(1) A juvenile shall not be confined in a jail or holding facility for adults, except:
(a) For a period not exceeding twenty-four hours excluding weekends and holidays and only for the purpose of an initial court appearance in a county where no juvenile detention facility is available, a juvenile may be held in an adult facility provided that the confinement is separate from the sight and sound of adult inmates; or
(b) For not more than six hours and pursuant to a lawful detention in the course of an investigation, a juvenile may be held in an adult facility provided that the confinement is separate from the sight and sound of adult inmates.
(2) For purposes of this section a juvenile is an individual under the chronological age of eighteen years who has not been transferred previously to adult courts.
(3) The department of social and health services shall monitor and enforce compliance with this section.
(4) This section shall not be construed to expand or limit the authority to lawfully detain juveniles.
[1987 c 462 § 1; 1985 c 50 § 1.]
Effective dates—1987 c 462: "This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, and safety, the support of the state government and its existing public institutions. Sections 15 and 21 of this act shall take effect immediately. Sections 1 through 11 and sections 16, 17, 22 and 23 of this act shall take effect January 1, 1988." [1987 c 462 § 24.]
Places of detention: Chapter 13.16
Transfer of juvenile to department of corrections facility: RCW 13.40.280