Once a child is brought into the center, the juvenile is fingerprinted. Afterwards, the child is interviewed by an intake probation officer and given a physical exam. Any medical, psychological, or special needs are incorporated into the juvenile’s residential plan.
Once the intake procedures are complete, each child is searched, showered, and issued a uniform. Each detainee is assigned to a unit according to age, sex, and the nature of his or her crime. All juveniles are assigned to a private room. The detainees are closely monitored and supervised at all times. Detainees are required to complete daily chores, and personal hygiene is a must.
The juveniles receive three nutritious meals and an evening snack each day. The meals are served in the dining area and snacks are served on the unit.
Intake Level - All new admissions assigned into the Fort Bend County Juvenile Detention Center will first be placed on Intake Level. During Intake Level, the juvenile must remain on the unit for the first 24 hours after admission. These residents may receive a visit if their intake falls on a visitation day. They may also receive a phone call if it’s phone call night.
Level I - After the new intake has completed his/her 24-hour time frame without any unacceptable behavior, the resident shall begin to participate in all scheduled programming. The bedtime for a Level I resident shall be 7:30 pm. Privileges for a Level I resident include eating in the dining room, recreation, phone calls, and visits.
Level II - After the resident has completed three consecutive days of earning 70 points or better as a Level I, he/she shall move to Level II. The resident shall participate in all scheduled programming. The bedtime for a Level II resident shall be 8 pm.
Level III - After completing three consecutive days of earning 80 points or better as a Level II, the resident shall move to Level III. The resident shall participate in all scheduled programming. The bedtime for a Level III resident shall be 8:30pm.
Level IV - After a resident has completed 3 consecutive days of earning 90 points or better as a Level III, the resident shall move to Level IV. The resident shall participate in all scheduled programming. The bedtime for a level IV resident shall be 9 pm.
Level V / Honors - After a resident has completed 5 consecutive days of earning 90 points or better as a Level IV, the resident shall move to Level V and may submit a letter for acceptance into the Honors Program. If accepted, the resident shall participate in all scheduled programming. The bedtime for a Level V / Honors resident shall be 10 pm. Male residents may be eligible to reside in the dorm. In addition, Honors residents shall be eligible to receive an hour contact visit with their parent(s) or guardian(s) on Sundays. Honors residents shall be allowed to use the phone on non-visitation days for up to 15 minutes. These residents shall also receive an extra snack and shall be provided Kool-Aid with their lunch and dinner meals.
Parents and/or guardians are permitted to provide their children in detention with the following items:
- 6 pair of white "no-show - short" socks
- 6 pair of white underwear (boxers or briefs)
- 6 white t-shirts
- toothpaste (1)
- shampoo (1) in clear container
- soap with a soap box container
Velcro tennis shoes, as approved by detention staff. Detention residents will be issued a pair of Velcro strap tennis shoes. However, if the parent desires to furnish their child with their own pair of Velcro shoes, this will be allowed provided the shoes contain no shoe laces.
ALL ITEMS MUST BE NEW AND STILL IN THEIR ORIGINAL SEALED CONTAINER - VELCRO TENNIS SHOES ARE THE ONLY EXCEPTION. ITEMS WILL BE INSPECTED BY DETENTION STAFF AND/OR PROBATION OFFICER AND THE CHILD’S NAME WILL BE WRITTEN WITH A PERMANENT MARKER ON ANY PERSONAL ITEMS.
SPECIAL NOTE: DETENTION STAFF WILL MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO SAFEGUARD DETENTION RESIDENT’S PERSONAL ITEMS. HOWEVER, DETENTION WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOST OR STOLEN ITEMS.