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Visitation is an important component of a youth’s stay in a detention or residential facility, and it is encouraged and supported by DJJ staff.

Parents, grandparents, and legal guardians are approved visitors. Others may only visit if so ordered by the court or specifically approved by the Superintendent or designee. A youth's assigned Juvenile Probation Officer should be contacted to approve both visitation list additions and special visitation arrangements.

Legal counsel, probation, law enforcement, clergy and other professionals may visit youth outside of regularly established visitation times as necessary, and are subject to any requirements regarding signing-in and contraband.

All visitors are subject to electronic search. Visitors shall not bring personal items (e.g. keys, purses, packages, etc.) into the secure area. The introduction of any unauthorized items into a detention facility is a 3rd degree felony.

Visitation Policy

All visitors will be required to sign-in and sign-out on the Visitor’s Log of the youth being visited. 

Visitors shall be denied entrance if they:

  • Are disruptive or uncooperative; 
  • Refuse to be searched;
  • Refuse to comply with officer instructions;
  • Are under the influence or appear to be under the influence of any intoxicating substance;
  • Fail to present proper photo identification;
  • Attempt to introduce contraband to the secure area; and/or
  • Are dressed in inappropriate attire as outlined in the Facility Operating Procedures and as posted at the facility entrance.

Visitation may be terminated if the behavior of the visitor or of the youth is disruptive or not in compliance with facility policies and procedures. The termination of a visit may lead to the suspension of future visitation privileges at the discretion of the Superintendent.

Any questions that a visitor may have regarding a youth’s case or charges should be referred to the youth's assigned Juvenile Probation Officer. Other questions should be referred to the on-duty JJDO Supervisor.

Visitation shall take place in a designated area or room of the facility that contributes to a safe and secure environment. Visitation room or areas and any other common area shall be searched both prior to and following visitation to ensure the absence of any hazardous or dangerous items or items that would be considered contraband.