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Central Iowa Juvenile Detention Center

2317 Rick Collins Way
Eldora, IA 50627
(641) 858-3852



CIJDC was established in 1993 with Story, Webster, Hardin, Boone, Calhoun and Hamilton counties adopting a 28E agreement. In February 1994 a five bed sight was opened on the grounds of the State Training School in Eldora. Twenty years later, CIJDC has grown drastically, adding 18 member counties and 19 affiliate counties, along with constructing a state-of-the art facility. CIJDC is a Coed facility located in Eldora, IA. We accept juveniles from ALL counties and will hold out-of-state and adult wavied juveniles.

CIJDC offers the lowest rates for detention in Iowa. With the completion of our expansion, CIJDC is offering memebership/affiliation for a limited time. We encourage any county official to contact us immediately if you have interest in joining our agency. For more information on membership please click here.


Green = Member Counties
Yellow = Affiliate Counties



CIJDC has established itself as one of the most dynamic detention centers in the state. Our staff prides themselves on taking on challenging youth and ensuring they always have a safe environment to learn, develop and succeed through the daily program. With the new facility’s fluid design and high tech control systems, CIJDC is able to run multiple programming areas concurrently, maximizing the time youth are engaged in activities throughout the day.

CIJDC urges any county who is interested in membership to contact the center to see what offers are eligible to your county

Admission Criteria and Population Control

The Juvenile Detention Center does not control admissions or releases. Admissions are accepted only on the authority of the Juvenile Court and/or the arresting law enforcement agency. The Iowa Juvenile Justice Code (chapter 232) restricts placement in secure detention to those youth who are alleged to be delinquent and who meet one or more of the following criteria:

a. The youth is being held under a warrant from another jurisdiction.
b. The youth is an escapee from a juvenile correctional institution.
c. The youth has violated conditions of release.
d. There is probable cause to believe the youth has committed a delinquent act and
1. There is substantial probability the youth will run away or not appear for Court.
2. There is a serious risk that the youth will commit bodily harm to self or others.
3. There is a serious risk that the youth will commit serious property damage.

Detention Services Offered Include:
- Ansell Casey Life Skills Assessments with results emailed to JCO/ DHS Worker available upon request
- Urine Analysis for alcohol and drugs upon request. Onsite Urine Analysis Testing is available for immediate preliminary results.
- Fingerprinting of juveniles when ordered by a Judge
- Community Service
- Nurse on staff for physicals & medical screening
- Individualized Programs for juveniles with special needs
- Off-site Psychological, Educational, and Substance Abuse Testing
- Spanish interpreting