About Juvenile Detention
The Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention, Juvenile Division, is committed to providing quality, innovative, comprehensive services to youth, families, the community, and the juvenile justice system within a quality work environment by professional, caring staff.
King County Juvenile Detention Services is the nationally recognized model where diversity is embraced and high performance is paramount. Extraordinary results are achieved by consistent delivery of quality services and innovative programs for all stakeholders.
Youth may be detained following an arrest for allegedly committing an offense or on a warrant; pending trial; as part of a sentence or as part of an order sanctioning the youth for violating the terms of probation. Non-offenders (truants, at-risk youth, children in need of services, or dependents) who violate a court order or are arrested on a warrant may also be detained. Read the complete list of detention admission criteria.
Juvenile Detention seeks volunteers that can help facilitate educational and adolescent-focused programming for youth in detention. Volunteers must pass a criminal background check and attend an initial volunteer orientation. For more information, please call 206-477-9910.
Youth Services Center
The King County Youth Services Center (YSC) houses the Juvenile Detention Center, Juvenile Court, and Juvenile Court services a well as juvenile divisions of the Prosecuting Attorney's Office and the Department of Judicial Administration. The Youth Services Center is located at 1211 E. Alder St. in Seattle's Central District neighborhood.
New Children and Family Justice Center Coming in 2019
King County is building a new Children and Family Justice Center to replace the aging Youth Services Center. This voter-approved project will provide an efficient and safe facility to support juvenile and family court, juvenile detention, and services for youth and families.