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Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Michigan

Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to American citizens, however, once convicted of a felony, whether or not that right will be restored to you is up to the state that you reside in. The laws for Michigan include: Pending Cases If you are charged with a crime, but have not yet […]

4 Good Places to Find Prison Pen Pals

Learn About Them Through friends. If you know someone who is incarcerated or has a family member incarcerated, ask for the name of an inmate who might like having a pen pal. This is an excellent way to meet pen pals because they can give a personal recommendation. Use Pen Pal Sites. There are several […]

What Happens if You Bond Someone Out and That Person Flees?

In the chaos of an arrest it is easy to get caught up in the moment and race to bail someone out of jail. Bonding someone out is not hard to do, but if that person doesn't show up in court when ordered to do so, your life could become very difficult. Be sure you […]

Will They Let Me Drive an Inmate to the Doctor?

For the most part, any time a county jail inmate leaves a jail, official personnel transport him to medical appointments, but in some counties, depending on the circumstances, family members are allowed to provide the transportation. Each jail sets the rules. Here are some general guidelines: The severity of the crime comes into play. Obviously, […]

A Bath Salt Addict Describes Why She Gave Them Up

How did you discover bath salts? I was on probation and my probation officer was giving me random drug tests. A friend told me that the current drug screens being used in my county didn't check for bath salts so it would be a high that I couldn't be violated for. I decided to try […]

5 Facts About Your Supplemental Security Income Payments While You Are Incarcerated

In many cases, you don't have control over the number of days you spend in jail, but if you are planning on not bonding out in the hopes of building time on a future sentence or getting a time served release, be sure to watch the calendar so you do not get your payments suspended. […]

What is an Interstate Compact Agreement for a Felon?

An Interstate Compact request made while you are on probation or parole can take a long time, but there is no other way to have your supervision transferred from one state to another without it. Here are some of the basics that apply to most cases. Your probation/parole officer does not have to agree to […]

What is an Inmate Money or Commissary Account?

Most jails and prisons in America allow friends and family members of inmates to make deposits to inmate money accounts. They are set up to give the inmate access to various services including commissary purchases and phone use. Some facilities deduct nominal amounts from these accounts for inmate health visits and other jail fees. Commissary […]

4 Things to Avoid During An Arrest

Only an attorney should advise you of your individual arrest situation but in general, these four suggestions may help stabilize your situation. Don't try and argue your way out. In most cases, by the time the cuffs come out, there is no turning back. Arguing, negotiating, and continuing to try to avoid arrest will do […]

Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Massachusetts

Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to American citizens, but that right can be lost if you're a convicted felon. It's up to the each state to decide their laws about restoring rights. The laws for Massachusetts include: If You're Charged If you've been charged with a crime, but have not yet […]

Inmate Phone Calls: Are They Listening in and Recording?

To an inmate, the phone is a lifeline to the outside world. Some inmates dial memorized numbers all day long, hoping that someone will pick up. It is important to remember that every phone call between an inmate and an outside number is recorded, and callers should act accordingly. Avoid anything incriminating. Staff members can […]

What is a Voluntary Deportation?

Your boyfriend has come under the watchful eye of Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) and it appears he is on the fast track to being deported. Only an attorney experienced in immigration law should advise him on his case, but some immigrants make the decision to voluntarily leave the country before being ordered out. In cases […]

Parents in Jail: Getting a Preschool-aged Child Ready to Visit

Preschool-aged children are very attached to their parents. If one of them is suddenly arrested and incarcerated it can cause lots of anxiety. Allowing the child to visit the parent can help alleviate those fears but it is important to explain what's coming with age-appropriate discussions. Talk it over immediately Waiting too long to explain […]

What Type of Arrest Warrants Will Cause Social Security Benefits to Stop?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) can only stop your benefits if the arrest warrant is for a fleeing crime. If there is a warrant for something other than fleeing, it does not qualify for benefit cut off or forced repayment. Historically, the SSA stopped benefits for anyone who had an arrest warrant for any reason. […]

Caring for an Inmate, Even If You Can't Visit the Jail or Prison

Visits are a lifeline for most inmates, but if his jail is very far away, or there are other reasons that make it impossible for you to visit, there are other steps you can take to let him know he is not alone. Lots of mail: Even if you can't write a letter each day […]

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Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Florida

Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to American citizens, but once you're convicted of a felony, whether or not that right will be restored to you is up to the state that you reside in. Florida overview: The Process If you have been convicted of a felony, the state of Florida has […]

What if an Inmate Becomes Terminally Ill?

You were handling your husband's incarceration by visiting once a month, writing constantly, and hearing him out during phone calls. Recently he was declared terminally ill, and all you want now is to spend his last few months with him, and you're hoping he can pass surrounded by family. In some states this is becoming […]

Drugs in Prisons and Jails: Getting High Inside

When your boyfriend went to jail, you believed he would finally get clean and sober, but when you visited him last week, you could have sworn he was high. Your instincts are probably right. Drugs are relatively easy to obtain in prison. Guards Every prison has a few guards who would rather make a buck […]

How Does a Bail Bond Process Work?

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Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Massachusetts

Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to American citizens, but that right can be lost if you're a convicted felon. It's up to the each state to decide their laws about restoring rights. The laws for Massachusetts include: If You're Charged If you've been charged with a crime, but have not yet […]

Probation Searches: Can My Boyfriend's PO Search my Car, Purse, or House?

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Deciding How Much Money to Put on the Books

What does the inmate need? Contact the jail and ask what basics are supplied. Most jails give the inmates toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap and toilet paper. Ask them what happens if the inmate runs out of something. is it replaced right away or do they have to wait a week or longer for new supplies […]

4 Good Places to Find Prison Pen Pals

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Consequences of Providing Contraband to an Inmate

It is never a good idea to mail contraband to an inmate or to bring it on a visit. The consequences for such actions are serious not only for the inmate, but also for you. What is Contraband? Contraband is anything that inmates are not allowed to have in their possession. Obvious examples are weapons, […]

When the Newness of Sobriety Wears Off

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What is an Interstate Compact Agreement for a Felon?

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Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Hawaii

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Inmate Voting Rights: Can I Vote After Being Convicted of a Misdemeanor Offense?

In most states, once you are released from jail for your misdemeanor conviction your voting rights are fully restored. In some cases, you are still allowed to vote even while incarcerated. In the states of Idaho, Kentucky, Indiana, South Carolina, Michigan, South Dakota and Missouri, if you are in jail or prison due to a […]

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Inmate Criminal Charges: Can Inmates get Charged With Crimes in Jail?

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  1. Kev Boyce Thu, May 17 2012 8:48 PM

    If you've ever been transferred direct from Multnomah County jail to this jail in the county next to it, the one thing you will notice is how much quieter it is and how they have total control over what is going on with inmates. It's like they have eyes and ears everywhere. Also, visits are better because they are in your unit and even better, the food is good compared to the chow in Portland justice Center and Inverness Jail in Multnomah. One piece of advice, make your defense lawyer come see you, because the courts inn Washington County will slam you.

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Visiting an Inmate in the Washington County Jail in Oregon

Washington County Jail is located in Hillsboro, Oregon.  The jail has a staff of 185 and holds a maximum of 572 inmates.  When you are planning to visit and inmate that has been incarcerated in this county jail you must ensure that you follow all visitation procedures.

Procedures

The first step in the procedure is to request that the family member or friend you are planning to visit has added you to their visitation list.  Each inmate can have a maximum visitors added to their list.  This does not include their legal representation.  Inmates can add and remove visitors to their list as needed. 

Once the jail has approved you as a visitor you may visit the inmate during normal visitation hours.  Keep in mind that each inmate is limited to a total of 1 hour of visitation per week and no more than 2 visitors per week. 

All visitors are required to check-in in the jail lobby once they arrive.  You will need to present a valid state or Federal ID.  You must be dressed appropriately with no offensive materials on your clothing and no excessive skin showing.  In the lobby you will keep all of your personal belongings in a free locker.  This includes your purse, wallet, cell phone, coats, and outer wear.  You may also be required to empty your pockets and have a pat down search before you can enter the visitation area.

Once you are in the visitation area you will visit between a glass partition.  You will not be allowed any physical contact during your visit.  The jail reserves the right to record all visits.

At the end of your visit you can retrieve the items you have left in your locker and fill out the Social Visitor Survey provided by Washington County Jail.

Visitation hours are as follows:

Mon                730p-930p
Tues-Thurs      800a-1030a, 100p-430p, 730p-930p
Fri                    None
Sat-Sun           800a-1030a, 100p-430p, 730p-930p
Holiday’s         800a-1030a, 100p-430p, 730p-930p

To contact the jail for any further questions or to learn the visitation procedures for children you can email to sheriff.web@co.washington.or.us or call (503) 846-2700.

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How to use the Inmate Search for Washington County Jail in Oregon

[Article_Ad_2]If you are trying to determine if your friend or family member has been detained at Washington County Jail in Hillsboro, Oregon you can call the jail directly or access their online inmate search website at http://www.co.washington.or.us/Sheriff/Jail/who-is-in-custody.cfm.

Once you go to the website you follow their three step process:

  • You click on the first letter of the inmates last name.
  • Next you type in the full last name of the inmate.
  • Next you click “Go” or scroll through all names in the alphabet letter you have selected.

Once you have identified the inmate you are looking for you can click on their name to learn all of their specific information like their charges, booking ID, court date, case number, release date, security amount (bond amount), and DOB.

If you want to stay up to date on the status of an inmate you can sign up for their Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE).  This is a service that allows you to check an inmate’s status changes by phone or email.  To sign up for VINE call 1-877-674-8463.

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Communicating with an Inmate Housed at the Washington County Jail in Oregon

Keeping in touch with your friend or family member who is incarcerated in Washington County Jail is important to helping the inmate maintain personal connections.  Phone calls, letters, cards, and visitation can be the bright moments in an inmates week.

To contact an inmate you must respect the jails policies and procedures.  The following procedures are required for Washington Count Jail:

Telephone Privileges

Inmates are allowed to make outgoing calls via prepaid phone accounts or via collect calls.  Phone calls can be made during daytime hours, except during mealtimes.

Prepaid phone cards can be purchased through Telmate (866) 516-0115 or by going to TelMate.com.  The site allows you to add minutes that the inmate can use to call your number directly, or to call any number of their choice.

Sending Money

Money can be sent to an inmate while in jail via money orders, cashier’s checks, or government checks.  All money orders and cashier’s checks must have the inmates name and booking number on it. 

Here are the guidelines and limitations when sending money:

Merchant Money Orders-$20 per sender per day.
Post Office, Western Union, MoneyGram Money Orders-$100 per sender per day.
Cashier’s Checks-$100 per sender per day.
Government Checks-No limit.

Mail

All mail must be sent through the US post office.  You can also send reading materials such as books, magazines, and pamphlets directly from distributers.  No mail can include profanity, hate mail, or nudity. 

The guidelines are as follows:

Letters, Post Cards, & Cards-No larger than 5 ½ by 8 ½ in dimension and may not include plastic, metal, hard material, and no musical cards are accepted.  Not stickers or added decorations may be added to the envelope.
Pictures, Drawings, Or Photocopies, Pamphlets-No more than five per envelope.
Newspaper Or Magazine Clippings-No more than two per envelope.
Legal And Business Documents-No limit but there must be a complete return address.
Books-No more than two per day.
Magazines Or Newspapers-No more than 2 per day.

All mail must be addressed as follows and include a full return address:

Inmate’s name, Booking number
Washington County Jail
215 SW Adams Avenue, MS 35
Hillsboro, OR 97123-3874

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