Juvenile Institutions

Solano County Juvenile Institutions
A Division of the Solano County Probation Department 
For more information, please contact Administration  





Challenge Academy








Shawna Albright, Division Chief

Joseph Herman, Juvenile Correctional Counselor, Manager
Dean Wilder, Probation Services Manager
Roberta Flannel, Administrative Secretary 

Sadao Holman, Accounting Technician

Supervising Juvenile Correctional Counselors
Cheryl Celones
P. Dosanjh
Jessica Elmer
Tracie Pitts
Cynthia Sloan

Senior Juvenile Correctional Counselors
Claudia Blanco
Janelle Breed
Kelvin Brooks
Edward Del Rosario
Edward Hollomon
Cassandra Kelley
Desiree Phillips

Mission Statement

The mission of the Solano County Probation Department is to reduce the incidence and severity of crime in our community.

Juvenile Institutions Mission Statement

Provide detention for youth charged with serious crimes, who otherwise cannot be safely released to the community and are likely to flee the jurisdiction of the Court.

Provide post-disposition detention for youth awaiting placement to other residential care.

Juvenile Institutions Goal Statement

It is our goal to provide a short-term residential treatment program that meets the legal and departmental parameters. We strive to maintain an environment that is conducive to initiating and motivating individual changes, providing a schedule of constructive and satisfying personal development, physical and educational programs and minimizing negative effects of detention while in our custody. We care for every youngster in a manner that reduces anxiety and maximizes the potential for personal growth, maturity and development.

In-House Services

It is our goal to work collaboratively with the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT), to include, but not limited to: Juvenile Correctional Counselors, Deputy Probation Officers, Mental Health, Medical, and Schools. The intention of these meetings is to ensure each youth’s needs are met with individualized treatment and placement plans.

Services include:


High School 
Offered by the Solano County Office of Education (SCOE)

A program of academic instruction focusing on the use of and integration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) into all content areas.

Tutors work closely with SCOE Teaching Staff to provide a cohesive academic program.

Offered by Solano Community College  

Students Overcoming Adversity and Recidivism (SOAR)
SOAR works with formerly/currently incarcerated students.  They provide mentorship and assistance to enroll in college courses and receive further education.

Trades Program
A traineeship and Certificate Program that is a training and development program that provides youth with classroom and hands-on training in the following trades:
carpenter, electrician, mason and plasterer, and plumber and steamfitter.

Evidence Based Programming:

These programs assist youth with making positive changes in their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. These programs teach and practice self-control, anger/emotion control, social skills, decision making, creative thinking, critical reasoning, and values, allowing them to immediately apply the skills day to day, as well as address the challenges of dealing with addictive behaviors. It allows youth to re-evaluate their interpersonal skills and their relationships with their peers and family members. Programs include:

Thinking for a Change (T4C)

Reasoning and Rehabilitation II (R&R II)

Cognitive Behavioral Training 2.0 (CBT 2.0)

Courage to Change Interactive Journaling Series

Forward Thinking Interactive Journaling Series

Aggression Replacement Training (ART)

Carey Guides

Community Based Organizations:

The Juvenile Detention Facility works with community partners to further assist the youth in addressing other needs/areas in their lives so they can become successful. Programs include:

Restorative Justice


Transition Services with Leaders in Community Alternatives, Inc. (LCA)

Parenting Classes with Positive Parenting Program (Triple P)

Skills to pay the bills

Success for Teens

Hidden Genius

Religious Services

Mental Health Services:

All intakes are assessed for mental health symptoms, such as depression, suicidal ideation and tendencies and crisis intervention is provided as needed by a licensed mental health professional.

On site Student Wellness Specialist who focuses on socio-emotional learning. The goal is to focus on mental, spiritual, and emotional wellness.

Counseling and Support:

All youth are supported by Juvenile Correctional Counselors to help them with their goals and day to day life in the facility by reinforcing skills learned in the programs provided.


VISITING IS A VERY IMPORTANT part of the Juvenile Detention Facility Program. Regular visits help preserve the ties between the youth in detention and his or her family, and vividly demonstrates the interest of the family for the youth and the desire for help.


The youth are assigned to separate housing units or “Pods” and they are allowed visits only when their Pod is scheduled. Here are the VISITING DAYS AND HOURS:








(visit at Challenge)



5:30pm – 6:30 pm

3:30pm – 4:30pm




7:15pm – 8:15pm

1:00pm – 2:00pm




5:45pm – 6:45pm

10:00am – 11:00am






AUTHORIZED VISITORS are defined as Parents and Legal Guardians, or those approved by the youth’s assigned Deputy Probation Officer (DPO). Photo identification is required.  Visitors approved by DPO’s must be at least 12 years of age.  All visitors under the age of 18 years old,  must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.



EFFECTIVE DATE: March 23, 2023







By Appointment

1ST Thursday of the month.

5:30pm- 6:30pm



By Appointment

2nd Thursday of the month.

5:30pm- 6:30pm



By Appointment

3rd Thursday of the month.

5:30pm- 6:30pm



By Appointment

4TH Thursday of the month.




Only two visitors will be approved to enter the visiting area at a time. Approved visitors can split visit. 


Visitors may bring only a photo identification into Cedar Hall.  Please leave everything else in your car or use the lockers provided. We cannot hold your belongings for you.

Visitors are guaranteed 30 minutes to visit within the scheduled visiting time and up to 60 minutes depending on the availability of space. Visitors may visit for all or a portion of the visiting period. The latest a visitor may arrive is 15 minutes prior to the end of the youth’s designated visiting time slot. 


Visitors may NOT return to Cedar Hall once you leave, for any reason. Please use the restroom prior to admittance to Cedar Hall for your visit.


“Any person who knowingly brings, sends into, or assists in bringing or sending into the Juvenile Detention Facility a controlled substance (alcohol, drugs or narcotics), a firearm, weapon, or explosives of any kind will be punished by imprisonment in the County Jail for not more than one year or by imprisonment in the State Prison.” (W&I Code, Section 875.1)


“All visitors are subject to a walk-through metal detector search before proceeding into the facility beyond the reception area.” (Title 15, section 1360).


Questions about a youth’s case, his/her court hearing, or plans for the youth after he/she leaves the Juvenile Detention Facility should be directed to the Probation Officer assigned to the case. The Probation Department can be reached at (707)784-7600.


No food or drink is allowed in the main lobby area or in Cedar Hall.


All visitors are expected to follow the above regulations, as well as directions given them by custody staff on duty. Any visitor who does not comply will be asked to leave and future visiting privileges will be withdrawn.


The Juvenile Detention Facility does not accept donations of books or magazines from visitors.


We encourage you to write your child while he/she is here. Remember to include your complete return address. Youth may not receive mail from other jails, prisons, or juvenile halls. Please address mail as follows:

Youth’s Name

740 Beck Avenue

Fairfield, CA 94533

For more information, please call us at (707) 784-6570


Authorized Visitors/Authorized Special Visitors

Check in with staff in the Lobby.

Show ID card to staff assigned to check ID at receptionist window.

Complete a temperature check. (Must be less than 100.4F)

Walk through the metal detector.

Visitors may be required to wear a medical grade surgical mask, N95 mask, or KN95 mask.

Practice social distancing.

May only take ID into Cedar Hall.

All items on visitor's person must be stored in a locker.

Contact visits will range from 30-60 minutes depending on the availability of space.