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St. Joseph County IN Juvenile Detention (coed) Visitation Center

County Juvenile

Last Updated: May 08,2024

Visitation Hours

Visitation at the county or regional juvenile facility is restricted to immediate family members only, including mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers. The visitation guidelines are stringent, and it is advisable to contact the facility staff to ascertain specific limitations. For information on visitation schedules, visiting room regulations, and other relevant details about your visit, please contact 219-235-5378. The facility staff will provide comprehensive guidance to ensure a smooth and compliant visitation experience.

General Visitation Information

St. Joseph County IN Juvenile Detention - Visitation

Visitation Schedule




Regular Visits

Honor Visits

Honor Visits

Initial Conf. 2:00pm

Initial Conf. 6:00pm

Initial Conf. 6:pm

AE 3:00-3:25

AE 6:30-6:55

EE 6:30-6:55

AW 3:30-3:55

AW 7:00-7:25

EW 7:00-7:25

BE 4:00-4:25

BE 7:30-7:55

FW 7:30-7:55

BW 4:30-4:55

BW 8:00-8:25

FE 8:00-8:25

CE 6:30-6:55

CE 8:30-8:55

CW 7:00-7:25

CW 9:00-9:25

EE 7:30-7:55

EW 8:00-8:25

FE 8:30-8:55

FW 9:00-9:25

- Detainees will only be allowed two visitors during their visitation time.

- The Detainee’s probation officer authorizes all visitors.

- Detainees are not allowed to give/receive any items during visitation.

- Detention Staff will supervise all visits.

Detention Visitation Policies

There are four types of visits for children at the Juvenile Justice Center. We appreciate your cooperation in adhering to the specific guidelines for each type. Visits with juveniles in secure custody are held in Detention and supervised by detention officers. Your lack of cooperation with JJC staff or misconduct may result in suspension of visitation with your child.

Initial Conferences

An Initial Conference is an opportunity for a parent-child-attorney conference prior to detention hearings. This is your opportunity to check your child’s welfare and help you decide if you want to retain legal representation.

Regular Visits

Juveniles will only be authorized visits from their parents/guardians and grandparents. Juveniles have regular visits on Sundays with an opportunity to earn an additional honor visit on Tuesday or Thursday with good behavior and progress within JJC Value Based Behavior Management program. (See Visitation Schedule on Page 13)

Placement Visits

Juveniles who are being “placed” outside of the State of Indiana may have a placement visit prior to their departure. These visits will occur in Detention on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at

8:30pm to 9:00pm. Detention Staff will supervise visits. A juvenile may be allowed to have three people visit from the following: parent/guardian/custodian must be one visitor and siblings over the age of 21. Probation Officers are responsible for completing a visitation request by 5:00pm the date of the visit or no visit will be allowed. Visits will not be allowed for juveniles who are misbehaving.

Counsel Sessions

Counseling sessions by Attorneys, Clergy, and Mental Health counselors are encouraged to meet with their clients Monday through Friday 3:30 – 5:00pm so juveniles are not absent from program activities. Counsel sessions must be authorized by the child’s Probation Officer.

  • Visitors must pre-register with Security 5 – 10 minutes prior to the scheduled visitation time. You must have photo identification in order to receive a visitor’s ID badge.

  • There is a 5-minute grace period for visitation times. If you are more than 5 minutes late for the scheduled visitation time, You will not be allowed to visit

  • You are not allowed to take any items into visitation with you (food, refreshments, purses, hats, jackets). All items must be secured in the lockers inside the Detention door.

  • No Alcohol/Drugs may be consumed prior to a Detention visit. If you have consumed alcohol/drugs your visit will be denied and/or terminated and the police notified.

  • Appropriate clothing must be worn during Detention visits or you may be denied the visit.

Staff will terminate a visit for improper behavior or clothing.

– No Exceptions

Visiting Inmates at St. Joseph County IN Juvenile Detention (coed)

All Visitors are subject to search once inside the facility.

The public may visit no more than one time per week, Monday through Saturday at this South Bend IN location. Visitors must sign inat least 15 minutes before their scheduled visits. If you schedule a visit and don't show up or show up late, you will not be allowed to visit the rest of that week, including Saturday. If a visit on Saturday is scheduled, and the visitor does not show up or shows up late, they will not be allowed to visit until the following Saturday. Repeated late arrival or no-show violations may result in longer suspension of visiting privileges. Inmates are allowed no more than one (1) visit per day. Visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian, unless they are visiting a parent. Unaccompanied minors (under age 18) visiting a parent must present a copy of their birth certificate. Children must remain with the parent at all times during the visit. All visitors must have acceptable identification. This includes a drivers license with picture identification, military ID, or other verifiable picture ID. Three (3) pieces of non-picture ID may substitute for picture ID.

No mail or messages for inmates will be accepted. Mail must go through the U.S. Mail. Visitors may only visit the inmate they have signed up to visit. Any visitor who appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be permitted to visit. Inappropriate behavior, including the use of profanity, will not be permitted. No weapons will be permitted. All other items listed in the jail lobby are prohibited. There is a maximum of four (4) visitors per booth, including children, and the door must remain closed.

All visitors must wear appropriate clothing, including shoes and shirts. Restrictions on attire or appearance include: No miniskirts or similar attire; no low-cut or revealing necklines; no attire with obscene or offensive language; and no persons with a bare midriff will be permitted to visit. Visitors cannot bring items into the visiting area including weapons of any kind, purses, handbags, backpacks, diaper bags, food, drink, gum, baby bottles, pictures, books, toys, writing utensils, strollers or carriers, cell phones, cameras, or any other electronic devices.

Violation of the above restrictions may cause the visit to be cancelled or terminated, and visiting privileges may be suspended by the St. Joseph Sheriffs Department. The on-duty supervisor may cancel visits without notice due to circumstances within the jail.

Visitation Rules

County - Rules by type

The St. Joseph County IN Juvenile Detention (coed), located in South Bend, IN, plays a crucial role in facilitating successful offender reintegration into the community, a cornerstone of effective crime control strategies. With a focus on rehabilitation and community engagement, the center aims to support individuals as they transition from incarceration back into society. However, this process is governed by a multitude of rules and regulations that visitors must adhere to, ensuring the safety and security of all involved parties.

Visitors to the prison must navigate a complex set of guidelines regarding identification, conduct, and the items they can bring during visits. These rules are in place to maintain order within the facility and to protect both visitors and inmates. For example, visitors are required to present proper forms of identification upon arrival, such as a driver's license or government-issued ID card. This helps to verify their identity and ensure that they are authorized to visit the inmate.

Furthermore, visitors must adhere to strict rules regarding their conduct while inside the facility. Disruptive behavior, the use of loud or obscene language, or engaging in any form of sexual behavior can result in the termination of the visit and may lead to further consequences. Additionally, visitors are prohibited from bringing certain items into the visiting room, including cell phones, cameras, and weapons. These restrictions help to maintain the safety and security of the facility and prevent any unauthorized items from entering the prison.

In addition to these general rules, there are specific guidelines that visitors must follow depending on their circumstances. For example, visitors with children must ensure that they are supervised at all times and that they do not engage in any inappropriate behavior while inside the facility. Likewise, visitors who require medication during their visit must inform the visiting room officer upon arrival and follow the appropriate procedures to ensure that their medication is properly stored and administered.

Another important aspect of visiting a prison is understanding the limitations and restrictions that may apply to certain individuals. For example, individuals who have previously been incarcerated, are currently under probation or parole supervision, or are victims of the inmate are typically not permitted to visit. Likewise, individuals who have had their visiting privileges suspended or who have an active protection from abuse (PFA) order against them are also prohibited from visiting the inmate.

Despite these restrictions, there are procedures in place for individuals who wish to visit an inmate but are not permitted under normal circumstances. Inmates can initiate a request to have a prohibited visitor added to their visiting list, and a recommendation from the inmate's unit team may allow the visitor to be approved by the facility manager or designee. However, reinstatement of visiting privileges is not guaranteed, and individuals whose visiting privileges have been suspended must write to the appropriate facility manager seeking reinstatement.

Upon arrival at the prison, visitors are subject to a thorough screening process to ensure that they do not bring any contraband into the facility. This includes a search of their person, their belongings, and their vehicle. Visitors must also pass through a metal detector and may be subject to additional screening measures, such as drug screenings conducted by dogs or special devices. Failure to pass these screenings can result in the denial of the visit and may lead to further consequences.

Once inside the visiting room, visitors must continue to adhere to the rules and regulations set forth by the prison. This includes refraining from conversing with other inmates or their guests, as well as following any specific instructions given by the visiting room officers. Visitors are also responsible for keeping control of their children and ensuring that they do not engage in any disruptive behavior.

In addition to these general guidelines, there are specific rules that visitors must follow depending on their circumstances. For example, visitors with infants must adhere to guidelines regarding the types and amounts of baby items they can bring into the visiting room. Likewise, visitors who require medication during their visit must inform the visiting room officer upon arrival and follow the appropriate procedures to ensure that their medication is properly stored and administered.

Overall, visiting a prison requires careful adherence to a complex set of rules and regulations designed to maintain order and security within the facility. By understanding and following these guidelines, visitors can help to ensure a safe and positive experience for themselves, the inmates, and the staff.