Notifications to Schools and Law Enforcement

Notifications to specific agencies such as law enforcement, schools, Department of Corrections, Tribes and the DSHS Victim/Witness program are required in certain situations where JR youth will be in the community.

The procedure for making these notifications is described in JR Policy 1.80, Notifying the Community of Youth Placement, Transfer, or Release.  Furthermore, this notification process is authorized in the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and DSHS policy under the following citations:

  • RCW 4.24.550 Sex offenders and kidnapping offenders—Release of information to public—Website.
  • RCW 9.94A.030 Definitions
  • RCW 13.40.205 Release from physical custody, when—Authorized leaves—Leave plan and order—Notice.
  • RCW 13.40.215 Juveniles found to have committed violent or sex offense or stalking—Notification of discharge, parole, leave, release, transfer, or escape—To whom given—School attendance—Definitions.
  • RCW 71.09.025 Notice to prosecuting attorney prior to release.
  • RCW 72.01.410 Child under eighteen convicted of crime amounting to felony—Placement. (Effective until July 1, 2019.)
  • RCW 72.05.415 Establishing community placement oversight committees—Review and recommendations—Liability—Travel expenses—Notice to law enforcement of placement decisions. (Effective until July 1, 2019.)
  • DSHS Administrative Policy 8.06 Law Enforcement Notification Practices for Sexual, Kidnapping, Unlawful Imprisonment, Stalking and Violent Offenders
  • DSHS Administrative Policy 8.07 Notice of Registration Requirements for Kidnapping Offenders and Sex Offenders

Youth with specific offenses will have notification requirements.  In these cases, notification will be made if the youth is involved with any of the following:

  • Authorized Leave
  • Transfer to a minimum security facility
  • Release to parole supervision
  • Discharge from JR commitment
  • Transfer to a jail or DOC facility
  • Escape

Notifications will include:

  • The offense or offense type requiring notification
  • Youth’s name
  • Date of birth
  • Current address, when known
  • New address
  • Supervising agency’s name and phone number
  • Name of contact person

Law Enforcement Notification

Law enforcement notification is required for all youth with a sex offense, violent offense, kidnapping, stalking, or unlawful imprisonment offense.

Law enforcement notification is required for all youth transferring to a minimum security facility.

Notifications follow specific timeline requirements.  Serious and violent offenses require a 30 day advance notification.  Other offenses have shorter timeframes of 7 days or 72 hours.

If a youth is releasing to an address on Tribal land, the Tribal law enforcement agency of the youth’s affiliated tribe or the Tribal law enforcement agency where the youth will be residing must be notified in the same manner as any other law enforcement agency.

School Notification

School notification is required for any youth transferring to a minimum security facility, granted an authorized leave, releasing to parole supervision, or discharging from JR commitment.  Notification is required for all public and approved private schools within the geographical boundaries of the school district within which the youth will be residing.  For youth with sex, violent, kidnapping or stalking offenses, the notification must occur at least 30 days prior to transfer, discharge, or release.  For all other youth, notification must occur 72 hours prior to transfer, discharge, or release.

Victim/Witness Program Notification

The DSHS Victim/Witness program must be notified of any change in the youth’s placement.

Additional Notifications

JR Policy 1.80 defines additional circumstances in which notifications are made regarding youth community involvement, escape, authorized leave, emergency leave, and tribal youth.  Please see JR Policy 1.80 for additional details.

Youth who have Sexually Offended (YSO)

Additional notification requirements are in place for youth who have sexually offended.  Notifications to law enforcement will also include the Notification of Sex Offender Release (DSHS Form 09-747A), Washington State Sex Offender Risk Level Classification (WSSORLC) Tool, supporting social and legal file information, and pre-registration information for youth requiring registration (DSHS Form 09-746A).

Youthful Offenders

Youthful Offenders are juveniles who have been charged as an adult.  Notifications for release or discharge for these youth are completed by the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Notifications to the office of Victim/Witness, and notifications of transfer to a minimum security facility are completed by JR.

Approved Private Schools

School notifications are sent to public schools and approved Private schools.  The approved private schools are the private schools approved by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and listed in the Washington Education Directory.

Communicating a Change of Address

If you represent a school or public agency that receives any of the notifications described here, you must notify Juvenile Rehabilitation regarding any mailing address changes that could interrupt your receipt of these notifications.  You may request an address change by contacting Juvenile Rehabilitation by email at this address: ContactJRA@dshs.wa.gov.

Additional Information

Performance Audit: Ensuring Notification to Schools and Districts of Student Criminal Offenses, May 7, 2018