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Inmate Care Packages and How They Work

If your inmate is incarcerated in a jail that offers a care package program, you can have some fun surprising your inmate from time to time with a box full of things that you've personally selected for him or her. The Basics Inmate care packages are boxes or bags that are pre-filled with items from […]

Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Louisiana

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 Louisiana include: If You've Been Charged You cannot vote in Louisiana if you are incarcerated […]

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. […]

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 […]

Why Doesn't An Addict Get Clean After Overdosing?

As told by an addict who overdosed and almost died twice before giving up drugs. How often did you get high before you overdosed? By the time I overdosed the first time, I was getting high on a daily basis. I no longer took drugs to enjoy a high. I took them to avoid being […]

Best Days for Inmate Phone Calls

As much as you would like to talk to your inmate each day, the cost of inmate phone calls makes this impossible for most people. If your budget can only handle a couple of calls a week, tell your inmate to call you on Thursdays and Sundays. Thursday Thursday phone calls give you almost the […]

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 […]

Restrictions on Greeting Cards for Inmates

Understanding what jails mean by "plain" cards and why they require them helps ensure your inmate's holiday or greeting cards arrive on time. The facility's website might have a vague statement about only sending "plain" cards, or there might be no instruction at all. It is only when your card is returned unopened to you […]

Consequences of Contraband Mail

At some point you might be tempted to mail contraband to your inmate. After all, how much trouble will it really cause, right? The answer is, plenty. The consequences of being caught mailing contraband to an inmate or an inmate receiving it can be severe. Criminal Charges If your inmate is in a state or […]

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 […]

How to Send a Book to an Inmate

Almost all jails and prisons require that books be sent to inmates directly from the publisher or a reputable online vendor, such as Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com. This requirement actually makes it simpler for you because you can compare prices easily and avoid shopping trips away from home or work and packaging time. How to Order […]

Pregnant and Imprisoned

My name is Ashley. My probation officer violated me and had me sent to jail for three months. I was four months pregnant at the time. When I got to the jail, I told them I was pregnant, and they had me see a nurse practitioner right away who set up an appointment for an […]

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 […]

Prison Skills Applied After Release

Getting out of prison and starting over is not easy, but with a little creative thinking, you can use the abilities you learned while incarcerated into useful tools for life. Organization – Almost everyone who goes into prison comes out much more organized in all aspects of life. Whether it has to do with keeping […]

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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

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 […]

Losing SSI and SSDI Benefits While Incarcerated

Your husband goes to jail and you figure his Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits will at least help with the bills even though he is not home to receive them. When the payments stop, there are four reasons why this may happen. Here are the four stages of the […]

A Guide to Inmate Visitation Online

Jails across the nation are catching on to the popularity of offering remote, "at-home," visitation. Not only is it convenient for jail staff, inmates, and family members, but it is also a way for the jail to collect revenue because in most cases, at-home visitation is a paid service. How it Works To be able […]

Can a Felon Own a Gun In West Virginia?

West Virginia still requires you to receive a pardon from the governor's office before you can own/possess a gun in that state. Obtaining a pardon in West Virginia is very difficult. Over a recent period of nine different governors, only 131 pardons were granted out of all that applied. An attorney experienced in obtaining felony […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

Inmate Mail: How to Get an Envelope or Post Card Pre-Metered

If the facility that your inmate is in will only accept pre-metered mail, it is important to know how to get that done. Sticking a regular stamp on it and sending it will only get it sent back or discarded. Your inmate will never see it. You have several options: Get it Pre-Metered at the […]

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

Massachusetts Marijuana Laws

Decriminalizing Marijuana doesn't always mean it is completely legal. In some cases, such as in Massachusetts, possession of less than an ounce is no longer a crime but is now a civil offense. Possession It is a civil offense to possess one ounce or less of Marijuana. If found guilty the fine is $100. In […]

Consequences of Contraband Mail

At some point you might be tempted to mail contraband to your inmate. After all, how much trouble will it really cause, right? The answer is, plenty. The consequences of being caught mailing contraband to an inmate or an inmate receiving it can be severe. Criminal Charges If your inmate is in a state or […]

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 Survive Prison

Most people know the importance of working out and staying physically fit to survive prison, but mental strength and attitude play a huge role in getting through incarceration. Expand Your Skills If the prison offers classes, sign up for some. Whether it is music lessons, anger management or business math, anything you learn is something […]

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 […]

An Inmate Can Meditate to Alleviate Fears in Prison

If someone you know is in prison, you can be sure there is stress involved in that inmate's daily life. Prisons are loud, can be dangerous and there is very little freedom. In addition, simply being sentenced to do time disrupts life with regard to employment, family and other outside obligations. By the time the […]

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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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