Barbara Culver Juvenile Center

The Midland County Barbra Culver Juvenile Justice Center is a short-term, secure facility, designed to protect the community and the juvenile and to assure the juvenile’s appearance in court. The Barbra Culver Juvenile Justice Center provides crisis intervention, counseling, education, and other services and facilities including:

  • Secure individual rooms, each with a toilet, sink, and access to drinking water. The rooms are located in sections of 12 beds with separate sections for boys and girls.
  • A day area for each 12 bed section.
  • A medical exam area.
  • A library.
  • Classrooms with education services provided by Midland Independent School District (MISD) - Coleman High School.
  • A counseling area providing individual counseling and crisis intervention.
  • Indoor and outdoor recreation areas.
  • Visitation rooms for families, attorneys, approved visitors, and other professional service providers.


Upon admission, a juvenile is given a private room and issued clothing and bedding. A juvenile is also placed on the privilege system that rewards positive behavior, while providing consequences for negative behavior. The goal of the BCJJC privilege system is to help ensure the security and safety of each resident. Behavior consequences are clearly documented and administered within the guidelines of the Detention Center’s policies and procedures. The following behavior sanctions are not permitted:   

  • Prohibited Sanctions
  • Corporal punishment
  • Humiliating punishment, to include verbal harassment of a sexual nature, or which relates to a resident’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Allowing or directing one resident to sanction another.
  • Group punishment for the acts of individuals.
  • Deprivation or modification of required meals or snacks.
  • Deprivation of clean and appropriate clothing.
  • Deprivation or intentional disruption of scheduled sleeping opportunities.
  • Physical exercises imposed for the purposes of compliance, intimidation, or discipline.


Each child is required to follow a structured daily program. The goals of the program are to help a child develop personal discipline and positive habits and to realize the possible impact of the choices reflected in each child’s personal disciplines and habits. All daily activities are monitored by Juvenile Supervision Officers (JSO’s) certified by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.


Each resident is daily provided three meals and an evening snack. Meals are prepared by kitchen staff at the County Jail and delivered to the Detention Center.

Should a resident have a dietary restriction for example, allergy or religious observances the Detention Center will meet the resident’s needs.

Clothing and Personal Hygiene  

Residents are provided with all clothing, hygiene products, and bedding during their placement. 

During the intake process, each child is required to shower and complete personal hygiene for safety and sanitary purposes (including trimming of artificial nail products). The wearing of makeup (including fingernail polish), piercings and artificial hair extensions are prohibited.

Medical Care and Medication

Parents and guardians are responsible for communicating any and all health care needs of their child to the Health Services Coordinator and intake staff. This communication includes current medical diagnoses, allergic reactions to any medication, or other allergies their child may have. Parents or guardians retain responsibility for their child’s medical care while in the facility. Parents or guardians are expected to work closely with the Health Services Coordinator on their child’s medical needs and any hospital care.

Each child’s prescription medication must be delivered to the facility by the parents or guardians in the original containers with standard prescription labels. Medication must be delivered so as not to allow dosage times to lapse. Over-the-counter medications must also have a physician’s written order. Medications are disbursed by or under the supervision of the juvenile health care staff. Each child’s medication must be refilled and delivered by a parent or guardian in a timely manner. All unused medications will be returned to the parents when the child is released from the facility.

When medical staff determines a situation requires more advanced evaluation or care, the child will be transported to the Midland Memorial Hospital Emergency Room or appropriate medical facility. Should this become necessary, staff will notify the parents to meet the child and transport officer, as soon as possible, at the designated facility.

Family Contact

We recognize the importance of parents being able to communicate with their juvenile while in the Barbra Culver Juvenile Justice Center.

To help facilitate communication with parents or legal guardians, we have staff who will arrange routine phone calls. Upon arrival, staff will attempt to contact juvenile’s parent or legal guardian and provide (1) five minute phone call.  The parent or legal guardian of the juvenile shall be provided a copy of the BCJJC facilities policy regarding telephone usage upon their initial visit to the facility.

"We, the Midland County Juvenile Justice Department, collaborate with familes and agencies to promote positive behavior by providing prevention, intervention, treatment, and sanctions to empower youth to become law abiding citizens."