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Fun Ideas for Inmate Mail

Writing to your inmate is an invaluable way to communicate. You'll have your share of serious life issues letters, but here are some fun ways to entertain each other through letters. These can be done on postcards, too. Top 5 + 5 = 10 Each of you make a list of your favorite five things […]

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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 […]

Cost Effective Ways to Visit an Inmate

The expenses of traveling to visit your inmate can add up quickly. These cost saving measures will make it less painful for your budget. Traveling by car Gas up early Gas up on a weekday. Many gas stations raise the price of a gallon shortly before the weekend. Filling up the tank on a weekday, […]

Why The Male Model Doesn't Work for Women Inmates

This is content sponsored by Netflix (producers of Orange Is The New Black) for the New York Times. There are some interesting facts and a few videos worth watching if you are concerned with the incarceration of women and the related issues.   Women serving time in American prisons

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 […]

Drastically Reduce the Cost of Calls from Your Out of State Inmate

Most facilities contract with a third-party company so you can fund prepaid calls, but if those calls are long distance, it can become cost-prohibitive. Luckily there is a way to pay local call rates for long-distance calls on a prepaid service. First, Do Some Very Basic Research Find out the area code for the jail […]

Get a Special Visit If You Live Far From the Jail

The logistics of visiting an inmate who is incarcerated very far from where you live can be tricky. If the jail has very short visits or requires a specific visitation registration processes, it makes it even more difficult. Some jails make exceptions for those who must travel to visit the inmate. How Far is Far? […]

Parental Visitation: Know the keys to Helping Your Child Visit Their Parent in Jail

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How Does a Bail Bond Process Work?

Many states allow defendants to be released from jail to wait for court by paying a percentage of the total bond amount. Percentages range from 10 to 20 percent depending on state law. Understand how the process works to help someone who's been arrested. What is a Bond? A bond is an amount of money […]

Can I Visit an Inmate if I am on Probation or Parole?

A friend or family member has been arrested and this has created chaos and stress. Before you race off to visit him or her in jail, if you are on probation or parole you need to take the following steps. Find out the Rules Some jails will not allow anyone on probation or parole to […]

What Does a 15 Years to Life Sentence Mean?

A sentence of 15 years to life, 25 years to life or similar sounding words all mean the same thing. The only difference is the time frame. What the Number Means The number in the sentence indicates the minimum number of years the inmate must serve before he or she can be considered for parole. […]

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, […]

Voting Rights for Felons in Alabama

The state of Alabama allows felons to have their voting rights restored under the following guidelines. You must have completed your entire sentence, including incarceration, probation, and parole, or community supervision. Once completed, you have three options: Contact your local parole or probation office Write to the Board of Pardons and Parole

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Decriminalizing Pot doesn't always mean it is completely legal. Here are some current guidelines. Possession Unlike several other states that chose an ounce as the cutoff for a civil penalty, Maine allows you to possess up to 2.5 ounces and still receive a civil ticket. The fine is a flat $600 regardless of the amount. […]

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 […]

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Fun Ideas for Inmate Mail

Writing to your inmate is an invaluable way to communicate. You'll have your share of serious life issues letters, but here are some fun ways to entertain each other through letters. These can be done on postcards, too. Top 5 + 5 = 10 Each of you make a list of your favorite five things […]

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 […]

Cost Effective Ways to Visit an Inmate

The expenses of traveling to visit your inmate can add up quickly. These cost saving measures will make it less painful for your budget. Traveling by car Gas up early Gas up on a weekday. Many gas stations raise the price of a gallon shortly before the weekend. Filling up the tank on a weekday, […]

Why The Male Model Doesn't Work for Women Inmates

This is content sponsored by Netflix (producers of Orange Is The New Black) for the New York Times. There are some interesting facts and a few videos worth watching if you are concerned with the incarceration of women and the related issues.   Women serving time in American prisons

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 […]

Drastically Reduce the Cost of Calls from Your Out of State Inmate

Most facilities contract with a third-party company so you can fund prepaid calls, but if those calls are long distance, it can become cost-prohibitive. Luckily there is a way to pay local call rates for long-distance calls on a prepaid service. First, Do Some Very Basic Research Find out the area code for the jail […]

Get a Special Visit If You Live Far From the Jail

The logistics of visiting an inmate who is incarcerated very far from where you live can be tricky. If the jail has very short visits or requires a specific visitation registration processes, it makes it even more difficult. Some jails make exceptions for those who must travel to visit the inmate. How Far is Far? […]

Parental Visitation: Know the keys to Helping Your Child Visit Their Parent in Jail

Children typically desire contact with their parents, even if a parent is incarcerated, so learn the ropes to keep the connection going: Keep it Simple Depending on the age of the child, you can explain without going into too much detail, why the parent is in jail. Preschool to elementary kids – Let them know […]

How Does a Bail Bond Process Work?

Many states allow defendants to be released from jail to wait for court by paying a percentage of the total bond amount. Percentages range from 10 to 20 percent depending on state law. Understand how the process works to help someone who's been arrested. What is a Bond? A bond is an amount of money […]

Can I Visit an Inmate if I am on Probation or Parole?

A friend or family member has been arrested and this has created chaos and stress. Before you race off to visit him or her in jail, if you are on probation or parole you need to take the following steps. Find out the Rules Some jails will not allow anyone on probation or parole to […]

What Does a 15 Years to Life Sentence Mean?

A sentence of 15 years to life, 25 years to life or similar sounding words all mean the same thing. The only difference is the time frame. What the Number Means The number in the sentence indicates the minimum number of years the inmate must serve before he or she can be considered for parole. […]

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, […]

Voting Rights for Felons in Alabama

The state of Alabama allows felons to have their voting rights restored under the following guidelines. You must have completed your entire sentence, including incarceration, probation, and parole, or community supervision. Once completed, you have three options: Contact your local parole or probation office Write to the Board of Pardons and Parole

Maine Marijuana Laws: Decriminalized but Still Tricky

Decriminalizing Pot doesn't always mean it is completely legal. Here are some current guidelines. Possession Unlike several other states that chose an ounce as the cutoff for a civil penalty, Maine allows you to possess up to 2.5 ounces and still receive a civil ticket. The fine is a flat $600 regardless of the amount. […]

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 […]

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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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