Pulaski County Juvenile Detention Center
Rodney Shepherd

3001 W. Roosevelt
Little Rock, AR 72204
Phone: (501) 340-6691

Pulaski County Juvenile Detention Center

Parent/Guardian Information

Juvenile Detention Resident Handbook

To have a child detained in a detention center is never easy for the parents/guardian or the juvenile. Our staff at the Pulaski County Juvenile Detention Center is here to assist in any way that we can.  Our phone number is: 501-340-6697.  Because the legal privacy of a juvenile is a legal issue, we might be limited as to what information we can release over the phone.

Each resident detained in our facility has been ordered held by one of the Pulaski County Circuit Courts.  Their phone number is 501-340-6700.  The juvenile detention center does not make any decisions related when their court date / time is or when the resident might be released from custody.  Court Officers with the Pulaski County Circuit Court can legally talk with you about these questions.

Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., all residents attend Little Rock School District classes here at our facility.  The staff assigned to work with your child will be contacting the current or previous school to discuss their learning potential.  The Little Rock School District – Office of the Principal can be reached at 501-340-6609.

Resident are showered at least once daily – 7 days a week.  They are provided clean school uniforms, sleepwear and clean bedding on a regular schedule.  Each resident receives three (3) meals per day, which have been approved for nutritional value through the National School Lunch Program.  Additionally, our center provides snacks after school and during night-time showers.  This snacks include: fresh fruit, fruit juices, granola bars, peanut butter crackers, cheese and crackers and other health conscious snacks.

What can the resident receive from their parents/guardians?

Clothing items – NEW! Must be in their original packaging. Maximum of THREE (3) of EACH or less.

  • All items must be WHITE.
  • T-Shirts (No tank tops )
  • Socks – White only – Ok for socks to have gray on the bottoms.
  • Panties / Boxer-Briefs / Briefs – NO thongs or regular boxers
  • Bras – NO under-wire
  • Winter – Cold weather months – Basic thermal tops & bottoms are permitted

Toiletries are provided by the juvenile detention center.  Residents may also receive from family – the following new unopened items:

  • Toothpaste – toothbrush – bar soap – deodorant
  • Shampoo and conditioner (preferred small container – like travel size)
  • Plastic comb and plastic bristle brushes. Length no longer than palm of a hand
  • Lotion – travel size / Hair grease (regular or small size)

Medications – The Pulaski County Juvenile Detention Center contracts with Turn Key Health Services to provide 24 hour – 7 day a week medical care to our residents. Upon the resident’s medical intake process, your child will be asked about the state of their health, both physically and mentally.  The resident will be asked by our medical provider if they are currently, or have recently, been prescribed medications.  If there is a current prescription at a local pharmacy, our medical provider will be notified to determine if the medication is currently required.  PLEASE NOTE: The Federal Health Insurance Portability Act (HIPPA) prohibits our juvenile detention staff from discussing medications and or specific medical conditions. As a parent or legal guardian, you may contact our Medical Department at 501-340-6604 to explain your child’s current medical or mental health issues.  Our medical team is here to help.

Counselor – The Pulaski County Juvenile Detention Center has a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) on staff to provide a mental health screening and identify any immediately concerning issues.  Additionally, as part of Turn Key Health Services’ professionals, we have a board certified, medically trained psychiatrist to assist with mental health and medical concerns.  If you have any pressing concerns about the mental state of your child, please contact our Medical Department at 501-340-6604.

Phone calls: All residents are provided “free” outgoing phone calls, as scheduled by their Housing Unit Officers.  These calls are usually scheduled in the early evening, after school and outside activities. The residents cannot receive calls from outside the facility.

Haircuts: Residents will only be permitted to receive a haircut in one of these two (2) ways:

  • Parent /guardian hires a barber to come with the parent on a pre-scheduled visitation.
  • or Parent / guardian signs a Pulaski County Juvenile Detention Center Resident Haircut Authorization Form and paying a pre-determined fee, permits their child to receive a haircut from a licensed barber. Pulaski County will notreceive any fees from the haircut.

Mail: Residents will be allowed to write letters to family and friends, postage paid by our Center. Family and friends may write letters – no postcards – no packages – no graffiti – no photos.  Please address your letter as follows:

Pulaski County Juvenile Detention Center
Child’s First and Last Name
3001 W. Roosevelt Rd
Little Rock, AR 72204

Visitation: Appointments are REQUIRED prior to visiting. This is for all visits. Parents / Stepparents / Grandparents may call: 501-340-6697 to book an appointment time. DO NOT BRING PURSES, CELLPHONES or PACKAGES inside the facility. Visitors must have a government issued identification to visit.

ANY disrespectful conduct will cause you to be evicted from the facility and or arrested.

  • Monday – Friday
  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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  • Saturday – Sunday
  • 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • For Pulaski County Government Holidays, we will use the Saturday/Sunday hours.
    Visits may be for up to one (1) hour.

The Pulaski County Juvenile Detention Center

Prison Rape elimination Act of 2003

As defined by the PREA Resource Center:

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003 is a Federal law established to address the elimination and prevention of sexual assault and rape in correctional systems. PREA applies to all federal, state, and local prisons, jails, police lockups, private facilities, and community settings such as residential facilities.

For more information on PREA, visit https://www.prearesourcecenter.org/

The Pulaski County Juvenile Detention Center has Zero Tolerance for sexual harassment/sexual assault. Our staff has received training on PREA from the PREA Resource Center hosted by the National Institute of Corrections. We strive daily to ensure the safety of each and every resident within our care. Their well being is our number one concern.

If for any reason as a parent, guardian, extended family member or a friend suspects or otherwise believes sexual harassment/sexual assault has or is occurring within the Pulaski County Juvenile detention Center, please report it immediately!

To report an incident or suspected incident, call any of the following numbers:


Director of Juvenile Detention

(501) 340-6691

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office CrimeStoppers Tipine

(501) 340-8477

Arkansas State Police, Crimes Against Children Division

1 (800) 482-5964

National Sexual Assault Hotline
1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

 Clark Center for Safe and Healthy Children Family Treatment
AR Children’s Hospital

“Our mission is not to judge, rather we are to provide a safe and secure environment for all of our residents.”