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Why and How Drugs Are Divided Into Different Classes and Levels

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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

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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