to talk in a normal voice – whispering is not allowed;
  • Hands are to remain visible at all times;
  • Nothing may be exchanged between the youth and their family;
  • Profanity in any form is not acceptable;
  • Family members or youths that fail to follow staff directions or the rules will be removed from visiting and a report will be submitted to the Superintendent. The youth and family will not be allowed any visiting privileges until the incident has been investigated;
  • Visitors smelling of alcohol, appearing to be under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances will not be allowed to visit with detained youths and a call will be made to law enforcement;
  • Only parents, grandparents or guardians are allowed to visit the youth;
  • No item’s or personal belongings except car keys will be allowed into visiting (example: purses, phones, drinks, etc.);
  • All visitors will treat Juvenile Hall Staff with respect and common courtesy. Any kind of misconduct, the visit will be discontinued and visitor will be removed from the facility;
  • Due to the safety and security of the facility, visitation may be cancelled at any time.

Contraband

No items may be provided to youth in custody without it first being examined and approved by Juvenile Hall Staff. Items which are specifically forbidden include: money, food, drinks, chewing gum, medicines, matches, lighters, and tobacco in any form. Any violation can result in immediate cancellation of the visit and removal of visitors from the hall.

WARNING

Counselors are authorized to use force, including pepper spray, for purposes of defense and control whenever reasonably necessary.

Official Visits: These visits are those made by a youth's attorney, the judge, law enforcement, and other legally constituted officials in the pursuit of their official duties. These visits may occur at any time during the waking hours. Official visits during sleeping hours should only occur in serious emergency situations and with the review and approval of the Superintendent.

Clergy visits: Clergy visits will be scheduled during normal visiting hours or free time. Exceptions may be made for serious life events upon review and approval of the Superintendent.

Special Visits: All Special Visits are approved by Probation and the Superintendent. It takes both parties working together before a Special Visit is approved. Youth leaving the facility for placement will have a visit with family members to include siblings. The Superintendent and Probation will work together to approve family members who may attend the special visit.

Incoming and Outgoing Mail

Mailing address: 107 South Roop Street
Susanville, CA 96130

Telephone Calls

After the initial Booking telephone call, your youth are allowed a minimum of two (2) calls per week. Please contact Securus Technologies at 1-800-844-6591 or online at www.securustech.net to prepare an account. Phone calls are subject to monitoring and recording at anytime and anything said can be used against you in court.

Youth can talk to parents, siblings, grandparents, or family members that live at home with parents. If their parents have had their parental rights terminated from them by the court the youth can call their legal guardian. Youth are not allowed to call friends, partners, boyfriends, or girlfriends. Youth are not allowed to talk to friends, partners, boyfriends, or girlfriends even if they are at the parent’s home or live at the parent’s home at the time the youth makes a phone call. Youth may not call other relatives unless Probation has authorized the contact.

Programs

Programs and services are provided by:

Lassen County Behavioral Health:  Provides Substance Use Disorder group programs as well as one-on-one counseling with the youth at the facility. 

Lassen Family Services: Along with facility staff provide the youth with the following programs:

    Anger management- Teaches alternative ways to deal with anger.

    Life Skills- Teaches youth how to balance a check book, prepare taxes, set a budget, and other simple tasks to be able to live independently.

    Parenting Skills- Youth are taught skills necessary for proper parenting and caring for the needs of a child.

     

Lassen County Behavioral Health: Provides crises and mental health intervention counseling as needed. Provides individual counseling and may refer youth to a Behavioral Health Psychiatrist for a medication assessment.

Religious Services: Provided by a Community Volunteer who is a nondenominational Pastor.

Public Health: Provides services to pregnant youth, including health education to help youth understand the use of contraceptives to help prevent unwanted pregnancies and other medical issues. Flu shots are provided upon request as well as other immunizations.

Art Appreciation: Provided by Community Volunteer who teaches youth to draw and paint.

Lassen Career Network: Provides employment related services to youth including resume writing, completing job applications, interview training and skills.

Lassen County Juvenile Hall: Staff members may provide the following programs:

  • Gardening Program- Facility staff and volunteers help teach youth how to grow and tend to plants.  Youth are able to eat produce grown with staff supervision and cook simple recipes.
  • Nutrition- This goes hand-in-hand with the Gardening Program.  Once the garden is harvested, the staff teaches the youth how to prepare the items to be cooked.  Preparation includes cleaning and cutting the items into serving portions. Youth are then shown how to season an cook the items.
  • Group Communications- Facility Staff lead the youth in a group setting and bring up a topic of discussion that is controlled and directed by staff.  This helps the youth build on their reasoning skills as well as learn to accept the opinions of others.
  • Journal Program- The Facility provides the youth with a journal to complete daily entries and the opportunity to select staff members to be their journal buddy.  By doing this, it allows the youth to write down what is troubling them and the staff journal buddy can respond with helpful advice.
  • Victim Awareness- Conducted by facility staff, focusing on alterning the youth's thinking and beliefs about the human effects of criminal behavior and assuming responsibility for their behavior.  Classes are designed to increase awareness on the emotional, psychological, and financial burdens their victims have suffered. Furthermore, this increases awareness regarding the impact of the crime and focus to alter thinking and beliefs about consequences to move from thinking about crime indifferently to engaging feelings about and the impact of crime.
  • Music Appreciation- Youth are assigned an MP3 player with appropriate music from Facility Staff.  After listening to the selections, youth write an essay describing what they did or did not appreciate.

Currently, Lassen County has contracts with Plumas and Modoc Counties to detain youth from their jurisdictions.  The current rate is $110.00 per day for youth pending disposition and $85.00 a day for a youth committed to the facility.

Work in Progress

Lassen County Probation and the Lassen County Behavioral Health Department are exploring options of a Regional Treatment Facility.  The Program would be for youth who are currently on probation and need mental health and drug and alcohol services in a more structured type of program.  Currently, options regarding funding and staffing the facility are being looked into.

The Juvenile Detention facility is currently researching the possibility of opening a Juvenile Camp.  The camp program would be focused on education and treatment, either in the facility or in the community by utilizing community and facility services.

The Lassen County Juvenile Detention Facility follows the guidelines set up in the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA). For information about PREA please contact this facility or the PREA Resource Center at http://www.prearesourcecenter.org.

The information below is provided to youth that are of age to vote or wish to sign up for Selective Service.

On Probation? Off Parole? Off Any Other Community Supervision?

You have the right to vote.

There is a lot of confusion in California about the impact of a criminal conviction on voting rights. We have created this website to set the record straight. In California, some criminal convictions have no impact on your voting rights at all. Other kinds of convictions may temporarily take away your right to vote. The only time you are not eligible to vote is when you have: 1) a felony conviction and you are still in state prison or serving your sentence in county jail under Realignment; or 2) when you are on parole, on post-release community supervision, or on mandatory supervision. If you are on probation or if you have completed your parole, post-release community supervision, or mandatory supervision you CAN vote!

For more information about your right to vote go on line at:
http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/sharing-ideas/voting-rights-californians.htm

Selective Service

If you are a man ages 18 through 25 and living in the U.S., then you must register with Selective Service. It’s the law. According to law, a man must register with Selective Service within 30 days of his 18th birthday. Selective Service will accept late registrations but not after a man has reached age 26. You may be denied benefits or a job if you have not registered. You can register at any U.S. Post Office and do not need a social security number. When you do obtain a social security number, let Selective Service know. Provide a copy of your new social security number card; being sure to include your complete name, date of birth, Selective Service registration number, and current mailing address; and mail to the Selective Service System, P.O. Box 94636, Palatine, IL 60094-4636.

For more information about the Selective Service go on line at:
http://www.sss.gov/default.htm