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Frequently Asked Questions



Where is the Youth Services Center Located?

  • We have recently moved into our new building:
  • The physical location of both the business office and the detention facility is the second right hand turn after the intersection of Nebr. Highway 2 and South 14th Street. Drive past Lincoln Mattress Company and make a second right hand turn. We are located in the Youth Services Center building.

What is the Youth Services Center?

  • We are the youth services facility for Lancaster County.
  • We have both a secure detention facility and a staff secure facility. Youth are classified according to offenses. The more serious offenders are held in the secure detention.

My child does not want to do what I tell him/her to do. How can I put my child in the Youth Services Center?

  • The only way a youth is placed in the Youth Services Center is for a law violation authroized by an officer of the court including a law enforcement officer, judge, or probation officer.

My son/daughter continually runs away. Can I have him/her locked up in the Youth Services Center for a while?

  • A youth must be accused of a Law Violation for placement. We abide by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Detention Prevention act.

Am I allowed to visit my child?

  • Yes, parents are encouraged to visit their children. The visitation schedule is according to housing assignments, so it is best to call the Youth Services Center at 441-7090 to inquire.

Does my child attend school while detained at the Youth Services Center?

  • Yes! There is an Educational Program by Lincoln Public Schools that functions in the Youth Services Center year round. There currently are full-time certified teachers, paraeducators, and an Educational Coordinator who work on site.

My child needs to pay a fine to get out of the Youth Services Center. Where do I go if I want to pay this?

  • Come through the front entrance into the lobby, turn to your left. There is an intercom button by the door that you will need to push. A staff member will answer your request and help you. This can be done at anytime, but it is best to come during regular business hours.

My child has a bond and I want to pay it. What do I do?

  • Come through the front entrance into the lobby, turn to your left. There is an intercom button by the door that you will need to push. A staff member will answer your request and help you. This can be done at anytime, but it is best to come during regular business hours.

May I bring clothes in for my child to wear?

  • No, the Youth Services Center furnishes everything your child needs in the way of clothing and shoes.
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