Helping Today's Youth Become Tomorrow's Leaders

Lewisville Juvenile Treatment Center is located ten miles south of Lewisville, Arkansas.  The Program is one of the Divisions of Youth Services’ contracted offender facilities and is a component of South Arkansas Youth Services, Inc., which has provided services to Arkansas Youth for over 25 years. 

This facility occupies 4.6 acres one mile off County Road 16.  LJTC serves 30 medium-risks juveniles for period of six to nine months.  The facility does not have a fence and is minimum-security facility.  The disciplinary and security structure of the facility is through direct-staff supervision of the juveniles who are under staff observation at all times.  This program is accredited with the American Correctional Association through juvenile residential program.  It is designed to meet the needs of the mild to moderate offenders committed to the Division of Youth Services for the population of 13 to 21 year olds. 

The minimum stay at this facility is six to nine months followed by six months of aftercare services.  The facility is not a boot camp; however, the facility has a military atmosphere in dress and formation and utilizes military drill and flag ceremonies.  Movement from one building to another is through marching.  The uniforms are desert-storm camouflage with 3M reflective markings for visibility at night. 

The staff is vested in maintaining firm but caring relationships with the juveniles.  The facility levels of classification calls for grouping the juveniles in separate living areas by teams through a levels system.  Juveniles are graded on a point system every hour of every day.  The points determine levels, and therefore privileges and dorm assignment. 

The program is set up on six basic values that are the main concept of the program. Respect for life, self, others, property, authority and the desire to learn and improve.  We hope in teaching these concepts we have improved the quality of life for Arkansas Juveniles and their families.

The Southwest professionals play a key role in helping juvenile offenders do this work to support healthy relationships. This program provides educational services, mental health treatment, male responsive services, college preparation, behavioral modification, alcohol and substance abuse counseling, psychiatric services through a licensed counselor and psychiatrist, sex offender, gender specific services, case management and discharge planning services, and community service.  This program operates on 30/10 models where each client receives 30 hours of education and 10 hours of mental treatment weekly.

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