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How I Overcame Fear in Jail

Anyone sentenced to jail or prison for the first time is scared. If they tell you otherwise they are either lying or they're mentally ill. Your imagination runs wild and every jailhouse show you have ever seen comes to mind. The first time I went to jail I was only 18, and I went for […]

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 When an Illegal Immigrant Commits a Crime?

If and undocumented immigrant is charged with committing a crime, there can be three different legal outcomes. 1. ICE Gets Involved The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) enter information about an arrested immigrant into a database that is monitored. This department has the authority to take custody of the immigrant, investigate his standing

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 […]

Checking In To Prison – Aaron's Story

When the judge sentenced me to six months in the county jail, my first thought was about my family. Without me there to work and pay the bills, my wife and kids would lose the apartment. My attorney spoke up right away and asked the judge to allow me to check in at a later […]

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, […]

Can a Felon Possess a Gun In Georgia?

Georgia law is very clear on its position regarding convicted felons in that state owning or possessing firearms: It follows the federal law when it comes to guns and felons. The Basics: With the exception of a felony conviction that is non-violent and related exclusively to a business-related crime, if you have ever been convicted […]

Bio-chemical treatment for Alcohol Addiction

One method of treatment for alcoholism is the bio-chemical method. While other recovery paths concentrate on powerlessness over addictions and the acceptance of a higher power, the bio-chemical treatment places importance on stabilizing the brain's chemistry. It has long been known that certain brain chemicals such as dopamine, serotonin and endorphins

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 […]

Are Penalties Stiffer For Selling Drugs in a Drug-Free School Zone?

Being accused of dealing drugs or having enough in your possession for resale is a serious situation, but many states have also implemented additional penalties for drug situations near a school. Each state sets its own rules about this, but in most cases it is a higher grade of felony with longer sentences. What is […]

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 […]

Fun Ideas to Mail to Your Inmate

Mail is a great way to communicate with your inmate. In addition to serious letters, here are some fun ways to amuse each other through the mail. These can be done on postcards or letters. Top 10 Each of you make a list of your favorite five things about the other person and also write […]

Finding Employment After Prison

Many companies will not interview a felon, much less hire one. While this is true and it can make life on the outside difficult, finding employment after prison can be done if you take the right steps. Career Centers Goodwill has set up a nationwide career center program to help underemployed and unemployed people and […]

Consequences of Introducing Contraband

It might be tempting to bring your inmate something from the outside, but doing so can have very serious consequences. If your inmate asks you to bring something illegal into the facility, he or she is not thinking clearly, therefore, it is up to you to be strong and not get the both of you […]

5 Ways to Help an Addict While he is Away at Rehab

Unless your friend is still living at home with parents and has no bills or responsibilities, he/she is going to need some help while at rehab. The five main reasons addicts worry about being gone are: Pets: If you are an animal lover, you might offer to take his pet in and take of him […]

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+ Washington County Law Breakers

The Washington County Jail in Hillsboro, Washington County, Oregon, like all jails is a maximum security facility. Because the inmates in this jail range from low level offenders to those being held for violent crimes like robbery, rape and murder, the security level is as high as is it is in any maximum security state prison. Some of the security features in this facility include security cameras, electronic detection and reinforced fencing topped with razor wire. Correctional officers in Washington County Jail are armed with mace and trained to use physical force to protect themselves and other inmates from violence.

The men, women and juveniles being held in the Washington County Jail are either awaiting trial or have been sentenced in the Washington County Court System already and been sentenced to a period of time of one year or less. When an inmate is sentenced to a year or more, they are admitted into the Oregon Prison or Federal Prison System. Inmates in the Washington County Jail are fed three meals a day totaling 2,500 calories, are allowed access to phones to contact friends and family members, are allowed at least one hour a day for exercise, have access to books, bathroom and shower facilities. The inmates are allowed mail to be delivered to them as well as newspapers and magazine from trusted outside publishers.

The other jail facility in Washington County, Oregon is: Washington County Juvenile Detention.

On this page you will find direct links to specific information that friends and family members of inmates will find useful: Washington County Inmate Search, Inmate Phone use, Visitation Rules and Schedules, Commissary Deposits and Information about the Washington County Jail Inmate Mail Guidelines. In addition, you will find information on how to contact the facility, directions to the jail, Washington County recent arrests, Most Wanted, outstanding Arrest Warrants and much more.

Washington County Jail Inmate Search

Oregon Washington 572
215 SW Adams, MS 32
Hillsboro, OR 97123
Inmate's Name, Booking Number
Washington County Jail
215 SW Adams, MS 32
Hillsboro, OR 97123-3874
Jail (Main): 503-846-2776

The First Few Days of Life after Imprisonment

Society has an expectation that once an inmate is set free he or she can just jump right back into life, but that isn't the way it works. The best way to get back into normal life after incarceration is to take a few baby steps the first few days. Delay the Party Friends and […]

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 […]

How to Get Your Visitation Suspension Lifted

The hardest part of having your jail visits suspended indefinitely is not having any idea when or if you are going to be able to visit your inmate again. In most cases, visits are suspended due to the visitor violating visitation rules. There are things you can do to try and those visits reinstated. Get […]

When Your Online Search Doesn't Find Your Inmate

Many jails have online databases listing those who have been arrested. In some cases, the database is updated every few minutes. If you do a search but nothing comes up, it doesn't necessarily mean your loved one is not incarcerated. There are several reasons an inmate can be in jail but not showing up in […]

The Three Most Dangerous Prisons in America

There are many factors that go into choosing the most dangerous prisons in the USA. The media spotlights isolated cases of prison violence, which makes that facility seem dangerous. The fact is there is danger in every prison, but some are more notorious for San Quentin State Prison: San Rafael, California There are more death […]

How to find out if you've been a Victim of Fraud

In most cases of fraud, the victim's identity is stolen and unauthorized purchases are made. News stories report victims making the discovery after they are thousands of dollars in debt for things they never purchased. There are usually signs before it gets to that point, but you have to know what to look for. Obtain […]

Dealing with a Drug Addict: How I Started Letting Go

If you are dealing with an addict in your life, you already know that you won't be able to keep it up forever. There will come a point where you will need to reclaim your life and get back among the living. Years ago, I began taking gradual steps toward letting go and by the […]

The Truth about Prison Phone Calls

Your inmate needs to stay connected to friends and family. While lots of information can be shared on the phone, precautions must be taken so that everyone involved can avoid having future problems. Phone Calls are Recorded If your inmate wants to discuss the case with you by phone, use extreme caution going forward. The […]

Your Rights as a Pregnant Inmate

If you are incarcerated and pregnant, you need to be sure you notify the prison staff immediately. You will be given a pregnancy test to be sure you are expecting. If you are, some changes will be made to accommodate your condition. Each state has its own rules about the treatment of pregnant inmates, but […]

Understanding Inmate Calling Plans

Most jails and prison contract with third party vendors to provide a way for inmates to call their friends and families. Some of those companies only have one choice, but many of them provide a few options when you open and fund the account. Understanding what the different choices are will help you make a […]

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. […]

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 […]

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

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. […]

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 […]

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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.


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.


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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