Darrell B. Hester Juvenile Detention Center

is committed to providing safety and supervision to detained juveniles by our well-trained, professional and caring staff.

Who is Detained

Juveniles that are detained (ages 10 thru 17) have not obeyed their probationary status or have committed illegal offenses.

While In Detention

The Detention Center offers quality education through the San Benito CISD, physical activity and other programming to enhance and enrich our detained juveniles.


By partnering with local community resources, we are able to offer activities to encourage intellectual development, character building and positive demeanor for our detained juveniles.

Visitation Rules and Regulations

All approved visitors must abide by the following regulations.

Visitation Hours

3:45p.m.– 6:30p.m.

9:00a.m – 5:00p.m.

1 Visit per Week

Time Limit: 30 minutes

Visitations may be granted at the Administrators discretion during non-programming hours or after court when parent, legal guardian, or custodian has not been able to visit within the allowed seven (7) days.

Who Can Visit

  • No person(s) under the age of 18 are allowed to visit.
  • Only parents, legal guardians, custodian and the resident’s attorney are allowed to visit. Any exceptions to this must be granted permission by the Facility Administrator (FA) or Operations Manager (OM).
  • If the resident’s parents are divorced and have joint custody, both parents will be allowed to visit during the thirty (30) minute time period.  If divorced parents have conflict amongst each other, each parent will be provided a fifteen (15) minute time period.
  • If a parent has had their parental rights terminated by a lawful court order, they will be denied admission for visitation.
  • In addition, visitation of the resident will be governed by the court order document stating such limitations.

Dress Code Is Strictly Enforced.

  • No gang affiliated clothing
  • No hats
  • No sunglasses
  • No spandex pants,
  • No low cut or halter tops, or any clothing item that is considered offensive.
  • Shorts or/and skirts MUST be at knee length.

Prohibited Items

  • No food, drinks, candy or gum are allowed to be brought into the facility
  • No purses or bags
  • No electronic cell phones, tape recorders, video recorders, cameras, electronic devices (i.e. ipods, mp3 players, tablets, etc.)
  • No weapons allowed
  • No smoking
  • No profanity or disorderly behavior

Phone Calls

Establishing a funding account, contact Call Center at 1-800-750-3646 or you can call (956) 361–4603 for further information. The calling system is available everyday 8a.m.–8p.m. (except during school hours).

Write a Letter

Darrell B. Hester Juvenile Detention Center Youth’s Name P.O. Box 1690 San Benito, Texas 78586

Facility Administrator

Erica Alaniz

Email: Erica.Moreno@co.cameron.tx.us

Operations Manager

Jose Castillo

Email: JCastillo@co.cameron.tx.us

Please visit Texas Juvenile Justice Department for more information www.tjjd.texas.gov or our county’s website www.cameroncountytx.gov