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The Juvenile Detention Center is located in the King County Youth Services Center at 1211 E. Alder St. in Seattle's Central District, near the main campus of Seattle University.

King County Youth Services Center
1211 E. Alder St.
Seattle, WA 98122

By Bus
Parking is limited at the Youth Services Center. Visitors are encouraged to use public transit. King County Metro routes 3 and 4 serve the area. Use Metro's Trip Planner for more detailed directions.

By Car
The Youth Services Center is located on 12th Avenue between Jefferson Street and East Yesler Way. From I-5 North or South, take the James Street exit, travel east past Swedish Medical Center and Seattle University. Turn right on 12th Avenue and continue for a quarter-mile. The Youth Services Center is on the east side of 12th Avenue.

Limited free visitor parking is available in the Youth Services Center parking lot, located in front of the building. Two-hour free street parking is also available near the Youth Services Center.

Monday through Friday
3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Saturday and Sunday
9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

No visitation allowed between the hours of:

11:00 AM and 12:00 PM
6:15 PM and 6:45 PM

Visits may be delayed by the Detention meal schedule.  Meals are served in Detention between 11:30 AM-12:00 PM and 5:00 PM and 5:30 PM

Visitors are required to follow these guidelines when visiting detention:

  • Visits may be up to 30 minutes long
  • Each youth may have visitors up to three times per week
  • Only parents and guardians and children under the age of eight may visit
  • No food, clothing, money, or personal items may be brought into the visiting area

The King County Sheriff's Office provides security screening at the main entrance of the Youth Services Center. Do not bring weapons of any kind to the facility. State laws regarding smoking and the possession of tobacco are strictly enforced.

Child care is not available at the Youth Services Center. If possible, it is best not to bring other children when coming to the Youth Services Center. If you do bring children with you to detention, remember that only children under eight years of age are allowed into detention visiting.

Detention Screening
206-205-9594 (24 hours a day / 7 days a week)
Call detention screening if your child is arrested and you need to know the child's detention status and next hearing date and time.

Detention Information
206-205-9565 (24 hours a day / 7 days a week)
For other detention related information

General Information
206-205-9500 (24 hours a day / 7 days a week)
Recorded information about different programs and offices, including address, directions, probation, courthouse hours, hearing information, Prosecutor's Office, and other information.

Probation Information
If you know the youth's assigned probation counselor, you may contact that officer directly. If not, you may call the main receptionist at 206-205-9500 to be transferred to the correct person.

Juvenile Courthouse Main Floor Receptionist
Receptionist available from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Youth in detention may not receive phone calls. However, they are allowed to place collect phone calls on a regular basis.

You may send mail to youth in detention. All mail will be opened, reviewed, and screened for inappropriate content.

Mail may be sent to the following address:

Youth's Name
c/o King County Juvenile Detention
1211 E. Alder St.
Seattle, WA 98122

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.