Frequently Asked Questions

My child was arrested last night and taken to the detention facility. What happens next?

  • Your child will have a preliminary hearing in front of a Magistrate on the next business day. The outcome of that hearing determines whether your child will be released or remain in custody. Preliminary hearings usually start at 9:30 a.m. each business day.

What is a status offense?

  • A status offense is a violation of law when committed by a juvenile but would not be a violation if committed by an adult. Examples of status offenses include truancy and curfew violations.

May I bring my son / daughter to the facility for a tour?

  • No, tours are not conducted and only youth that are adjudicated or awaiting adjudications are held in the facility.

How can I obtain copies of school records?

  • Education records for youth detained in the Detention Center can be obtained from the Columbus Public Schools, Special Education Department. The contact number is 365-5225. School records are not kept at the Detention Center once the youth has been released.

What if child has pre-arranged appointment for medical / dental care?

  • Parents and / or Guardians need to provide information to medical department, at which time medical staff will verify, the appointment. Once verification has been received, security manager for JDF will make arrangements for youth to be transported to and from the appointment.

What are the visitation dates and times?

  • The Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center has visitation available through Appointment Only.
    Each visitation if 30 minutes in length.  The Center has two (2) different schedule options for visitation throughout the week.
Please remember to bring a picture ID.

No Walk-ins will be permitted.  All visits are pre-scheduled.

Only parents/legal guardians will allowed to schedule.

No Shorts or Tank Tops (you will be turned away).

Do not bring anything with you for the youth (ie. money, food, clothes)
as they are not permitted.
 Please call (614)-525-4292 or (614)-525-4490 to find out which option your child falls under.


Visitation days will be Wednesday and Saturday OR Sunday

 Wednesday Appointment Times
*Call Monday 8am-5pm and
Tuesday 8am-12 noon

2:30 - 3:00 pm 6:30 – 7:00 pm
3:15 – 3:45 pm 7:15 – 7:45 pm
4:00 – 4:30 pm 8:00 – 8:30 pm
4:45 – 5:15 pm
 Saturday OR Sunday Appointment Times
*Call Thursday 8am – 5pm and
Friday 8am – 12 noon.

9:00 – 9:30 am 2:30 – 3:00 pm
9:45 – 10:15 am 3:15 – 3:45 pm
10:30 – 11:00 am 4:00 – 4:30 pm


Visitation day will be Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday

Appointment times for all three (3) days are the same.
6:00 – 6:30 pm
6:45 – 7:15 pm
7:30 – 8:00 pm
8:15 – 8:45 pm
* Call Monday 8am-5pm for Tuesday visit
* Call Wednesday 8am-5pm for Thursday Visit
* Call Friday 8am-5pm for Sunday Visit
Visitation is held at the
Franklin County Juvenile Detention Facility
399 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Can I bring food or money to my child?
  • No. All meals are provided and youth are not permitted to have or receive money while in the facility.

Can my child receive mail?

  • Yes, youth can receive mail. All mail must go through United Postal Service and cannot be delivered by hand or dropped off at the facility. All mail addressed to a youth who has been transferred or released will be forwarded. If no forwarding address is available, the mail shall be returned to sender. If mail is returned from the forwarding address, or there is no sender / addressee, the mail shall be discarded.

    Mail should be sent to:
    Franklin County Juvenile Detention Facility
    399 South Front Street Columbus, Ohio 43215

  • Mail is not read but will be screened for contraband items (pictures, photos, money, food, gang or drug symbols are prohibited). If you have questions about what is acceptable, contact the Administrative Office at 614-525-4490.

Can a juvenile turn himself or herself in if a warrant has been issued?

  • Yes, if it is normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) they can come to the lobby of 399 South Front Street and ask for the Prosecutor’s office.
  • If it is after business hours or on a weekend come to the lobby of 399 South Front Street and use the lobby phone. Call extension 4168 and a staff will assist you.

Who should I contact if I have a complaint?

  • During normal business hours, Monday through Friday 8am-5pm, contact the Superintendent’s Office at 614-525-4291. After business hours, contact Receiving and Release Supervisor on duty at 614-525-4350.

Will youth be allowed to make phone calls?

  • Upon admission, youth are permitted to make one phone call in order to contact their parent/guardian.
  • Additional phone calls are determined by the youth's behavioral level according to the facility's level system. 
  • Bronze level youth can make a 10-minute phone call to their legal guardian on Monday and Sunday.  
  • Silver level youth can make a 15-minute phone call to their legal guardian on Tuesday and Sunday. 
  • Gold level youth can make 20-minute phone calls to their legal guardian on Wednesday and Friday.

How can my child receive a visit from our Clergy?

  • Yes.  Youth can fill out a conference slip to speak with the facility Chaplain.  The Chaplain will facilitate the visit.  Youth can also give clergy information to Receiving and Release staff during the admission process. 

Is my child allowed to attend a funeral or viewing regarding a family member? 

  • Yes.  With the Judge's permission, the youth may attend a private viewing prior to the time services start.
How do I determine my child’s next court date?
  • Contact the Franklin County Clerk of Courts at 614-525-4411 during normal business hours, 8:00-5:00pm.  After hours, you may contact Receiving and Release at 614-525-4168.