Detention Center Visitation Schedule and Rules

The following instructions are presented to assist a parent or legal guardian whose child is in the custody of the Pima County Juvenile Court Detention Center.  We urge parents and legal guardians to visit their child while he or she is in residence.  Any questions concerning general visitation procedures and schedules may be directed to 724-2150.

General Visitation Hours

Weekday Schedule

5:45-6:20 pm Registration and screening
6:30-7:30 pm Session 1
6:45-7:20 pm Registration and screening
7:40-8:40 pm Session 2

Weekend and Holiday Schedule

Visitation on weekends is conducted in eight half-hour sessions.  Each session is limited to 14 detainees. This weekend schedule is also used for the following holidays: New Year's Day, MLK/Civil Rights Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

8:45-9:20 am Registration and screening
9:30-10:30 am Session 1
11:45-12:20 pm Registration and screening
12:30-1:30 pm Session 2
2:45-3:20 pm Registration and screening
3:30-4:30 pm Session 3
5:45-6:20 pm Registration and screening
6:30-7:30 pm Session 4
6:45-7:20 pm Registration and screening
7:40-8:40 pm Session 5


Rules for General Visitation

1.       Parents or legal guardians may visit during general visitation hours.  Any other family member, or person over the age of 18, must have the permission of the detainee's Probation officer to visit during general visitation.  Each youth is permitted seven visits per week, one visit per day, and two visitors per visitation session, unless restrictions apply.

2.       All visitors must be registered and screened 20 - 45 minutes prior to the start of each general visitation session.  Late arrivals will be turned away or must wait for next registration and screening period.

3.       Visitation hours will not be extended beyond the regularly scheduled times.  Families will be accommodated on a "first come, first served" basis.  Due to seating limitations, some families may be turned away and asked to visit during a later session or on a different day.

4.       For everyone's safety, children cannot be left unattended, either inside or outside of the Juvenile Court building.  Please make childcare arrangements prior to your visit.

5.       Visitors will be required to show a pictured identification before being allowed to visit.

6.       Visitors will not be permitted to bring purses, backpacks, cell phones, pagers, electronic devices, books, magazines, tobacco products, drugs, weapons, etc., into the visitation area.  All items must be placed in a locker in the visitation area or locked in the visitor's vehicle.  (Smoking is prohibited in the Detention facility and anywhere on Juvenile Court property.)

7.       The exchange of any article with any youth is absolutely forbidden.  Youth are provided the basic essentials in Detention.  The only items accepted by the visitation officer prior to visitation are:

  • Prescription medications, in original container, with current expiration date
  • Clothing for out of county placement and/or CREW
  • Educational materials, requested by Detention educational services and meet Detention Guidelines
  • Nonprescription medications, requested by Detention medical staff
  • Postage Stamps

Parents and legal guardians are asked to hold all gifts (birthday, Christmas, etc.) until their child is released from Detention.  Cards and letters must be submitted through the U. S. Postal Service.

8.       All visitors will be screened with a metal detector and will not be admitted into the visitation area if they do not pass the screening.

9.       All visitors must be appropriately dressed.  This includes, but is not limited to, shoes, shorts/pants, and shirt.  Dress attire that is too revealing or that glorifies/promotes drugs, gangs, violence, or any type of socially unacceptable behavior will be considered inappropriate and a basis for denial of visitation. 

Visitor Dress Code:

  • Shorts no shorter than mid-thigh 
  • Skirts and dresses are allowed but must be knee length
  • Sheer, see-through clothing is prohibited
  • Tops shall be no lower than the underarm in the front and back.  Bare midriffs or strapless tops, tube tops, tank tops, body suits, muscle shirts, spandex or swimsuits are not permitted
  • Shoes must be worn at all times

10.       The following conditions are grounds for which a youth or a youth's visitor may lose visitation privileges:

  • If the youth's behavior in Detention warrants loss of visitation time
  • If the youth is on medical isolation
  • If the youth has not completed the detainment process in Intake
  • If visitors fail to abide by the rules in the Detention Center or create a disturbance, those visitors will be asked to leave the facility and may possibly be refused further visitation privileges
  • Visitors will be refused visitation if they are intoxicated or under the influence of mind altering illegal or prescribed substances.

Special Visitation

Special visits may be permitted and are arranged through the youth's Probation officer.  These visits are conducted outside of normal general visitation times and may either be a contact or non-contact visit.  All visitors are subject to the approval of the youth's Probation officer.  


Clothing is provided by the Juvenile Court for all detained youth.  Clothing will not be accepted for youth except for out of county placement and/or CREW. 

Hygiene Articles

Essential items needed for personal hygiene are provided by the Detention Center.  Youth will not be allowed personal toiletries, unless medical circumstances dictate the need for special items and are authorized by Detention's medical staff. 

Medical Issues

Parents or legal guardians are responsible for their youth's medical needs while detained.  Each parent should fill out a medical questionnaire giving medical history, insurance carrier, and specific medical needs of the youth.

If the youth is receiving prescription medication, the parent or guardian should bring a sufficient supply to the Detention Center, along with full instructions of how it should be administered.  Prescription medication must be in its original container with a current expiration date, with the youth's name on it. Information of any illness such as diabetes, epilepsy, recent surgery, or unusual habits such as bedwetting or sleepwalking, should be made known to the youth's Probation Officer or to Detention personnel as soon as possible.

Parents and legal guardians who have questions or concerns regarding the health of their youth should call the Detention Center medical office at 724-5093.  

Legal Issues

All questions regarding the legal status of your youth's case should be directed to the youth's Probation Officer or attorney. 

Mail and Telephone Privileges 

Mail Policy

Youth, are permitted to write and receive letters while in Detention.  Cards and letters for youth must be received through the U.S. Postal Service.  All mail must include the sender's first and last name in the return address portion of the envelope and be addressed as follows:

[Youth's Name]
Pima County Juvenile Detention Center
2225 E. Ajo Way
Tucson, Arizona   85713-6295

Youth will be required to open their mail in the presence of Detention personnel in order to ensure no contraband is contained in the envelope.  Parents/guardians are asked to hold all gifts (birthday, Christmas, etc.) until their youth is released from the Detention Center.   

Telephone Policy

Youth held in Detention are permitted to make phone calls at the discretion of their Probation Officer.  Incoming telephone calls for youth are not accepted.  Parents/guardians may not call their children, except in an emergency.  If a serious need arises, call 724-2150 and ask to speak to a Detention Supervisor.