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Facility Overview


The Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center is a residential facility for juveniles. The Center is owned and operated by the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center Commission for the counties of Augusta, Rockbridge, and Rockingham, and the cities of Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton, and Waynesboro. Juveniles are detained from other Virginia jurisdictions on a space-available basis.
The Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center, by the Code of Virginia, operates under the supervision of the Director of the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Virginia Department of Education, and by standards prescribed by the Board of Juvenile Justice and Department of Education and shall comply with all applicable laws and regulations. The governing body of the juvenile center, the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center Commission, consists of one representative from each participating jurisdiction.
The Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center serves annually 1400 children, both males and females, with an approximate average daily population of 35. The children’s ages range from 10 – 17. All children, during their detention, are considered wards of the state and receive all services associated thereto.
The policies and procedures contained herein are for the purpose of ensuring that the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center operates at a level above the minimum standards set for secure juvenile facilities in the Commonwealth of Virginia.