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 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
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. These are to be approved by the youth's
probation counselor. Professionals working with a juvenile will be allowed
visitation upon approval provided to detention by the youth's assigned
Probation Counselor, or upon clear verification of such professional
involvement with the youth.
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
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 a 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 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.
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
contact a detention supervisor.
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 a Supervisor.
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. 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 designee.