Jamie Rhoads


Arthur Vining Davis Fellow in Adolescent Psychology

Linn County Juvenile Detention Center | Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Week 8:
Final Days and Goodbyes


October 21, 2018 | This final week was not much different from the others in the day-to-day happenings, but it felt so much different to me personally as I knew I was leaving. It was like looking at the Center with new eyes, but still knowing everything I have learned. It was surreal, in a way, to go about […]

Week 7:
Lockdowns


October 14, 2018 | With the influx of residents over the last few weeks, it was only a matter of time before the stress boiled over and something happened. This week, something big happened. Tuesday night brought my first opportunity to learn how to do a lockdown. With the inclement weather this fall, storms and tornado warnings in Cedar […]

Week 6:
More Residents, More Stress


October 7, 2018 | This week has proven to be the most stressful week yet. Now that I have most of the skills and knowledge to successfully do my job as a youth counselor, the work should be less stressful and the shifts should go smoother. Of course, this means I needed another challenge thrown my way. Over the […]

Week 5:
Greater Independence


September 30, 2018 | Week 5 has been the best week at the Center so far. The week began with a difficult decision of cutting back the number of days I spend at the Center. Originally I was going Tuesday through Saturday, working 40 hours a week at the Center, and researching and working on my research project another […]

Week 4:
Halfway Started, Halfway Done


September 23, 2018 | This fourth week has been the hardest week at the Center so far. I have been fighting a cold for a little over a week now, and it has caused me to miss three days of work. At the Center, a lot can happen in three days. First, more than half of the residents who […]

Week 3:
Slowly Taking Charge


September 16, 2018 | As my third week at the Center comes to a close, I have begun taking charge in the pod setting and letting my trainer sit on the sidelines to supervise rather than lead. My first shift this week saw me earn all of the equipment and tools for the center, and this, in turn, has […]

Week 2:
Growing Comfortable and Earning Privileges


September 9, 2018 | My second week at detention has been a much different experience from week one. First of all, I’m much more comfortable interacting with residents and staff, and navigating around the building. I’m also growing more familiar with the history and policies of the Center. This has resulted in more frequent interactions and greater respect from […]

Week 1:
Getting Started at Detention


September 2, 2018 | This first week at the Linn County Juvenile Detention Center (referred to as “the Center”) has been a whirlwind of meeting new people and learning so many new things. I began my first shift with a full tour of the facility. At first glance from the outside, the Center doesn’t look like much, and I […]