Mission & Vision
The mission of the Mahoning County Juvenile Detention Center (MCJDC) is:
  • Provide for the care, protection and development of the youth who are detained
  • Hold youth accountable
  • Protect our youth and staff at all times in a safe, secure and caring environment
Detention Building
The vision of the MCJDC is to support youth and families in building caring and safe communities.


Jurisdiction extends to Mahoning County youth 17 and under. If the delinquent act was committed prior to the age of 18, jurisdiction may be extended to age 21. Youth from outside Mahoning County who are accused of an offense in Mahoning County, runaways, or those under court order, may also be detained in the MCJDC.

The Mahoning County Juvenile Detention Center (MCJDC), located in Youngstown, Ohio, was established in 1979, as a 24-hour, 40-bed coed detention facility. The primary purpose of the MCJDC is to provide a secure and safe environment for youth during the Court hearing process on a delinquency charge or while awaiting placement or commitment to another facility.

Jason Lanzo, Detention Director, oversees the daily operations of the MCJDC. Jason is currently a member of the Ohio Juvenile Detention Directors Association.

Potential employees must complete a background investigation, psychological evaluation, a physical, and a drug screen to be eligible for employment at the MCJDC.
Students placed in Detention will have an arraignment hearing within seventy-two hours upon admission.

Current News and Future Projects

The MCJDC follows the guidelines and requirements set forth by the Ohio Department of Youth Services and the American Correctional Association.

The MCJDC is currently seeking its fourth 3-year Accreditation from the American Correctional Association in September of 2016, and passed their yearly inspection from the Ohio Department of Youth Services in May 2015.

On July 15, 2015 the MCJDC implemented the R.A.I. Assessment, which gives the Detention Center and the Intake Department a releasing authority.

The MCJDC and other facilities assisted the Northeast Ohio Juvenile Detention Professional Development Project, and the Global Issues Resource Center at Cuyahoga Community College, in the development of a training curriculum for Juvenile Corrections Officers. The curriculum attempts to address deficiencies in staff training that can lead to turnover and increased operational costs. For more information on this curriculum, visit:

Statistics   2015 Yearly Totals
  • Gender:
    • 364 Male
    • 125 Female
  • Race:
    •  313 Black
    • 156 White
    • 17 Hispanic
    • 3 Other
  • Average Intake per Month: 41 
  • Average Daily Population: 29.6
  • Average Length of Stay: 7.5 Days
  • Average Age: 15 Years, 6 Months
Housing Information
Each student in Detention has a private room on a unit composed of 10 rooms and a large common space. Students are assigned to a unit based on age, charge(s), physical size, and sex. Two Juvenile Corrections Officers Supervise each unit during the waking hours and one supervises during sleeping hours. 

At times, the MCJDC place students in placement upon their release from the facility. Students may be released to the following placements:
  • Home or foster placement
  • Residential treatment programs
  • Day treatment
  • Group homes
  • Children and youth services (including Department of Youth Services)
  • Transferred to other jurisdictions 
  • Mental health/Mental retardation agencies

Organizations and/or individuals interested in volunteering at the MCJDC should contact Father James Barkett (330-740-2244 ext. 6481) for information. Those interested must submit a volunteer application to the Court.