Robert L. Perry Juvenile Justice Center

Partner Type

Education, Children & Youth

Description and Mission

The Missouri Juvenile Code sets forth that in each county it is the duty of the county court to provide a place of detention for children coming within the provisions of the code. The code further states that "detention should approximate as closely as possible the care of children in good homes." The Robert L. Perry Juvenile Justice Center is a facility designated by the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court to provide detention, evaluation services, and temporary care to juveniles found to be in need by order of the court. It is the mission of the Robert L Perry Juvenile Justice Center to maintain the highest standards of performance, by helping to facilitate access to justice for juveniles in placement, and the families of those juveniles, by aiding them in their effective participation in the juvenile justice system.


Our mission is to ensure that staff members treat all clients in a courteous, responsive, and respectful manner; completing reports to the court and responding to requests for information in a timely manner; promptly incorporating changes in the law and/or policies and procedures into Center policies and procedures; making certain that facility procedures are consistent with laws, rules, and policies; enforcing orders of the court regarding juveniles in placement at the facility; maintaining and preserving accurate records; ensuring fair employment practices; demonstrating consistent institutional integrity; seeking to increase the level of public trust and confidence, demonstrated by consistent fairness, efficiency, and accountability.

Special emphasis and skills:

Mentoring, Tutoring, Advocacy, Crime Prevention, Cultural & Social Assimilation, Youth Emphasis, Criminal Justice, Youth Development

Contact Information:

Tara Eppy

5665 N. Roger Wilson Drive
Columbia, MO 65202
Phone: (573) 886-4450
Fax:(573) 886-4461


How to Serve

I want to earn credit for service (through service-learning)

In order to earn credit while serving on this project, please contact the MU Office of Service Learning online by submitting this form or calling us at 573.882.0227.

I want to volunteer

If you want to volunteer with this agency, please contact them directly through the contact information listed above.