It is the policy of the Elkhart County Juvenile Detention Center to allow personal visitation of juveniles for their emotional and psychological well-being. However, when there is a reason to believe a visit presents a substantial danger to the health or well-being of a visitor or other person or the safety or security of the facility, visiting privileges may be denied or revoked. Visits may also be monitored for safety/security reasons at any time.
To help ensure the safety, health and well-being of residents, visitors, and staff, the following regulations have been instituted:
- Appointments may be made by telephone (574-534-1312) or in person. Visitations are conducted on Sunday, Wednesday, and Saturday by appointment only and are limited to one visit per week with a maximum of 2 visitors. Only scheduled and approved visitors will be permitted to visit.
- Routine visitation shall be limited to parents, step-parents, and legal guardians. Ministers may visit with parental approval.
- Appropriate identification will be required of each visitor (picture identification, such as a driver's license).
- Visitors shall be orderly, not under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs, and shall obey all facility rules as posted.
- Coats, other outer garments, purses, cell phones, electronic devices and other personal items not necessary for a visit shall not be allowed into the visiting area of the facility.
- Personal visitors will be wanded.
- Nothing shall be given directly to a juvenile. Any item a visitor wants given to a resident shall be given to the staff prior to entering the secure area of the facility to be checked and approved. Weapons (guns, knives, etc.), cell phones or other personal electronic devices, cigarettes, lighters, matches, other smoking items, drugs (prescription or not), and any other item which residents are not allowed to have, shall not be brought into the facility.
- At any time there is reason to believe that a visitor has brought an item into the facility which is not allowed, the visitor is subject to being searched by staff. Failure to comply with the search request shall result in the person's visiting privileges being revoked.
- Any visitor who violates any of these guidelines can lose their visiting privileges and be subject to criminal prosecution if the circumstances warrant it.
- Visitors may braid or cut (with clippers) residents hair during visitation with approval from the staff on duty. This can be denied in certain circumstances.
- Personal visits may be monitored by audio.