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Hillbrook Juvenile Detention Center 4949 Velasko Road
Syracuse, NY 13215-1930
(315) 435-1421


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Onondaga County Hillbrook Juvenile Detention Center

Hillbrook Juvenile Detention Center is a 32 bed secure facility designed to house Juvenile Deliquents (JD) and Juvenile Offenders (JO), and Adolescent Offenders (AO)* who have been arrested for committing a crime and are at risk to public safety or a risk of flight for not showing up for a court date.

*As part of the new Statewide Raise the Age Legislation, on October 1, 2018, Hillbrook began housing all 16 & 17 year olds charged with Felony offenses. 

Hillbrook is a short-term facility for youth until their final dispositions of their cases. Based upon the outcomes of their court case, the youth are returned to their communities, placed on probation or referred to agencies that provide longer-term care.

Although most residents are from Onondaga County, the facility will admit out-of-county residents when there are vacancies.

Hillbrook’s Mission is to ensure public safety while encouraging individual success for each youth through restorative justice, strength-based programming and family and community involvement. The facility is under the supervision of the Onondaga County Office of Children and Family Services and certified by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

Safety for All Juvenile Residents:  In accordance with the 2003 Federal Civil Stature PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act), the Hillbrook Juvenile Detention Center maintains a zero tolerance towards all forms of sexual abuse, sexual misconduct and sexual harassment.  It is the policy of Hillbrook to safeguard the rights of all youth in its care and custody.  Youth and third parties, such as family members, attorneys and guardians of youth, shall have the opportunity to report, confidentially, about any needs, concerns or complaints.  Staff shall respond in a fair and timely manner and have a responsibility to take measures to protect youth in custody from sexual abuse, sexual misconduct and sexual harassment.


If there is a concern about something that a child has experienced at the Onondaga County Hillbrook Juvenile Detention Center, please report immediately to any of the following:


  • Call and speak with a Senior Counselor or Social Worker at 315-435-1421
  • Contact the Assistant Director, Omar Osbourne, at 315-435-1421
  • PREA Coordinator, Meg Burns, at 315-435-1421 x5353
  • The Office of the Ombudsman at 1-888-219-9818 or by Email at Myallies@ocfs.ny.gov
  • The Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs at 1-855-373-2122

The Hillbrook Detention Center works and supports the vision of the Onondaga County Partnership for Youth Justice that all youth involved in the Juvenile Justice System are given an opportunity to safely stay in their community and receive community based supports that are culturally competent in order to successfully transition to adulthood.


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