All news releases and other outreach materials contain contact information for the Communications Director, including email addresses and telephone numbers. Members of the news media and the public are encouraged to contact the Communications Director for needed information.
News media members making inquiries, conducting interviews, or seeking approval to visit a facility shall first contact the Communications Director. The Communications Director will consider the scope of the story and the unit's ability to accommodate the visit prior to making a recommendation to the Deputy Secretary for his approval.
In a non-emergency situation, media access will be allowed to any area of the Central Office and regional offices upon request. In emergency situations, media access may be restricted to conference rooms, or the offices of the Deputy Secretary, Communications Director and Regional Managers.
Upon request, media MAY be granted access to most areas of secure facilities, with approval from the Deputy Secretary and the Facility Director, so long as routine operations are not disrupted and the privacy and confidentiality of youth and staff are not breached. Concerns for the safety of youth, staff and visitors will be a primary consideration.
In emergency situations, media access to facilities will be limited to briefings in roll call areas, conference rooms, or other areas where visitors are unlikely to come into contact with youth and/or staff. The Communications Director will periodically brief media on the situation.
In certain emergency situations where public safety is of concern, no media visits will be allowed; briefings will take place at the Central Office or other location to be determined to be safe.
Media contacts with youth
Media contacts with youth are at the discretion of the Deputy Secretary, with input from appropriate staff.
Written permission must be obtained from a youth's parent, guardian or attorney prior to interviewing, photographing, and/or audio or video recording the youth, except when the youth is not identifiable. A youth 18 years old or older may sign a media release
Interviews with youth who are assigned to areas for behavior problems are discouraged.
No remuneration will be provided to any youth. Media coverage that might enhance the status of an adjudicated youth is discouraged.
Commercial producers seeking access to YS facilities, employees or youth, are required to make a written request to the Communications Director.
Requests shall be forwarded to the Deputy Secretary for approval prior to project commencement.
All commercial producers are required to sign a Location Agreement form upon their arrival at the unit. The Location Agreement will specifically outline the scope of the work to be performed. The Communications Director must review the finished product prior to distribution to ensure that it has been made in compliance with the Location Agreement form.