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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

CFJC Strategic Plan 2025

We’ve launched a new website to engage the public in the strategic planning process to close secure youth detention by 2025. Read more here.

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.



Juvenile Legal System Family Handbook

Leading with racial equity demands that the voices and experiences of those impacted are at the center of all practices, policies, and procedures implemented across King County. Zero Youth Detention (ZYD) is doing the work needed to effectively address systemic inequities and eliminate barriers to access within the juvenile legal system.

Navigating the juvenile legal system in King County is already proven to be difficult for most youth, guardians, and families. It becomes even harder when faced with language barriers, cultural differences, limited education, physical restrictions, disabilities, and other challenges.

The Juvenile Legal System Family Handbook focuses on helping family and guardians of impacted youth understand and navigate the King County Juvenile Legal System. It also provides links to additional resources and helpful information for community service providers working to support youth and families.

Youth, guardians, and families who do not have access to the internet, please email to request a printed copy.

Subscribe to the ZYD Newsletter for periodic updates on King County's work toward achieving Zero Youth Detention.