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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 Maleng Regional Justice Center (MRJC) is a direct supervision jail located at 620 West James Street in Kent, Washington. The MRJC opened its doors on March 24, 1997 and currently employs over 300 correctional staff.

Regional Justice Center - Kent Jail

King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention
Maleng Regional Justice Center - MRJC Kent   

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620 W. James St.
Kent, WA 98032
206-296-1234

From downtown Seattle to the Maleng Regional Justice Center:Take I-5 Southbound to the Kent/Des Moines exit, turning left off the exit and proceeding down the hill into Kent. You will be on Highway 516. Stay on Highway 516 to Fourth Avenue. Turn left on Fourth Avenue and proceed about one mile to James Street. Turn left on James Street. Take the next left and enter the parking garage.

From Highway 167 to the Maleng Regional Justice Center:
Take the Willis Street exit and proceed east to Fourth Avenue. Turn left on Fourth Avenue, and proceed about one mile to James Street. Turn left on James Street. Take the next left and enter the parking garage.

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 people who prefer to engage in independent study, education packets are provided on 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 are readily available for people in custody to read and refer to as they allow themselves to reflect on and draw from one another’s experiences in recovery.
  • Basic Life Skills Program: Behavioral modification education through Christian principles. Behaviors addressed include self esteem, anger management, respect, communication, and work ethic.
  • Creative Expressions and Recreation: A variety of recreational activities are offered for inmates on a daily basis including arts and crafts, board games and access to facility exercise.
  • Celebrate Recovery: Christ-centered, 12-step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, pain or addiction of any kind.
  • Custodial Training Program: Ten-week course on facility cleaning techniques and proper equipment use. At the conclusion of the course students are granted a certificate, resource information and job referrals/placement upon reentry through local partners.
  • English as a Second Language: In collaboration with our local college, monolingual students are provided English as a Second Language instructions and testing.
  • High School Completion: Local public school teachers provide high school instruction and high school credit to individuals 18-21 years old. Participants earn a high-school diploma upon completing the curriculum.
  • Incarcerated Veterans Reentry Services: Reentry case management offers alternatives to jail and housing referrals, 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-and-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 their individual needs on a case-by-case basis.
  • Job Training: In collaboration with a local nonprofit, 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 wraparound 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.
  • Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release: In collaboration with a local nonprofit, students are offered a life-skills curriculum in conjunction with employment-related skills to provide a higher opportunity for successful stable employment upon reentry. Participants in LEAP are mostly sentenced and have a set reentry date that allows for active job search during their incarceration and active communication with potential employers.
  • Substance Use Disorder: A modified Therapeutic Community that uses a social model which views substance abuse as a symptom of a larger need. Treatment is seen as the process of experiential learning including direct confrontation of the individual’s values, behaviors and attitudes.
  • Transitional Recovery Program (TRP): A 60-day intensive in-custody substance abuse treatment program for individuals referred by the Drug Diversion Court. Screening and acceptance into the program occur through the judicial system.
  • 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. Includes Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Christian Science, Jehovah's 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 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 for Women: 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.
  • Veterans: Veterans who have become involved with the criminal legal system have the opportunity to engage in programming that addresses veteran-specific needs, including:
    • Civil Legal Aid Clinic: Legal aid that assists in resolving veteran needs such as discharge status upgrade, benefit adjustments, and VA needs.
    • Compassionate Communication: A three-day quarterly workshop that facilitates the development of interpersonal conflict-resolution skills through a series of exercises.
    • Hero’s Journey: Focusing on short-story writing and character roles, veterans reflect on their lives and connect characters in their personal stories that create positive and negative impacts in their lives.
    • Reentry Planning Group: WDVA partners provide guidance regarding veteran-specific benefits available to individuals upon reentry. Veterans get the opportunity to complete service application in anticipation of their release.
    • Stress Relief and Mindfulness Education: Engaging in rhythmic exercise to relieve stress. Participants use mindful exercises that fully engage the participant in the present moment, paying attention to how the body feels rather than daily worries or concerns.
    • Transitions: Military to Civilian Employment: An opportunity for veterans to update their resumes to civilian skill sets while receiving a refresher course on daily life skills and employment expectations.

 

Adjacent to the Regional Justice Center in the South King County Courthouse are:

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: https://securus.custhelp.com/app/answers/list 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 http://securus.custhelp.com/app/answers/list 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 www.videovisitanywhere.com 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 http://securus.custhelp.com/app/answers/list

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 Volunteer.DAJD@KingCounty.gov.