Juvenile Detention Center

Juvenile Detention CenterResponsibilities

The Cascade County Juvenile Detention Center is a 24-bed, long-term facility that provides a safe, secure environment for criminally charged youth, ages 10 to 18 years old. Detention services are primarily provided to the North Central Region: 

  • Blaine
  • Broadwater
  • Cascade
  • Chouteau
  • Glacier
  • Hill
  • Lewis and Clark
  • Liberty Counties
  • Phillips
  • Pondera
  • Teton
  • Toole

The Center also provides detention services to Counties outside the region, as well as the Department of Corrections, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the U.S. Marshalls. 


While in detention the youth receive a variety of services including: year round full day school and therapeutic and recreational services to include: 

  • AA
  • Art and Pet Therapy
  • Bible Study and Church
  • Psychoeducational Groups
  • Game Night
  • Mentoring
  • Nutrition Education/Consumer Science
  • Team Building and Adventure Groups
  • Physical Therapy (PT)/Weight Training
  • Youth Gardening
  • Native American Programming 
  • Sweats and Smudging
  • Urinalysis and Breath Analysis Testing
  • Outdoor Survival
  • Life Skills
  • Tutoring
  • HiSet Testing (Currently have 93 graduates)
  • Year Round School grades 5-12. Educational Services are provided in collaboration with the Great Falls Public School District (GFPS) in compliance with State OPI Standards. GFPS Teacher Jake Jarrett also works with the youth's home District to ensure continuation of educational curriculum so that the youth is prepared to return to school upon discharge. For more information on the education program contact jake_jarrett@gfps.k12.mt.us

Services provided include transportation to and from placements, court and upon arrest and discharge. Electronic monitoring is provided for youth ordered by the Court to house arrest. 

The Center's goal is to enhance the ability of youth to achieve success and become productive members of society.


To provide for the care, welfare, safety, and security of detention youth. We accomplish our mission by constantly striving for the highest level of quality care possible.

Administrator & Director of Educational Services--Shanna Bulik-Chism/MS, CJ