Visitation, Telephone Calls & Correspondence
Suspension of Visitation at Secure Facilities
As part of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice's (DJJ) COVID-19 prevention efforts, in-person visitation at all secure facilities statewide will remain suspended for volunteers, parents, guardians and family members through August 11, 2020.
Due to the suspension, youth have been approved for additional phone calls and contact with their families. DJJ permits phone and video calls to be conducted via state-issued smartphones, tablets, or computers, allowing youth and families to remain connected. These calls are free and available for parents, guardians, or family members who have approved visitation. If you are not currently an approved visitor, please contact your child's facility for more information on how to become approved.
Parents or guardians with questions or concerns about visitation should contact their child's assigned Juvenile Detention Counselor.
Parents and guardians may contact the facility where your child is staying for visitation days and hours. Contraband cannot be brought into the facility (i.e., alcohol, cigarettes, money, gum, snacks, drugs, weapons). Snack machines are available at the facility. You may purchase snacks for your child, but they must be consumed during your visit. Generally, your child is allowed an intake phone call upon his or her arrival at the RYDC and prior to his/her detention hearing. After the first call, he/she will be allowed to make one free call each week. Contact your child’s counselor for call dates and times. Your child may write as many postcards as he/she wishes during designated times. However, unless you provide the RYDC with extra postage stamps, the child will only be provided postage for two postcards per week.