Juvenile Detention
Detention Programs

​Thurston County Juvenile Court offers programming to in-custody youth and youth attending the Day Detention School program. These classes are conducted year round and are designed to not only educate and inform the youth, but also teach vital skills needed for successful transition back into their home and community. These are the programs that are offered:

Victim Impact Awareness:

  • Sexual Assault
  • Child Abuse
  • Elder Awareness
  • Property Crimes
  • DUI
  • Domestic Violence
  • Teen Dating Violence
  • Anger Management (condensed version of the Anger Control Chain from WSART)
  • Teen Parenting
  • Sexual and Health Education
  • Nutrition
  • Bullying
  • How to Get a Job (complete a resume' and attend an interview)
  • Communication Skills
  • Consequential Thinking and Thinking Errors
  • Autobiographies
  • Budgeting and Setting up a Household
  • Character Building
  • Civil Rights
  • Black History Month
  • Women's History Month
  • Discrimination
  • Social Justice
  • Environmental Issues
  • Teen Issues
    (dating, bullying, STDs, safe sex, death and grief, DV, sexual assault, child abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, self-mutilation, suicide, teen pregnancy, bullying, discrimination, gender identity, family relationships, healthy dating relationships, eating disorders, gang violence)
Visiting Hours

​The following schedule has 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.


Monday6:00 pm- 7:00 pm
Tuesday6:00 pm- 7:00 pm
Wednesday6:00 pm- 7:00 pm
Thursday6:00 pm- 7:00 pm
FridayNo Visitation
Saturday2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Sunday2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Holidays2:00 pm – 3:00 pm



Visitor Regulations

​Visitation Rules and Visitor Regulations

  1. 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 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 Been in detention for seven (7) days or longer, 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 that staff may lock for you.
  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.
  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 weekend detention 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 youth's initial arrest by law enforcement.  EXCEPT, a parent/legal guardian who is the victim of the youth's alleged offense may not visit with the youth until after the youth's initial court appearance.
  19. Any requested exceptions to these visiting regulations must be approved in advance  by Juvenile Court Administration.  
  20. Normal visiting hours are scheduled every week day evening except Friday, and both Saturday and Sunday for all youth:
Monday  ​6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
​Tuesday ​6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wednesday​6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
​Thursday​6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
​Friday​No Visitation
​Saturday ​2:00 pm – 3:00 pm 
​Sunday​2:00 pm – 3:00 pm 
​Holidays​2:00 pm – 3:00 pm