Juvenile Detention Center

Juvenile Detention Center
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Service alert - COVID-19

COVID screening is required for visitors and guests, and masks are required.  Additional COVID precautions continue in the congregate care setting. Video visits with parents and professionals continue to be available for residents. 

Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) staff who enter the facility on a regular basis are no longer required to complete COVID screening. COVID vaccinations were offered to all staff and residents. Zoom Court continues to be offered, with supervision and support for residents at court hearings inside of the JDC. Saint Paul Public Schools teachers have returned to in-person instruction.

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The Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Center is a secure 24-hour detention facility for juvenile male and female offenders up to the age of 18 who have been arrested and are waiting for an initial hearing, trial, court disposition or placement.

The facility has a capacity of 44 beds with an approximate length of stay of eight days. There are five living units (called Pods), which have individual rooms for residents. A Special Housing Unit has an additional four rooms.

Each year the Juvenile Detention Center temporarily houses approximately 1,000 juveniles admitted from surrounding counties and law enforcement departments. Residents are provided with basic needs and assurance of their legal rights.

The mission of the Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Center is to help protect the community and improve the lives of our residents by treating them with dignity and respect while providing quality programs within a culturally sensitive, safe, secure and structured environment.


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