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Juvenile  Court  -  Detention  Services



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 visit. 

3. All visitors must have and provide current picture identification. 

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 facility. 

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 devices. 

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 are requesting. 

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 designee. 

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 designee.


Visiting Hours

Visiting hours are scheduled according to the youth's assignment to a living unit:

A or C Unit

Monday 6:30pm - 7:15pm

Tuesday 10:00am - 10:45am

Thursday 10:00am - 10:45am

Saturday 2:00pm - 2:50pm

Sunday 3:00pm - 3:50pm

B or D Unit

Monday 10:00am - 10:45am

Tuesday 6:30pm - 7:15pm

Thursday 6:30pm - 7:15pm

Saturday 3:00pm - 3:50pm

Sunday 2:00pm - 2:50pm

Visitation on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day will be available from:

A or C Unit 9:00am - 11:00am

B or D Unit 2:00pm - 4:00pm

No visiting on Fridays.


Page Revised on March 18, 2014 Thurston County