Ohio Juvenile Detention Director's Association

While here, staff provide youth with certain tools they need to be successful in society.  It will be up to them to use those tools when they get released, but the staff at MCJDC feels it is our responsibility to ensure that the youth do not leave this facility without skills or knowledge to be successful in the community.  Their toolbox will be full, but it is up to the youth to open it. 

  We are extremely proud of our well trained staff and the fact that we are one of six juvenile detention centers in the State of Oho that is accredited by the American Correctional Association.  By pursuing this voluntary accreditation, we leave no doubt that our dedication to serving the children and families of Medina is absolute.   We strive to promote positive change in every life we touch. 

I hope this information will enlighten and broaden your knowledge about our facility.  If you have any questions or would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact me at (330) 764-8408, ext. 224 or at npeteya@medinaco.org   


Nancy J. Peteya
Detention Superintendent    

Our Philosophy

The Medina County Juvenile Detention Center provides both pre trial and short-term commitments for detention.  Care must be provided in a non-judgmental manner equal to all, regardless of Court status (i.e., accused, adjudicated, misdemeanor or felony).

It is our belief that structures and expectations are not viewed in a punitive nature, provided that structure and expectations are made clear and precise and are enforced in a manner that is both fair but firm and equal to all.

We, therefore, view our role as:  (1) a time delay, so that the Court might address the allegations against the child and identify the youth’s individualized needs; and (2) as a motivational tool for those who will attempt to address the variables responsible for creating conflict in the youths’ life.

We are committed to:

~Creating a humane environment that eliminates all barriers created because of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, color and creed.

~Provide for juveniles' basic needs such as shelter, food, clothing, and medical care.

~Prevent the abridgment of juveniles' legal rights during detainment at the center.

~Provide for the physical, emotional, mental, religious, educational, and social needs of juveniles during detainment.

~House juveniles in a safe and humane environment maintaining the level of security necessary to prevent escape and to assure that the juveniles live free of fear of assault or intimidation by staff or other juveniles.

Organizational Chart
Detention Demographics

350youth detained for 7,720 days of detention
21  Average daily population
22.1      Average length of stay
71%     Male population
29%     Female population

408       youth detained for 6,695 days of detention
20.1     Average daily population
16.4      Average length of stay
75%     Male population
25%     Female population

206      youth detained for 3,517 days of detention
16.8      Average daily population
14.6     Average length of stay
72%    Male population
28%    Female population

* based on first six months of 2005

1% Other
15.3Average Age
15.6Average Age
16.0Average Age
Detention Programming


Personal visits are limited to parent, legal guardians, grandparents, attorney, ministers or clergy. Visitation periods are 60 minutes in duration on the following days of the week:

         Tuesdays          Wednesdays          Saturdays          Sundays


Large Muscle
The detention center provides exercise programs to all residents
for a minimum of one hour of large muscle exercise daily, with an
additional hour of energetic physical exercise on weekends and
holidays. All program activities are consistent with the needs and
preferences of the residents in an effort to alleviate idleness and
boredom and provide positive reinforcement.

Passive Recreation
Residents have access to leisure time during the day that allows time to interact with each other with a minimal amount of restrictions. Typical activities include board and card games, etc.


In efforts to promote reinforcement of positive conduct, detention youth may earn points through good behavior. These points can be used to acquire items such as chips, candy, extra phone calls, greeting card, etc., from the detention commissary program. Commissary occurs twice weekly.


A program designed to provide youth the opportunity to assist in maintaining the cleanliness of the detention center. Youth are not required to participate and is voluntary. Residents are compensated, by receiving additional phones call and visitation privileges.

Social Services

The Social Services program makes available to detention youth a wide range of services to assist to the adjustment to detention. Emphasis will be placed on identifying, obtaining or continuing services for the youth while in detention. Services may include individual and family counseling, mental health/suicidal crisis intervention, family planning, parent education, and substance abuse issues. The Case Manager/LSW is responsible for the counseling throughout the detention process.

Volunteer Services

Religious Study Group

A non-denominational religious program provided through Absolute Truth Ministries. An informal volunteer Bible Study program that provides the opportunity for discussions about life experiences and how scriptures applies to help make wise choices for the future.

Library Services

The Medina County District Library provides professional librarian
services to the youth. Services may include material selection,
organization, and collection development with book talks to youth.

Girl Scouts of America

The Girl Scouts of the Western Reserve, Inc., provide gender specific
programming to our female residents on a bi-weekly basis.  The Positive
Solutions program provides troubled girls with the opportunity to discuss
and explore some of the issues they are facing and to develop solid
decision-making skills. Girls are exposed to group leaders who serve as
a positive role model and encourage healthy choices. 

Project LEARN

Project LEARN is a organization providing free, confidential, one-on-one tutoring to youth 14 and up that are interested in improving reading, writing, math or daily living skills.  Each youth’s curriculum is individually designed to meet his or her short term and long term goals.  Educational staff make referrals to this service as deemed appropriate. 


The Medina City School District employ’s and provides two full-time
teachers and one part-time paraprofessional to provide educational
services at the center. The youth participate in education program
each day from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. The ultimate goal of the program
is to provide youth the opportunity to maintain their educational
progress in accordance with enrolled course requirements in their
home school district.

Anger Management

Sanderson and Associates currently provides anger management opportunities to
youth detained at the detention center. Anger management is a psycho
educational group-introduction to the basics of anger management control
methods and issues. This group occurs once a week on Friday afternoon. 

Drug & Alcohol

Sanderson and Associates currently provides Drug and Alcohol Educational
programming designed to increase the understanding of the role substance
abuse has in family relationships. Youth will also explore the development
of a substance use disorders, health risks, social, academic, mental and
legal problems associated with the use of drugs and alcohol. This group
occurs twice a week on Monday and Thursday afternoon.

Alternative Paths

Alternative Paths is a community mental health service provider located in the city of Medina and is certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health. Alternative Paths makes available clinical staff that to provide psychiatric services for crisis intervention for the youth detained. The services include face-to-face consulting services to determine the mental status and/or risk of youth. Consulting services may also include an evaluation and recommendation for treatment and information about available resources. Alternative Paths may also assist in the placement or hospitalization of any youth.

History of MCJDC

The Medina County Juvenile Detention Center was constructed during the summer of 1999 at a cost of 3.8 million dollars. On September 13, 1999 the detention center became operational and began accepting and detaining juveniles accused of delinquent behavior.

MCJDC is a maximum-security detention facility.  With approximately 26,000 square feet, the facility has thirty (30) individual detention cells, three (3) large classrooms, dining hall, medical office with examination room, gymnasium, library, and a secured outdoor recreation area.

Currently under the jurisdiction of the Honorable John J. Lohn, the juvenile detention facility is reserved for the detainment of youth who have been charged with committing delinquent acts. Detention shall be used as a last resort and principally for youth who have committed serious offenses and are a risk to himself or herself or the community.

Typically, youth are awaiting adjudication and disposition, have violated the terms and conditions of their probation or parole, have violated a court order; or who are awaiting placement in another facility may be held up to ninety (90) days.

Federal mandate prevents unruly or status type offenders from being held in detention for any longer than twenty-four (24) hours. Detention will not ordinarily be used for youth who are truant or probationers who are suspended from school. Non-felony offenders may be detained, pending a detention hearing, when law enforcement identifies a serious risk to person or property, however, the youth must still meet the defined admissions criteria pursuant to Ohio Juvenile Rule 6 & 7 of the Ohio Revised Code. 

Mission   &   Vision

The mission of the Medina County Juvenile Detention Center is to ensure public safety by providing and supporting leadership for change to youth and their family units within our communities. We operate by creating legitimate, alternative pathways to adulthood through equal access to services that are least intrusive, culturally sensitive, and consistent with the highest professional standards. 

We believe our vision is that every child experience success in caring families and nurturing communities that cherish children and teach them to value family and community.

Our vision is also guided by the fact that our decisions and actions affecting children today determine the quality of life tomorrow.

Detention Staffing Levels

5 Administrative Personnel
~Detention Superintendent
~Assistant Superintendent
~Fiscal & Personnel Manager
~Administrative Assistant
~Training Coordinator

3     Detention Supervisors

20   Juvenile Corrections Officers

3     Medical & Social Services

3     Educational Staff
Youth to Staff Ratios

First Shift          6:00 am  -  2:00 pm
~5 Direct line staff to 30* youth  - Ratio 1:6                           

Second Shift             2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
~5 Direct line staff to 30* youth – Ratio 1:6                          

Third Shift               10:00 pm – 6:00 am
~4 Direct line staff to 30* youth – Ratio 1:7

*Based on full capacity of 30 detention youth

Medina County
Juvenile Detention Center
Medina County Court of Common Pleas
Juvenile Division

NANCY J. PETEYA, Superintendent

655 Independence Drive
Medina, Ohio 44256

Phone 330-764-8408Fax 330-764-8412

Allow me to personally welcome you to this brief overview of the Medina County Juvenile Detention Center.  I would like to thank OJDDA and its President, Beth Orpisch, for the opportunity to be a featured facility on the OJDDA website.  Our staff is proud of the exemplary detention programming and services offered to our youth while detained in Medina County.
Detention at a Glance

Superintendent - Ron Stollar

Assistant Superintendent - Mike Ryan
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