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Juvenile Detention Center

Dave Lunzman - Brown County Sheriff
Jonathan Lemke – Brown County Chief Deputy Sheriff
Rachel Wilson – JDC Administrative Sergeant
Troy Knebel – JDC Sergeant
Sam Mounga – Home Detention Sergeant
    Brown County Juvenile Detention Center
    22 Court St Suite 1
    Aberdeen, SD  57401

  • Phone: (605) 626-7102
  • Fax: (605) 626-4015
  • Hours of Operation: 24 hours/7 days a week
  • Email


The Brown County Juvenile Detention Center was established to provide secure and staff secure detention for juvenile(s) who are accused, adjudicated, given a disposition, and/or awaiting transfer to another facility.

The Brown County Juvenile Detention Center contains 9 secure beds, an educational classroom and 3 recreation areas.  The facility was designed for youth ages 10 through 17.

The Brown County Juvenile Detention Center employs 12 full-time employees and 3 part-time staff members.  Two kitchen staffers coordinate meals for the Brown County JDC and Jail facilities. A registered nurse provides essential medical care and oversees the administration of medication for the Brown County Jail and JDC. The Aberdeen Public School District supplies a full-time teacher, by contract, to provide educational services. Students attend classes from 8:30 AM to 3: 25 PM, Monday through Friday, during the school year. During the evening hours and on weekends, youth attend recreational activities.

Alternative Programs:

  • Home Detention
    • The Home Detention Program is a non-residential alternative to secure detention for youth ages 10 through 17 from Brown County. Placement in this program must be authorized by a judge and approved by Home Detention Officers. The mission of this program is to provide participants with an opportunity to remain at home and attend school and/or work under the supervision of their parents and a Home Detention Officer, as opposed to remaining in secure detention.

    • A juvenile is placed on this program under strict guidelines to help them become more accountable for their decisions and attitude.

    • Home Detention has two main functions:

      • To assist parents and probation in closely supervising a child who has demonstrated problems in school, home and/or with the law.
      • Used as a less restrictive alternative to secure detention.
    • Home Detention Page

Parent/Guardian Information:

  • Phone Calls:
    • Upon admission to JDC all juveniles are issued a phone tablet and a set of earbuds. They are allowed 5 requests per day to request funds for their account. Monies can be placed on https://reliancetelephone.com.  Pricing information is available on the Reliance site.
    • Brown County is not responsible for Funds placed directly in the inmate wallet on the Reliance Site.

    • All phone/tablet time is a privilege and is based on the juvenile’s behavior. If a juvenile has had any behavioral issues their phone privileges can be revoked for a period of time at the discretion of staff.  These privileges can be earned back.

    • All phone calls and texting are monitored 24/7 and must stay within the appropriate content and language or the call/texts will be terminated and/or blocked permanently.

    • Breakage of the phone tablet can result in the juvenile blacklisted from another phone until the damaged phone is paid in full directly to Reliance or possibly indefinitely. Earbud replacement is available for a fee.

    • The phone tablets contain a complete State and Federal Law library, request for medical needs and SD PREA information.

  • Phone availability:
    • Phone/tablets are only available for calls/text:
    • School Session M-F 1530-2230. Weekends 0800-2230.
    • Summer hours: 0800-2230 every day.
  • Attorney Visitation:
    • Attorneys may visit juvenile clients at a reasonable time in private. Visits must be pre-arranged and not scheduled during mealtimes.
    • These visits are conducted in the Attorney visitation room.
  • Family Visitation:
    • First option, if funds are available on the issued phone tablet, the guardian may call JDC at least 24 hours in advance and schedule a face-time video block for up to 30 minutes with your juvenile. Facetiming is only allowed with immediate family/guardians and is only available if the phone account is current and funds are available.
    • Second option, if the juvenile has been in custody for 30 days or more, JDC will allow up to a 30-minute contact visit with immediate family/guardian members only. This visit needs to be scheduled at least 5 days in advance and approval is based on availability through a JDC Sergeant or staff.
    • Third option, if the juvenile is leaving for treatment or other placement and will be gone for longer than 28 days you can schedule a contact visit through JDC for a maximum of 30 minutes. This is upon availability and may not always be available. Please schedule when the departure date is known.

​​​​​​​All visits are subject to pre-approval, contact visits are not always available.

No contraband or phones allowed during visitation.

No items can be given to the juvenile at any time.

BCJDC reserves the right to cancel any visits or usage of phone/tablet at any time.

  • ​​​​​​​Mail:
    • ​​​​​​​Juveniles are allowed to send one letter per weekday free of charge to family members or friends.
    • All incoming mail must come through the USPS. 
    • Incoming USPS mail from the general public is not permitted to be hand delivered.
    • All mail in or out will be searched and read for appropriate content and for contraband.
    • Exclusions are legal mail which is searched in front of the juvenile but not read.
    • If a No Contact is in place, the mail will not be allowed to or from the juvenile.
    • Additional stamps can be brought in for the juvenile’s usage and will be stored with their property, secured, and locked.
    • Incoming legal mail will only be opened and inspected for contraband in the presence of the juvenile it pertains to.
  • Clothing and Personal Property:
    • ​​​​​​​All clothing and personal property upon admission will be stored and secured while in custody of JDC.
    • Anything that is not accepted by JDC Staff or considered contraband will be requested to be picked up by a parent/guardian or disposed of.
    • Personal clothing and items are not allowed while in custody.
    • If the juvenile is to be detained, a New/Sealed package of ankle socks, a New/Sealed package of underwear, and a New/Sealed Non-Wire Sports bra may be brought in for them while detained.
    • Brown County is not responsible for any damage or missing clothing sent to laundry.​​​​​​​
    • Uniforms are issued to the juveniles along with sandals. Any toiletries or commissary items can be purchased though their phone tablet and monies can be placed onto their commissary account through https://deposits.jailatm.com.
      • ​​​​​​​Funds placed on a Commissary account and remains on the commissary account can be refunded when released on a debit card if the funds are over $1.00.
      • If the juvenile is leaving for treatment, please call and make arrangements prior to departure with JDC due to limited storage space.
  • Medications/Medical Care
    • ​​​​​​​Brown County employs a full time Registered Nurse and every juvenile that is admitted into JDC for more than 5 days will be seen by the nurse for a Health Assessment.
    • Any incoming prescriptions must be in a prescription bottle with juvenile’s correct name, current to date, and contain the correct medication. If the prescription is to be taken daily and has not been taken accordingly, the script will not be administered and potentially destroyed. Please do not bring in any Over-the-Counter medications. The Brown County Nurses approval is required for any non-prescription medications to be administered. Medical consent is required from a parent/guardian before any medications or medical care can be given to a juvenile.
    • This is with the exception of Medical Emergencies.

Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA):

PREA Policy:​​​​​​​

Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

In September of 2003, President Bush signed the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).

PREA seeks to insure that people in the custody of US correctional agencies are protected from sexual assault, sexual harassment, "consensual sex" with employees, and inmate to inmate sexual assault. This Act applies nationally to all Federal, State, and local institutions including prisons, jails, community corrections, and holding facilities whether public or private, juvenile or adult, and male or female. Additionally, PREA applies to all inmates, detainees, and staff, including volunteers, contact employees, etc.

Sexual assaults affect security, staff safety, and pose a long-term risk to inmates and staff inside corrections, and to the public when victimized inmates are released into the community. Victimized inmates also pose an increased health risk to the community when released into the community due to higher risk of sexually transmitted disease in prisons.

After the law was passed, the South Dakota Department of Corrections (DOC) started a review of state policies and procedures. South Dakota already had a state law on the books addressing 'Sexual Acts between Employees and Detainees' in addition to restrictions in DOC's Code of Ethics, but still needed a policy to specifically address inmate actions. On May 31st, 2006, Secretary of Corrections, Tim Reisch signed into policy 'Prevention of Offender Sexual Assault / Rape.