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Emergency Actions at Correctional Facilities for COVID-19 Outbreak

Acciones de emergencia implementadas en las instalaciones penitenciarias debido al brote de COVID-19 (PDF)

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.

Taking action to ensure everyone's health and safety

Here are some of the emergency actions we have taken so far to promote social distancing as directed by King County’s Health Officer and to slow the virus’ spread:

Adult Division

  • We have cancelled public visitation at correctional facilities. This includes onsite video kiosks. Video visits are now available at no cost to users. Professional window visitations and face-to-face visitation will continue as normal.  
  • We have cancelled group activities and are exploring options to continue access to programs like education and religious services, while still promoting social distancing.
  • We are offering increased access to other existing recreational programs and activities, including cards, games, books, movies, and recreation yard, as appropriate.
  • We have transferred inmates who are not symptomatic but who are at a higher risk for severe complications from COVID-19 – those 60 and older with underlying health conditions – to a housing unit at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent to reduce exposure to the larger population.
  • We have increased cleaning at both facilities.
  • We have enhanced screening at the pre-booking area, with Jail Health Services staff conducting further evaluations if someone exhibits symptoms before booking begins.
  • We are screening all staff members and professional visitors when they arrive at the facility.
  • If someone in custody tests positive for COVID-19, we will practice the same procedures we do for similar outbreaks. We will isolate any person in custody who is ill, use appropriate personal protective equipment, and use infection control measures to reduce the risk of transmission. 

Juvenile Division

  • We have temporarily suspended all face-to-face visitation. Youth can connect with parents and guardians with free phone calls and video visitations.
  • While Seattle Public Schools are closed, youth are still following the school schedule and engaging in educational activities.
  • Youth are still participating in religious services while practicing social distancing. We are exploring ways to offer live streaming and remote visitation options.
  • We have increased cleaning at the facility.
  • We have enhanced screening when youth are admitted to the facility, with health clinic staff conducting further evaluations if youth exhibit symptoms.
  • We are screening all staff members and professional visitors when they arrive at the facility. 
  • Instead of in-person visits, we encourage you to use the video visitation option. Contact Securus Video Visitation at 1-877-578-3658 or go to www.videovisitanywhere.com to sign up for “Anywhere Video Visitation.”

We will keep you updated

We understand these actions will affect all of those who receive or provide services at our correctional facilities. We believe these changes, based on guidance from Public Health -- Seattle & King County, will improve the safety for everyone.

We will post updates on this website. For the latest on King County’s response to the pandemic, go to Public Health Insider.


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.

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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.

Youth Services Center

The King County Youth Services Center (YSC) houses the Juvenile Detention Center, Juvenile Court, and Juvenile Court services as 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.

King County Youth Services Center

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.