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A Day in the Life of Detention


Welcome to Clallam County Juvenile Services! Our facility is located at 1912 West 18th Street, Port Angeles, Washington, 98363. The following pictures and text depict what one might expect during a typical day as a resident of the center. The Detention Facility operates 24 hours a day and is fully secured. (Photo 1)

Most juveniles enter the Juvenile Services Detention Facility via police escort having been picked up on a recent offense or an outstanding warrant or court order. The Sally Port is the security entrance used by Law Enforcement. Police Dispatch calls the Control Room to inform the staff that an officer is in route with a juvenile. The Control Room Officer electronically opens the gate to allow the officer's car to enter, parking just inside the secure gate. The gate then closes before the officer allows the youth to exit the vehicle. (Photos 2,3)

The youth is removed from the police vehicle and led to the exterior slider of the intake hall. The Control Room Officer again enables entry into the first slider entrance of the intake hallway. Once that door has closed behind the parties, the second slider is electronically opened and you are finally inside the intake hallway of the Detention Facility. (Photos 4,5)

First the youth's handcuffs are removed, they are asked to remove his/her shoes, belt, jewelry and all personal belongings from pockets then they are patted down. A metal detector is then used after pat-down to ensure that nothing was missed. General information is taken at this point and then the youth is ushered into the showering area. Soap, shampoo and towels are passed to you through a two way door. After the youth is finished showering, he/she will be issued clothing including socks, underclothes, sweatpants, T-shirt and sweatshirt. The Intake Officer then continues taking all pertinent information and records the data on the computer. (Photo 6)

A cell and bedding are then issued to the youth. He/she will then be lead into one of four dormitory areas known as "Pods", A, B, C, and D. A and C Pod have four cells, B and D have five cells. Each pod has one cell that houses two beds, all other cells house one bed. Pods are segregated based on gender types. Each cell is furnished with a built-in bunks, a desk with stool, a sink and a toilet. Per policy if cells are available youth are not to be doubled up. The facility only puts two youth in a double room if we are at maximum capacity. (Photos 7,8,9)

If a youth is violent or otherwise uncooperative during intake they may be placed in the Padded Cell where they will be unable to hurt themselves or others. After they have calmed down, they will be released from the Padded Cell and intake procedures will commence. (Photos 10,11)

If another youth arrives at the same time during intake or if a youth is waiting to be released, they will be held in one of two cells called "Holding A" or "Holding B" or "Interview A/Interview B"*. These are cells located in the intake hallway. Sometimes these cells are used to hold youth when the facility is at maximum capacity. (photos 12,13)

Two Segregation Rooms are located directly off the Control Room. Youths who act out or are at risk to harm themselves or others are placed in these rooms and are under 24 hour direct supervision. (Photos 14,15)

Youths are released from their rooms at approximately 7:00 a.m. for breakfast which is served in the cafeteria. Youths are released from their individual cells, travel through the electronically secured doors separating the pods from each other and the hallway, and finally pass through the door into the cafeteria/dining room. (Photos 16,17)

After breakfast, youths go back to their rooms until school starts, approximately 8:30 a.m.. School takes place in the school room off of the gymnasium. Again, youths exit their cells, the pod, travel through along the secure hallway, through the electronic door into the gymnasium. Another secure door separates the classroom from the gymnasium. (Photo 18)

The classroom is divided into two sections: desks fill one half of the classroom while the second half is a dedicated computer lab.

The classroom is basically divided into three subsections. One area is furnished with cafeteria type tables where students do most of their work. (Photos 19,20)

The third area is a secure area for the teacher and the teacher's assistant. This room is surrounded by windows on all sides so that the teachers can see the students at all times. The room is secured by two electronic doors, one on the classroom side and one on the computer room side.

School starts at approximately 8:30 a.m.. There is a short bathroom break at 9:30 a.m.. Students remain in the classroom then until about 10:30 a.m. when they are lead back to their cells for an in-room break until about 10:45. Lunch is served in the cafeteria about 11:30 a.m.. Youths are then led back to their rooms until school starts up again at 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. (Photo 21)

After school youths are led back to their assigned Pods where they are allowed "free-time". During this time youths may use the collect phone and watch movies (rated "G" or "PG").

Dinner is served between 4:15 and 4:30, back in the cafeteria. Youths are also required to clean their cells daily and must take mandatory showers. (Photos 22,23)

If a youth is in custody and needs to appear in court they will be placed in leg restraints and escorted through the sliders leading to the Visitor's Entrance hallway. A secure holding cell is located off the hallway, with the courtroom on the other side. A Detention Officer remains with the youth in the holding cell until the Judge is ready for their case. The youth will then be ushered out of the cell into the courtroom. When their case has been heard they are escorted back to detention. Youth generally appear in Court the business day following their arrest. (Photos 24, 25, 26)

Weekend and evening schedules vary a little bit based on what "Level" a youth is on. Youths may be allowed some recreation time on the weekends in the gymnasium or the outdoor yard which is secured by fences and Concertina wire (also known as razor wire). (Photos 27, 28, 29)

Visitors (parents and legal guardians only) enter the Detention Facility through the Visitor's Entrance, (see Visiting Hours and Restrictions as explained in All You Ever Wanted to Know About Detention). At this entrance visitors must intercom the Detention Officer in the Control to gain admittance. Visitors pass through the first secure sliding door where they leave their personal belongings in lockers. The second slider is then opened and they walk down the corridor to the slider doors leading into the Detention area. (Photos 31, 30, 32)

At the "sliders," a Detention Officer meets visitors and shows them where to leave their coats. The visitor is screened with a metal detector at this time. The officer then leads the visitor into the first passage way, with the slider closing behind them. The second door is then electronically opened, allowing them entrance into the facility. The visitor is lead to the cafeteria area where visitation takes place. Visitors exit in the same fashion. Youths are patted down after all visitations. (Photos 35, 33)

A Detention Officer is in the visitation room during visitation hours. The Control Room officer stationed in the Control Room located across the hall from the dining/visitation area also observes visitation via audio and video surveillance. (Photo 34)

Juvenile and Family Services
1912 West 18th Street
Port Angeles, WA 98363
360-417-2282
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