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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.


The King County Juvenile Division is responsible for the care and custody of youth in detention. State law requires King County to provide a juvenile detention facility.

King County uses detention sparingly and only for the most serious or violent crimes and high-risk offenders. While in detention, youth attend school and have access to a wide range of programs and services. The focus is on rehabilitation, not punishment, and ensuring community safety. King County is committed to helping youth involved in Juvenile Court develop into healthy, productive adults.

Visiting Juvenile Detention

  • Contact information
  • Directions and parking
  • Visiting hours and guidelines

About Juvenile Detention

  • Mission and vision
  • Who may be detained?
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Volunteering

Rehabilitative Services

  • Education
  • Programs and services
  • Alternatives to Secure Detention (ASD)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Zero Youth Detention

The Road Map to Zero Youth Detention is King County's strategic plan to not only further reduce the use of secure detention for youth, but to launch this County on a journey to eliminate it.