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Department of Adult & Juvenile Detention

Operating safe, secure, and humane detention facilities and community corrections programs
Department of Adult &
Juvenile Detention

Administration
King County Courthouse
516 Third Avenue,
Room E245
Seattle, WA 98104
Office hours:
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
King County DAJD

    King County Correctional Facility - Seattle

  King County Correctional Facility - Seattle Jail

About the facility

The King County Jail, Seattle Division is located at 500 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA. The facility became operational in 1986 and currently employs over 350 correctional staff.              

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Directions, Contacts

King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention
King County Correctional Facility - KCCF Seattle  map (external link)  

500 5th Ave.
Seattle, WA  98104
(206) 296-1234

From north of downtown Seattle to the King County Correctional Facility:
Take I-5 Southbound to the James Street exit, turning right on James Street. Turn left on 5th Avenue. The facility's entrance is located at the northwest corner of Fifth Avenue and James Street. A variety of public parking facilities are located in the immediate area.

From south of downtown Seattle to the King County Correctional Facility:
Take I-5 Northbound to the James Street exit, turning left on James Street. Turn left on 5th Avenue. The facility's entrance is located at the northwest corner of Fifth Avenue and James Street. A variety of public parking facilities are located in the immediate area.

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KCCF Inmate Programs

The Programs Office Staff, Contracted Consultants, Agency Service Providers, Case Managers and Volunteers involve the community during the incarceration period of an inmate in order to facilitate an opportunity for change and greater success for the inmate when in transition from custody back to the community.

  • Volunteers, Agency Service Providers and Community-Based Groups: 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 and readily available for inmates to read and refer to as they allow themselves to reflect and draw from each other’s experiences in recovery together.

  • Numerous Christian Faith / Multi Faith / Secular Practice, Religious Service Groups and Bible Study Programs: including Buddhist, Judaism, Muslim, Christian Science, Jehovah 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 practice 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.

  • Educational Curriculum, Literacy Services and Independent Study Programs: Seattle Central Community College, Seattle Public Schools & Inter-Agency, Literacy Source, and the University of Washington Learning Service Pipeline Project, provides ABE GED / ESL / Tutoring / Independent Study and GED Certification.   Basic Education Classes are available to both men and women, who have not completed high school diplomacy and or GED course requirements.  6 Instructors and 20 tutors are inspired to “build bridges to break down barriers,” as they commit to inspiring, motivating, encouraging and supporting inmates through a process of literacy, learning, achieving and accomplishing educational outcomes.  GED testing is scheduled each week on Thursday and Monday.  More inmates graduate each quarter every quarter year after year with a GED Certificate compared to SCCC whom DAJD contracts with.  Adults and Juveniles participate in 58-hours each week of scheduled education classes, one on one tutoring, independent study materials, and GED Testing.

  • Literacy Source Non-profit provides education classes with a focus on Transitions and Life Skills / Mentoring / Critical Thinking / Problem Solving and learning modules based on personal accountability and responsibility, to assist students when released to community reentry.

  • Creative Writing Skills for Women / Afternoon and Evening Classes: This is an inspiring educational program taught each week by 2 volunteers, and a Professor and Author from Seattle University.  The rules for engagement are defined and inmates agree to a code of conduct including confidentiality, allowing everyone an opportunity to speak, respecting each other as well as the instructors, listening to each other, and sharing together.   Themes of pain are common as inmates reflect and allow themselves to feel their truth, express themselves and tell their stories through this creative writing skills class.  The process of sharing and writing has proven to be a catalyst for change and therapeutic tool in the recovery process of personal healing.  The women write poems, stories, and personal themes, expressing pain and abuse from childhood and family, past relationships, and traumatic experiences in their lives.

  • KC Superior Court Parents for Parents Program and Dependency Rights and Advocacy: A former incarcerated Mother with first-hand experience regaining custody of her child and appointed by the KC Superior Court Judge, provides guidance, education, information and support to Moms and Dads in jail, assisting them to become empowered and learn how to regain custody of their children upon release to community.   The Parent for Parent Program focuses on wrap around services to support Moms and Dads with housing, parenting classes, relationship skills training and counseling, and emphasis on family reunification.

  • Health Education Programs – Hepatitis C and Healthy Sexuality: Providing education and information about male and female sexuality, healthy and safe sex practices, human biology, personal hygiene, infectious diseases, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV and AIDS exposure, life threatening illnesses, is the primary focus of these classes.   Slide presentations, group discussions, examples, and question answer format are used to help address the issues raised in the workshops, which makes it easy for the inmates to participate and learn, in a safe and supportive learning environment.

  • Shanti – Empathic Emotional Support Program: This empathic program focuses on providing emotional support and compassion to inmates housed on all floors throughout the jail that are affected with HIV/Aids and/or inflicted with other life threatening illnesses and life limiting conditions, example terminal cancer, life sentences, isolation, suicide ideation, depression, despondent.  The sole focus of Shanti Case Managers is to engage through the learned art of listening to hear and understand, and to provide emotional support to inmates by creating and developing a relationship of mutual respect based in sincere trust.   Patient confidentiality is an integral part of the relationship between patient and volunteer, per HIPPA regulations.   These emotional support services are provided every weekend when Shanti Case Managers visit one on one with inmates in the Attorney Conference Room on each floor. 

  • King County Public Health – MOM’s Project / Pregnant Women & Prenatal Care / Women’s Well-Being Outreach Program: Every week, a nurse and social worker from KC Public Health visit the 9th floor and conduct assessments of women who are pregnant, have drug and substance abuse related issues and needing prenatal care.   The pregnant women and Moms to be, are monitored and checked regularly during their time in jail.   Upon release these women are offered ongoing support services to assist them while they deal with the stresses of transitioning back to the community and preparing themselves for childbirth.  Pregnant, post-partum and Moms impacted by substance abuse related issues are all served under the umbrella of this outreach program funded through King County Public Health.

  • Mary’s Place Non-Profit Support Services – Recovery for Women in the Sex Industry: Committed volunteers, some who have been former prostitutes and street workers, provide information and offer resources and referral services to women who have worked in the sex industry.  The volunteers are able to identify with and provide nonjudgmental support to women in jail, allowing them to share and relate together about their circumstances, as well as inspire change for a different life upon release from custody – a new beginning and fresh start.  Raising their children, reclaiming self-respect, finding employment to economically self-sustain are subjects the women discuss together as they re-define their experiences in a safe supportive environment as they learn to take back their power and become empowered.

  • Mary’s Mentoring, Empowering and Family Reunification Program: Case Manager Mary, provides a supportive and nurturing program, where women learn together about each other’s experiences, how to become empowered, setting healthy boundaries, saying “No”, taking responsibility for themselves and their children, gaining courage and confidence to end and leave abusive relationships, defining future plans for when they transition from custody to community, become gainfully employed, managing their own money and resources, and finding safe housing for themselves and their children.

  • Yoga Behind Bars and Prison Smart Art of Living Yoga: Music and movement, breathing and stretching, peace and tranquility dominate during these focused group sessions.  Inmate workers housed on 8-South Wing participate in these yoga exercises to release and rejuvenate and allow themselves to be present within – connected and grounded.   6 Yoga Instructors are scheduled to teach this ancient art form every Friday Night and 2 weekends per month.  The men are well behaved, respectful and appreciate these classes.

  • Stress Management & Personal Empowerment: This program teaches inmates to focus and go inward to a safe place “inside”, and to emotionally self-nurture.   The instructor guides inmates through a process of “internal centering”, to self-reflect and to become a friend to himself / herself.    Emphasis is on the importance of “emotional boundaries” and “personal choice” and exercises such as slow deep breathing are used to demonstrate how to remain calm, in control, and personally empowered.

  • The Federal Government, WA State, & King County Incarcerated Veterans Project: The primary goals of these three programs are to provide case management and community based advocacy services to incarcerated men and women who are USA Veterans.  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 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 and determine their individual needs on a case by case basis. 

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Services in the vicinity of the King County Correctional Facility (KCCF)

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Interested in volunteering?

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) 296-1281. 
             
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