Visitation, Telephone Calls and U.S. Mail


  • Visits are not allowed during the first 24 hours of your stay, except with agencies involved with your case i.e. attorneys, social workers, therapists, and law enforcement.
  • You are allowed two (2) personal/family visits per week.
    • The length of the visit will be based on your checkbook sheet level and your behavior at the time that the visit is scheduled.
    • If you are on PDRR or DRR, your visits will only be 30 minutes in length regardless of your checkbook sheet level.
  • Family members will only be allowed to visit if they are at least 18 years of age and on your approved visitation list.
    • Family visitation is usually limited to your parents or legal guardians.
  • Personal /family visits are subject to audio and video monitoring.
  • You are allowed an unlimited number of visits from agencies involved in your case. Visits with you or your parents involving agencies, i.e. attorneys, case managers, therapists are not counted as personal visits.
  • All visits are by appointment and must be made 24 hours in advance.
    • Personal visits will occur Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • On Saturday’s and Sunday’s and holidays, visits are between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. excluding 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (shift change) and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (training days)
    • Your visitation time will not be adjusted to accommodate tardy visitors.
    • Special visitation hours may be approved by facility administration to accommodate visits outside of the regularly scheduled visitation hours. 
  • Your visitation list will be approved by facility administration or the courts, with recommendations from professionals involved with your case.     
  • New visitors will be provided with a copy of the visitation rules to review prior to any visit taking place.
    • Visitors who are suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be allowed into the facility.
    • If you or your visitors behave inappropriately, the visit will be terminated.
    • If you or your visitors attempt to bring contraband into the facility, you will be restricted to non-contact visits only
  • Be Aware: You will be strip-searched following any personal (contact) visitations.  You will be pat searched following agency visits unless there is a suspicion that contraband exists.


  • Your number of personal telephone calls is based on your level.
    • Each call counts as one regardless of the duration of the call.
    • You may use up to two (2) consecutive telephone calls per call. 
  • You may receive an unlimited number of telephone calls from agencies involved in your case.
  • You may make one phone call to your attorney and/or case manager per week.
  • Calls will be made at staff convenience, and they will be a maximum of 15 minutes each.
    • Calls to your attorney, or your social worker i.e. agency calls will be made Monday through Friday during day shift.
    • Personal calls will be made Monday through Friday between 1700 hrs/5:00 p.m. and 2000hrs/8:00 p.m., and any time before 2000hrs/8:00p.m. on weekends and holidays.
    • Youth on level 4 and 5 may make calls after 2000 hours/8:00p.m. as staff are available. 
  • Your telephone list will be approved by facility administration, with recommendations from professionals involved with your case.
  • All Long Distance Calls: The person you call will have to agree to pay for a collect call before they will be able to talk to you.
  • All telephone calls will cost you $.50 on your checkbook sheet.
  • If you have a negative balance (in the hole) you will only be allowed to receive personal calls and make agency calls by going further in the negative on your checkbook sheet.
  • Be advised that personal telephone calls may be monitored by staff.


Outgoing Mail

  • Mail is sent out on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • You shall have the right to correspond with any person or organization subject only to the limitations necessary to maintain facility order and security.
  • You will not be allowed to send mail to known offenders, co-respondents, victims in your case or any other correctional institution.
  • You will be required to purchase envelopes and paper on your checkbook sheet.
  • Letters must have the addressee’s: first and last name, a complete address and zip code. The return address will be the detention center’s address: 330 Industrial Lane, Lawrence, KS 66044
    • Letters shall not contain names or information about other residents or day school students.
    • Envelopes shall only contain letters to the addressee.
    • Envelopes shall not have any writing other than the addresses.
    • Envelopes that contain graffiti, notes, drawings or that are addressed incorrectly will not be mailed.

Incoming Mail

  • Only letters sent by U.S. Mail will be accepted by the Detention Center.
  • All non-privileged/personal correspondence shall be opened in the presence of the resident and checked for contraband. Contraband shall be removed before the mail is given to you. Money, books, and clothing items you receive shall be recorded in your inventory record.
  • You shall be required to open legal or privileged mail in the presence of facility staff.
  • Any non-privileged mail containing information as it relates to safety or security of the facility (i.e. gang writing, sexually explicit material, and mail from correctional institutions, talk of escape or riot) is subject to censorship.  The censored mail will be placed in your stored property to be given to you upon your dismissal from the detention center.
  • Incoming mail for a resident who is no longer in the detention center will be returned to sender.