Detention Facility


Island County Detention is a secure facility for persons under the age of 18. Youth are detained for offenses which range from probation violations to felony charges.


Visitation schedules and details are as follows:

  • 6-8 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 pm on weekends and holidays
  • Visitation by attorneys, social workers, mental health specialists, and caseworkers are permitted at any time.
  • Personal visits are allowed for parents and legal guardians only
  • The detainee has the right to refuse any visit not required by the court.

Visitation is a privilege and can be denied if the detainees’ behavior warrants, except for visits with their attorney. Visitors who cannot provide proper identification or who appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be denied the opportunity to visit.

All visitors’ personal items must be secured in the lock boxes in the lobby. This includes purses, pagers, keys, cigarettes, lighters, etc. There is a 25-cent deposit for use of the lock boxes refunded upon retrieval of belongings.

At no time will visitors give anything to detainees. Items such as school work or medication must be given to a detention officer or the detainees’ probation counselor. Visitors must abide by all rules or risk having their visitation suspended.


  • While in detention, youth are given the opportunity to participate in:
  • School programming - Coupeville School District 204
  • Religious services
  • Gender specific programming
  • Structured gymnasium program


The Detention Volunteer Program allows life skills and responsibility to be taught by members of our community. Community involvement is a critical piece of providing guidance and understanding to the youth in our detention facility.

Island County Juvenile Court is interested in volunteers with disciplinary skills that may benefit our community's youth. These skills could include spirituality, healthy living, recovery support, self-esteem building or other ability that may support our youth.

To be most successful, we would like to find individuals who are:

  • Mature, responsible and objective
  • Willing to invest in making a difference with our community's youth
  • Able to dedicate their time to volunteering
  • Patient and understanding in their work with at-risk youth
  • Have good communication skills

If you answered "yes" to the above questions, then becoming a detention volunteer may be a volunteer opportunity for you.

As a detention volunteer, you will be able to provide the support, guidance, and skills needed to contribute to the quality of life for our youth, as well as our community. All volunteers are thoroughly screened, supervised, and trained in juvenile detention procedures.

Volunteer Application

To apply to be a volunteer for Juvenile & Family Court Services, please complete and return the volunteer application. For information, call Carolyn Pence at 360-679-7325 or email her.