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Emergency Actions at Correctional Facilities for COVID-19 Outbreak

Under the direction of King County Executive Dow Constantine, we are quickly and safely reducing the number of people who are in custody to provide our healthcare professionals the space they need to follow recommendations by Public Health -- Seattle & King County in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We are working with our partners in the criminal justice system -- courts, King County Department of Public Defense, King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Department of Corrections, and law enforcement -- to reduce the population at our two adult facilities so we can provide single bunks for everyone in custody as advised by Public Health. It also will provide our Jail Health Services staff with more room to isolate people who are at a higher risk of severe complications.

Here is the news release announcing immediate actions to further decrease the number of people who are in custody.

About the facility

The King County Jail, Seattle Division is located at 500 Fifth Avenue, in Seattle, WA. The facility became operational in 1986 and currently employs over 350 correctional staff.

Message from DAJD director designee John Diaz regarding water system at King County Correctional Facility (includes test results chart).

King County Correctional Facility - Seattle Jail

King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention
King County Correctional Facility - KCCF Seattle


500 Fifth Ave. 
Seattle, WA 98104 

From north of downtown Seattle to the King County Correctional Facility:
Take I-5 Southbound to the James Street exit, turning right on James Street. Turn left on 5th Avenue. The facility's entrance is located at the northwest corner of Fifth Avenue and James Street. A variety of public parking facilities are located in the immediate area.

From south of downtown Seattle to the King County Correctional Facility:
Take I-5 Northbound to the James Street exit, turning left on James Street. Turn left on 5th Avenue. The facility's entrance is located at the northwest corner of Fifth Avenue and James Street. A variety of public parking facilities are located in the immediate area.

The Inmate Management Services (IMS) section of the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD) provides a variety of skill building programs within the adult facilities, to help eliminate criminogenic needs that increase the risk of reincarceration upon reentry.  


Programs are offered seven days a week and are scheduled throughout the day.  Facilitation of programming is conducted by community volunteers with areas of expertise, contracted professionals and local community organizations interested in reaching out to the incarcerated population. 


  • Adult Basic Education/ GED and Independent Study: Participants receive adult basic education or GED Preparation instruction with the opportunity to test for the GED certification.For individuals who prefer to engage in independent study, education packets are provided upon request.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous/ Narcotics Anonymous (AA/NA): Alcoholics Anonymous (English and Spanish), and Narcotics Anonymous Volunteers, serve men and women in jail and conduct weekly group programs offering support, sharing and nonjudgmental listening. AA and NA materials and readily available for inmates to read and refer to as they allow themselves to reflect and draw from each other’s experiences in recovery together.
  • Art Therapy: Women with histories of sexual trauma engage in therapeutic art activities that assist in processing of traumatic and victimizing experiences.
  • Creative Writing Skills for Women:Using writing as a therapeutic tool, women are provided the opportunity to write poems and short stories that assist in processing traumatic events through writing exercises.This is an inspiring educational program taught each week by 2 volunteers, and a Professor and Author from Seattle University. The rules for engagement are defined and inmates agree to a code of conduct including confidentiality, allowing everyone an opportunity to speak, respecting each other as well as the instructors, listening to each other, and sharing together. Themes of pain are common as inmates reflect and allow themselves to feel their truth, express themselves and tell their stories through this creative writing skills class. The process of sharing and writing has proven to be a catalyst for change and therapeutic tool in the recovery process of personal healing. The women write poems, stories, and personal themes, expressing pain and abuse from childhood and family, past relationships, and traumatic experiences in their lives.
  • Celebrate Recovery: Christ-centered, 12 step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, pain or addiction of any kind.
  • English as a Second Language: In collaboration with our local college, monolingual students are provided English as a Second Language instructions and testing.
  • Hepatitis C Education Providing education and information about male and female sexuality, healthy and safe sex practices, human biology, personal hygiene, infectious diseases, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV and AIDS exposure, life threatening illnesses, is the primary focus of these classes. Slide presentations, group discussions, examples, and question answer format are used to help address the issues raised in the workshops, which makes it easy for the inmates to participate and learn, in a safe and supportive learning environment.
  • High School Completion: Local public-school teachers provide high school instruction and provide high school credit to individuals 18-21 years of age.Upon completion of high school curriculum, a high school diploma is awarded.
  • HS 21+: A competency-based high school diploma program for adult learners 21 and older who do not have a high school diploma or equivalency. Adults demonstrate competencies in reading, writing and math contextualized in science, history, government, occupational studies, and digital literacy.
  • Incarcerated Veterans Reentry Services: Reentry case management services that offers alternatives to jail and referral to housing, employment services, and treatment. Programs and services available upon release include mental health assessments and counseling, referrals for alcohol drug and substance abuse treatment, domestic violence treatment and support services, court advocacy representation, transitional and clean sober housing, food and meal vouchers, job placements and employment, reinstatement of driver’s license and social security number. Case Managers are cleared for jail access and meet one on one with incarcerated Veterans to assess and determine their individual needs on a case by case basis.
  • Job Training: In collaboration with a local non-profit, participants receive instruction and practice in the areas of communication, interviewing, resume writing, dialogue regarding their criminal history, and writing.
  • King County Superior Court Parents for Parents Program:Peer education about Dependency Court involvement and guidance for incarcerated parents through the process of regaining custody of their children. The Parent for Parent Program focuses on wrap around services to support Moms and Dads with housing, parenting classes, relationship skills training and counseling, and emphasis on family reunification.
  • Release Planning: General population resource information groups.
  • Read to Me Program: To create or strengthen a bond between a parent and a and incarcerated parent, the parent receives information regarding the importance of reading to their children.Completion of the course provides the parent to record a video of the parent reading a book to their child.The recording is sent to their child along with a copy of the book.
  • Shanti – Empathic Emotional Support Program:Social workers offer emotional support to participants in need of grief processing. This empathic program focuses on providing emotional support and compassion to inmates housed on all floors throughout the jail that are affected with HIV/Aids and/or inflicted with other life threatening illnesses and life limiting conditions, example terminal cancer, life sentences, isolation, suicide ideation, depression, despondent. The sole focus of Shanti Case Managers is to engage through the learned art of listening to hear and understand, and to provide emotional support to inmates by creating and developing a relationship of mutual respect based in sincere trust. Patient confidentiality is an integral part of the relationship between patient and volunteer, per HIPPA regulations. These emotional support services are provided every weekend when Shanti Case Managers visit one on one with inmates in the Attorney Conference Room on each floor.
  • Tutoring Program: In collaboration with Adult Basic Education teachers tutoring is provided to students who require one on one learning for the purposes of GED testing, HS Diploma credit completion, ESL, or for increasing literacy skills for successful classroom participation.
  • Various Faith-based Groups: Faith based volunteers provide religious services, religious based guidance, spiritual support, prayer and meditation, reading materials and individual counseling. Including Buddhist, Judaism, Muslim, Christian Science, Jehovah Witness, Mormon, Catholic, Protestant; provide Religious Guidance, Spiritual Support, Prayer and Meditation to inmates. Faith based programs are scheduled weekly in groups and or individually with Protestant Chaplain, Catholic Priest, Muslim Imam, Buddhist Priestess, Mormon Bishop, etc. DAJD supports the diverse faith practice needs of incarcerated adults, per Federal Government and WA. State Department of Corrections Religious, Multi Faith and Secular Practice Guidelines, enforced within Jail Operations safety and security code of conduct mandates. Various religious texts, brochures and reading materials are distributed to inmates.
  • Yoga Behind Bars: Movement, breathing and stretching are used to teach participants tools that can enhance their peace, tranquility and behavior.These group sessions work under the goal of improved stress management. Inmate workers housed on 8-South Wing participate in these yoga exercises to release and rejuvenate and allow themselves to be present within – connected and grounded. 6 Yoga Instructors are scheduled to teach this ancient art form every Friday Night and 2 weekends per month. The men are well behaved, respectful and appreciate these classes.

In-person visitation remains suspended at our adult correctional facilities as a precaution to limit COVID-19. This includes onsite video kiosks.

The state of Washington and King County have lifted many pandemic restrictions, but our public health experts recognize that correctional facilities and other congregate settings are higher-risk environments where masks, social distancing and other measures continue to be in our community’s best interest.

The Department of Adult & Juvenile Detention and our public health partners are exploring a return to in-person visitation, but only when we are confident that we can do so safely.

We do offer video visitation through our vendor, Securus (FAQ: or call 877-578-3658). We are providing six free video visits per week (max one/day). More information below.

There are no restrictions at this time for professional visits. 

Video Visitation at Adult Facilities

Family and friends can schedule video visitation sessions each week at no cost. Detailed instructions can be found on the Visiting Information webpage.

For more information call Securus at 1-877-578-3658 or visit at Find information on visiting adult inmates at the Seattle or Kent jail. If you don't know which facility is housing an inmate, use our Jail Inmate Lookup Service to find their location. Please be advised that public video visits and inmate telephone calls are recorded and subject to monitoring.

Video Visitation at the Children and Family Justice Center

Video visitation at the Children and Family Justice Center is available at no cost. You can sign up for Securus Video Visitation or you the free Securus mobile app for Apple or Google Play devices.

Parents and Guardians can follow these steps:

  1. Create an account by going to or downloading the free Securus APP on your smartphone or tablet
  2. Request access to youth by using their ID number
  3. Schedule an appointment.

Video Visitation for Attorneys

If you are an attorney, follow the “Getting Started” instructions and when prompted, select “Attorney” for private video visitation sessions. You will be required to provide your Bar ID which will be validated by department staff. You must complete this process to ensure private video sessions are not recorded.

For more information call Securus at 1-877-578-3658 or visit at

Over 300 community volunteers provide religious services, counseling, alcohol and drug treatment support, adult basic education, GED prep, and support upon release for inmates. To volunteer, call the Program Office at 206-477-6095 or email us at