Southwest Florida Regional Juvenile Detention Center

SW FL Regional Juvenile Detention Center

Rodney Goss, Superintendent
Email: [email protected]
Office: 239-332-6927
Fax: 239-338-2696


The children and families of Florida will live in safe, nurturing communities that provide for their needs, recognize their strengths and support their success.


To increase public safety by reducing juvenile delinquency through effective prevention, intervention and treatment services that strengthen families and turn around the lives of troubled youth.

Guiding Principles

  • Prevention and education are paramount
  • Strengthen partnerships with judicial, legislative and community stakeholders
  • Promote public safety through effective intervention
  • Provide a safe and nurturing environment for our children
  • Preserve and restore physical and mental health

The SW Florida Regional Juvenile Detention Center is a 60 bed, hardware secure facility that serves youth detained by various circuit court(s). Youth are detained pending adjudication, disposition or placement in commitment facility.

The facility provides supervision of youth in a safe, secure and humane environment. Services for youth include: education, mental health, substance abuse, and health care. Medical and mental health are contracted services. Educational services are funded by the Department of Education through local school districts.

A typical day in secure detention would involve hygiene, meals, school, structured physical and educational activities, and court appearance as scheduled. The average length of stay in secure detention is approximately 11 days.

Please contact the Superintendent if interested in donating time and/or resources to enhance detention program activities.

Note: Parents, grandparents, and legal guardians are approved visitors. Others may only visit if so ordered by the court or specifically approved by the superintendent or designee. Legal counsel, probation, law enforcement and clergy and other professionals may visit detainees as necessary, but are subject to the same requirements regarding signing-in and contraband. All visitors must have a photo ID.

Staff Members

James Buchanon, Principal

Harriett Henderson, Academic Counselor

Ed Negron, Specialist, Technical Support

Elizabeth Espinosa, Information Specialist

Elena Rodriguez, Instructional Support


Rosann Carson, Reading

Dennis Ellerbusch, English

Alexis Hilton, Math

Danette Phillips, Science