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Visitation

Law Enforcement Visitation

PROTOCOL FOR IN-PERSON VISITATION BY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AT DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE FACILITIES:

Effective June 20, 2021 until further notice

1. Law enforcement officer shall contact the facility to provide notice and schedule an in-person interview with a youth/staff in order to ascertain availability of the designated interview area. Unless an emergency situation is present, availability of youth for interviews shall be during normal business hours (8:30 am-4:30 pm) subject to facility schedule of education and treatment engagements and limited to the best interest of the child. The facility reserves the right to request a rescheduling or deny entry if the designated meeting area is not available. In-person interview scheduling will be suspended during instances of a facility being off-line due to a positive COVID case. (Please refer to DJJ facility contact sheet list for contact information for each DJJ facility.)

2. Law enforcement officer shall present COVID vaccination card at the time of entry into the facility. Entry into the facility will not be permitted without presentation of the COVID vaccination card at the time of visitation. Vaccination card must reflect that the individual has been fully vaccinated. An individual is considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

3. Law enforcement officer may have the option of conducting virtual interview with a youth/staff if an in-person interview is not feasible.

4. Law enforcement officer shall be subject to a temperature check and symptom survey upon entry into the facility. If a fever or symptoms(s) is present, law enforcement officer shall leave the facility immediately.

5. Law enforcement officer will not visit facility if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms: 1) Fever; 2) Cough; 3) Shortness of Breath; 4) Chills; 5) Muscle Pain; 6) Sore Throat; 7) New Loss of Taste or Smell; 8) Runny Nose; and 9) Gastrointestinal Symptoms (Vomiting, Diarrhea, etc.) or have had a recent exposure to COVID-19.

6. Law enforcement officer shall wear a mask at all times within a facility and adhere to CDC guidelines and only meet with youth/staff in the designated area.

7. Law enforcement officer shall notify the DJJ facility superintendent immediately if contacted by a contact tracer; test positive for COVID-19; or experience COVID-19 symptoms within 14 days after a visit.

8. Protocol shall not apply to law enforcement officers transporting youth to and from facility, executing a warrant or court order, or situations of emergency requiring law enforcement assistance.