Residential Services

David Lucey, Director
Phone: (440) 326-4001

Wellness Policy

Lorain County Detention Utilization Report


The Juvenile Facilities Complex provides locked and unlocked shelter care for male and female juveniles. The complex consists of one detention center and one domestic violence/runaway shelter in a campus-style setting.

Lorain County Juvenile Detention Home

9967 S. Murray Ridge Rd., Elyria 44035

The purpose of the detention home is to provide secure confinement of appropriate juveniles under the age of 18. Judges and Magistrates determine if detention is appropriate as indicated by statute or the Ohio Supreme Court Rules. Unruly or ungovernable youth may not be placed in detention beyond twenty-four hours. Delinquent youth may be confined to detention by an order of the Court for up to 90 days pre disposition. Delinquent youth sentenced to the detention home may be confined longer.

The Lorain County Detention Home is licensed and monitored by the Ohio Department of Youth Services. Both male and female residents are housed in separate wings of the Boys Detention Home. The facility is designed to house 44 males and 12 females. The staff to youth ratio during waking hours is 1:12, with the ratio increasing to 1:25 during sleeping hours.

During the admission process, each resident is administered a mental health screening. If the screening reveals any mental health concerns, Applewood Centers will conduct an assessment. In addition, there is a nurse on site and a doctor on call to meet all medical needs. Within seven days of admission, the detention home nurse or doctor will conduct a physical exam for each resident.

While in detention, education is provided through the Educational Service Center of Lorain County. In addition to classroom instruction, there are twenty-five individual computer stations available for those enrolled in online education.

Visitation Policy

Visitation Schedule as of May 8, 2023


In Person Visits:

Girls A-Z           9:00 am – 9:20 am

Boys A-G          9:30 am – 9:50 am

Boys H-N          10:00 am – 10:20 am

Boys O-Z          10:30 am- 10:50 am


Teleconference visits:

Zoom teleconference visits are scheduled from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm in 20-minute increments.  Zoom visits must be scheduled in advance.  Parents/Custodians are required to schedule through the Lorain County Detention Home Control Room Clerk.


Professional staff may contact (440) 326-4040 to schedule an individual appointment.



Visitation by appointment only. Please call (440) 326-4090.

Professional staff may contact (440) 326-4090 or email [email protected] for an individual appointment.


Detention Home Phone Calls

Residents can make a 10-minute phone call on Saturdays and Sundays based on last name and the following:


(Last name A-M) Phone calls are permitted on Saturdays if the resident did not receive an in-person or ZOOM visit.

(Last name N-Z) Phone calls are permitted on Sundays if the resident did not receive an in-person or ZOOM visit.

Bringing in Food for Residents

We receive several requests throughout the year for several different reasons from several different groups. Therefore, the guidelines are fairly simple and direct. Please see the following procedures:

  1. Any type of request to bring outside food into the facilities must have prior approval by a supervisor. You may contact the following Supervisors to make a request: Detention Home – Mark Osborne or David Lucey. Unlocked Residential- David Lucey, Steve Medvetz or any shift supervisor. This is for a special requests only. Requests for Birthdays, Holidays etc. are to follow the process below.
  2. Pizza and other snack items may be purchased through Aramark for all Detention Home and Turning Point residents
  3. Aramark services may be reached at (440) 326-4046

Turning Point

Turning Point is a non-secure facility that provides short-term shelter care, designed to be less than 14 days, for 5 males and 5 females ages 12-17. The youth being referred may be involved in domestic dispute situations or selected status offenses. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services licenses Turning Point. Turning Point provides 24-hour supervision and guidance by trained child-care staff. In addition, a full time social worker provides services to the juveniles and their families with appropriate community service referrals.

Admissions to the shelter are approved by the Assessment Center staff and administration. Turning Point does not function as a sentencing or dispositional alternative. The Shelter provides a program for youth in crisis or emergency situations.

The goal of Turning Point is to return the youth to their home or legal guardian after a brief respite without further intervention by the court.

Alternative visitation arrangements can be made by contacting Steve Medvetz, Turning Point Supervisor at [email protected].

 Professional staff are able to visit residents by appointment only.

Contact Turning Point Shelter for appointment at (440) 326-4090 or email [email protected]

Phone Calls: 10-minute daily phone calls permitted.

Reporting concerns regarding the Detention Home or Turning Point Shelter

In the event a member from the community has concerns regarding the Detention Home or Turning Point Shelter they may contact Director, David Lucey at (440) 326-4001.

In the event the concern cannot be resolved, the matter will be referred by the Director to Administration.

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:
    [email protected]

 This institution is an equal opportunity provider.