Juvenile Institutions

Solano County Juvenile Institutions
A Division of the Solano County Probation Department 

For more information, please contact Administration  





Challenge Academy








Dean Farrah, Superintendent 

Jennifer Washington, Probation Services Manager (Assistant Superintendent) – Operations

Ruben Vang, Probation Services Manager (Assistant Superintendent) – Programs

Roberta Flannel, Administrative Secretary 

Elizabeth Delacruz-Stephenson, Accounting Technician

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

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

Program Administrator
Valerie Garrett, Ed.D

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 (Probation, Mental Health, Medical, Schools) to begin in-house services as part of the individual treatment and placement plans.

Programs include:

  1. Counseling staff conducts security and housing assessments of all minors that are booked into Juvenile Hall. The facility has a Mental Health Counselor on duty eight hours daily. All intakes are assessed for mental health symptoms, such as depression, suicidal ideation and tendencies and crisis intervention is provided as needed.

  2. The Tutoring Program, which was originally started by retired volunteer teachers, is financed through the Inmate Telephone Fund. The three detention units each have an assigned tutor to provide group and individual counseling three hours per week. The evening tutors work closely with the County of Education Teaching Staff to provide a cohesive academic program.

  3. Aggression Replacement Training-- The program was developed for aggressive and violent adolescents aged 12 to 17 who are incarcerated in juvenile institutions. ART is a cognitive behavioral intervention program to help adolescents improve social skill competence and moral reasoning, better manage anger, and reduce aggressive behavior.

  4. Crossroads Life Skills/Cognitive Learning--The objectives of this program are to: discover how attitude affects behavior; teach minors problem solving skills to use in anger situations;  examine one’s position in life; gain better self control; address the challenges of dealing with addictive behaviors; develop critical thinking skills; establish goal directed behavior patterns; and practice and gain new life skills.

    On-going volunteer services include:

    • Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous
    • Planned Parenthood
    • AIDS Awareness
    • Religious church services and Bible studies
    • Youth mentoring
    • Solano Community College Interns
    • Motivational speakers

Visiting Hours
  1. VISITING IS A VERY IMPORTANT part of the Juvenile Detention Facility Program. Regular visits help preserve the ties between the minors in detention and his or her family, and vividly demonstrate the interest of the family for the minor and the desire for help.
  2. The minors 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)



    6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

     3:15 pm – 4:15 pm











         7:45 pm – 8:45 pm  A - M

         6:00 pm - 7:00 pm  N - Z

       1:00 pm - 2:00 pm  A - M

      6:15 PM - 7:15 pm  N - Z




    6:30 pm – 7:30 pm 

    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


    (By appointment only and
    approved by Probation)


    4:45 pm– 5:45 pm

  3. AUTHORIZED VISITORS are defined as Parents and Legal Guardians only. Photo identification is required.
  4. Visitors may bring only two (2) keys and photo identification into Cedar Hall with them. Please leave everything else in your car. We cannot hold your belongings for you.
  5. Parents/guardians may visit for all or a portion of the 60 minute visiting period. The latest a visitor may arrive is 15 minutes prior to the end of the minor’s designated visiting time slot. 
  6. 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.
  7. “Any person who knowingly brings, sends into, or assists in bringing or sending into the Juvenile Detention Facility an controlled substance (alcohol, drugs or narcotics), an 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)
  8. “All visitors are subject to a walk-through metal detector search before proceeding into the facility beyond the reception area.” (Title 15, section 1360).
  9. Questions about a minor’s case, his/her court hearing, or plans for the minor 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.
  10. No food or drink is allowed in the main lobby area or in Cedar Hall.
  11. 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.
  12. The Juvenile Detention Facility does not accept donations of books or magazines from parents.
  13. We encourage you to write your child while he/she is here. Remember to include your complete return address. Minors may not receive mail from other jails, prisons, or juvenile detention facilities. Please do not include confetti, souvenirs, tokens or spray any type of fragrance on the envelopes. Please address mail as follows:

Youth's Name
740 Beck Avenue
Fairfield, CA 94533