Judicial Center

Dauphin-County-Judicial_editedBrian Clark
451 Mall Road
Harrisburg, PA 17111
Phone: (717) 547-4000
Fax: (717) 888-9076
Central Booking: (717) 547-4040

The Dauphin County Judicial Center houses the Central Booking Facility for all police departments in Dauphin County and the Night Court operation of the Dauphin County Magisterial District Judges.

The center, which is open 24/7, provides one centralized location to streamline the arrest processing procedures. The trained Judicial Center Officers perform the intake processing and fingerprinting on detainees, allowing the Police officers to turn their prisoners over at the Center, and then get back to patrolling their community. Before the Spring 2013 opening of the Judicial Center, it wasn’t uncommon for police officers in Dauphin County to find themselves tied up for hours after making an arrest, waiting in one of five booking centers for their suspect to be processed and arraigned by a district judge. It was time an officer was unable to spend patrolling the community, keeping residents safe.

The two-story, 14,786-square-foot center in Swatara Township, adjacent to the Dauphin County Prison, also gathers key criminal justice components under one roof – such as probation, victim witness, pre-trial and counseling and treatment services. The center has a full courtroom and video conferencing capabilities so arrestees can also be arraigned without the judge having to travel to the facility.