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The Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD) is one of 15 departments within King County. DAJD has approximately 1,000 employees (most are uniform staff) across specific divisions:

Mission, Vision and Goals

Mission

The Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention contributes to the public safety of the citizens of King County and Washington State by operating safe, secure and humane detention facilities and community corrections programs, in an innovative and cost-effective manner.

Vision

The Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention is a professional and nationally recognized organization that supports safe, vibrant, and healthy communities in partnership with other criminal justice and human service agencies.

Goals

  • Goal 1: Provide adult and juvenile detention facilities that are safe, secure, humane, orderly and cost-effective.

  • Goal 2: Support and be responsive to the public and other criminal justice and human service agencies' interests and objectives.

  • Goal 3: Provide a catalyst for change in the lives of offenders by providing cost-effective programs and community corrections alternatives to secure detention in the least restrictive setting without compromising public safety.

  • Goal 4: Promote the development of a professional, accountable and respectful work environment.

DAJD Facts

  • DAJD must house individuals that have been arrested for felonies (across King County) or misdemeanors (unincorporated King County).
  • DAJD must house individuals that have been found guilty of felonies or misdemeanors (unincorporated King County) and are sentenced for 1 year or less. DAJD can also house individuals on consecutive sentences.
  • There are over 50,000 bookings per year.
  • 70% of the adult population are released within 72 hours.
  • Both adult divisions provide inmates with library services, GED, health care, stress management, and a variety of other programs. KCCF provides psychiatric services and houses inmates under high security.
  • DAJD works closely with the King County Sheriff's Office, Seattle-King County Department of Health, courts, cities, health organizations, and other stakeholders.