West Central Juvenile Detention Center

The West Central Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) is a secure holding facility for youth from Auglaize, Clinton, Darke, Mercer, Miami, Preble, Shelby, and Van Wert counties. The center can house up to 44 youth. Read a brochure (PDF) about facility details.


West Central JDC provides youth with all the basic necessities. The residents receive three meals per day. They have structured gym exercise every day, and attend an on-site school Monday through Friday. Youth must participate in group programs such as:

  • Anger management
  • Substance abuse
  • Health and hygiene
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Life choices
  • Various community leaders and motivational speakers.
  • Optional programs such as:
    • Bible study program
    • Sunday morning service


Parents and grandparents can visit on Wednesday and Saturday. Appointments must be made in advance. Call 937-440-3485 and follow the prompts to the control desk to schedule an appointment to visit. The residents may make phone calls at designated times and are provided all the necessary materials for writing letters to family.

STAR Program

The STAR (Start Today Accepting Responsibility) Program is for high-risk youth between ages of 12 and 17. Youth must be referred from the juvenile court to be eligible for the realistic tour of the detention center. At least one parent must attend the program with the youth that has been referred from the court of their county.