Steve Calabrese, Division Director
Wittenberg Hall is a secure holding facility for the temporary detention of juvenile offenders. N.R.S. 62B.210 mandates that the facility be "constructed and conducted as nearly like a home as possible." Within this framework, our mission is twofold:
- Protecting the community by securely housing juveniles that may be or have been involved in activities injurious to the public;
- Providing for the safe, secure, and healthy detention of juveniles detained within the facility.
- To provide for the juvenile's basic needs including shelter, food, clothing, and medical care.
- To protect the rights of juveniles during residence.
- To provide for the educational, physical, emotional, and social needs of detained juveniles.
- To administer programs, rules, discipline, and controls in a fair and consistent manner.
- To nurture and encourage acceptable behavior.
While safety and security concerns are foremost responsibilities, we strive to provide meaningful programming to meet the needs of juveniles in custody. Youth are involved in daily housekeeping programs, approved leisure time activities and recreational activities. Some recreational activities require a signed Medical Waiver.
Wittenberg Hall provides limited contractual services to the Youth Parole Bureau, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services, and the U.S. Marshal's Office. Contract placements are only accepted when design capacity allows. Hold for other agencies and other Nevada Counties in emergency situations are provided on an individual basis only with approval from the Detention Manager, Division Director, or Director of Juvenile Services.
NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY: Juveniles are assured equal opportunity to participate in all programs and work assignments without discrimination based on race, national origin, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or physical handicap. A healthy and orderly physical environment is provided for all. Juveniles are assured a safe and caring environment. Staff protects juveniles from abuse or exploitation by peers or others. Staff performs all supervision. Juveniles are provided daily exercise, indoor and/or outdoor. Juveniles have the right to seek redress through the Courts for illegal conditions or loss of rights protected by constitutional or common law. Juveniles may pursue a grievance if they feel their rights have been violated.
Juveniles have access to legal representation from either a private attorney or through the Public Defender’s Office. Juveniles may access their public defender at any time using the facilities collect call system. All attorney calls are department paid calls. Visits or contacts between juveniles and their legal representatives are confidential.