The following regulations have been established for visitors to and
visitation in the Thurston County Juvenile Detention facility to help insure
the safety and security of the facility, its visitors, and the juveniles
held here. We ask your assistance in helping us assure that visitation
periods remain safe and rewarding experiences for everyone involved in
visiting. Please be advised that failure to comply with these regulations
may result in denial of admission, removal from the facility, and/or
modification or termination of visiting privileges. In some cases such
violation may also result in the filing of criminal charge(s).
1. A juvenile may refuse visitation.
2. All visitors are required to sign in on the Detention Visitor's
Register prior to visitation and to sign out upon completion of the
3. All visitors must have and provide current picture
4. All visitors and personal property are subject to search as a
condition of admission to the facility. Refusal to submit to a requested
search will result in denial of admission.
5. Anyone who is under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs or who
is noticeably impaired from any medication will be denied admission to the
6. Parents/legal guardians and professionals working directly with a
juvenile in the community or through the Court process are the only
individuals allowed visitation unless/until the juvenile has attained
advanced status in detention. When a juvenile has attained Level 3 status in
detention, he/she may be allowed visitation with one extended family member,
or upon attaining Level 4 status may be allowed visitation with two extended
family members, during weekend visitation. Extended family members include
siblings, grandparents, aunts, and/or uncles. Professionals working with a
juvenile will be allowed visitation upon approval provided to detention by
the juvenile's assigned Probation Counselor, or upon provision to detention
of clear verification of such professional involvement.
7. Possession of any weapon within the facility is strictly prohibited.
Weapons include, but are not limited to, firearms, explosive devices
including any fireworks, knives, and personal protection spray
8. No tobacco or tobacco products of any kind may be brought into and no
smoking is permitted within this facility. No lighters or matches may be
brought into the facility.
9. No purses or backpacks may be brought into the facility. It is
recommended that such items be left secured in your vehicle. If it is
necessary to bring such items in, there are lockers available in the
entrance foyer for which you may request a lock.
10. Without prior written authorization from the Detention Manager or a
Detention Supervisor, the only items that may be brought in for a detained
juvenile are stamps and books. Such items must be given to detention staff
prior to entry into the visiting area, and must be clearly marked with the
juvenile's name or they will not be accepted. Detention staff will search
the items, and will insure that they are given to the juvenile following the
conclusion of visiting. Visitors may not give any item to a detained
juvenile at any time without the specific authorization of the Detention
Manager or the Detention Supervisor.
11. Evening, weekend, and holiday visitation will typically be held in
the large multi-family visiting area. Non-contact visiting rooms are
available during these times if you believe it may be necessary or
appropriate. Please let detention staff know if you believe this to be the
case. Use of these rooms is subject to space availability. Visitation in the
morning during the week will generally only be available in non-contact
visiting rooms. This is necessary due to facility staffing requirements as
well as to insure space availability for face-to-face meetings between
juveniles and their attorneys and counselors during business hours.
12. All visitors are expected to be respectful of the juvenile(s) being
visited and of other visitors to the facility. Individuals behaving in a
loud, aggressive, disruptive, or otherwise disrespectful manner may have
their visit terminated. Individuals failing to provide adequate supervision
to children coming in with them for visitation may have their visit
terminated and their ability to bring children for future visitation
modified and/or ended.
13. At times it may be necessary for detention staff to give directions
to visitors and/or juveniles that are not contained in these regulations.
Anyone who fails to promptly and in an orderly fashion comply with such
directive will have his or her visitation terminated and may have future
visitation privileges modified or terminated.
14. The ability to provide for family visitation outside of scheduled
visiting hours is extremely limited, and will generally be denied. If you
believe you have circumstances that warrant special consideration, please
check for such with the Detention Supervisor prior to the accommodation you
15. Visitation will not ordinarily be allowed with/for juveniles serving
weekends or other intermittent detention sentences of 48 hours or less
without advance approval of the Detention Manager or Detention Manager's
16. A parent/legal guardian may visit their child during any scheduled
visitation period within the first 24-hours after the juvenile's initial
arrest by law enforcement regardless whether it is that juvenile's scheduled
visitation period. EXCEPT, a parent/legal guardian who is the victim of the
juvenile's alleged offense may not visit with the juvenile until after the
juvenile's initial court appearance.
17. Any requested exceptions to these visiting regulations must be
approved in advance by the Detention Manager or Detention Manager's