Thurston County Juvenile Court Juvenile Detention
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 youth 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).
A youth 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. Cell phones, cameras or any type of recording device are strictly prohibited.
5. All visitors and personal property are subject to search as a condition of admission
to the facility.
6. 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.
7. Visitation is initially limited to parents/legal guardians. When a youth has
attained Level 3 or 4 status in detention, he/she may be allowed visitation with extended family members. Extended family members include siblings, grandparents, aunts, and/or uncles. All family visitors outside of parent/legal guardian must be approved by the youth’s probation counselor.
8. Professionals working with a youth will be allowed visitation upon approval of the
youth’s assigned Probation Counselor, or upon verification of such professional involvement with the youth.
9. 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.
10. No tobacco, tobaccos products of any kind, lighters or matches may be brought into
the facility. Smoking is prohibited.
11. 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.
12. Only stamps and books may be provided to youth in detention. Any item for youth
must be given to staff prior to entry into the visiting area, and marked with the youth’s name or they will not be accepted. Staff will search the items, and give to the youth following visitation. Any item provided to a youth without authorization will be considered contraband and will result in lost privileges and possible legal consequences.
13. Evening, weekend, and holiday visitation will typically be held in the group
visiting area. Non-contact visiting rooms are available during these times if
you believe it may be necessary or appropriate. 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.
14. All visitors are expected to be respectful of the youth 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.
15. At times it may be necessary for detention staff to give directions to visitors
and/or youth 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.
16. 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 contact the youth’s assigned probation counselor or a detention supervisor.
17. Visitation will not ordinarily be allowed with youth serving weekends or other
intermittent detention sentences without advance approval of a Detention Supervisor.
18. 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. EXCEPT, a parent/legal guardian who is the victim of the juvenile’s alleged offense may not visit with the youth until after the juvenile’s initial court appearance.
19. Any requested exceptions to these visiting regulations must be approved in advance
by Juvenile Court Administration.