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Columbia County Jail

Columbia County Jail
341 East Main Street
Dayton, WA 99328


The Columbia County Jail is the main jail in Columbia County Washington. While the police in the cities and towns in Columbia County can arrest and detain offenders, the Columbia County Jail is the facility that is accredited by Washington to hold inmates for more than 72 hours.

The Columbia County Jail, located at:
341 East Main Street
Dayton, WA 99328 
can be reached 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 509-382-2518.

The main reason that people call 509-382-2518 is to find out if a particular person is in custody, although you can look up an inmate online by going here. You can also get answers to whatever questions about an inmate, and the services for Columbia County Jail that you may have by clicking on any of the questions below:

How to search for an inmate?
Can you look up an inmate’s mugshot?
How do you look up an offender’s criminal charges, bond or inmate number?
How do you visit an inmate?
What are the visitation hours?
Can you visit inmates in Columbia County by video from home?
How do you get phone calls from an inmate?
Can you send mail, books, or newspapers to an inmate?
How do you send an inmate money?
Does Columbia County Jail have inmate commissary?
Can an inmate receive and/or send email or text messages?
Do inmates in Columbia County have access to computers or tablets?
How do you pay an inmate’s bail or bond?

Every year the Columbia County Jail has approximately 220 bookings, with a daily average of 11 inmates and maintains control of the facility with a staff of 2.

Inmates in this jail range from low level misdemeanor offenders to those being held and awaiting trial for violent crimes like robbery, rape, and murder. Therefore, given the mix of potentially dangerous inmates, the security level is very high. 

The Columbia County Jail is equipped with a state-of-the-art locking system, closed circuit cameras covering every area where inmates are located, and jail staff that utilize a communication system that keeps each of the guards and civilian staff in constant contact. 

Guards that circulate in the same general area of the inmates are armed with eye-blinding mace that will turn an inmate having a violent outburst into a weeping child. They also carry stun weapons, short clubs, flashlights that have dual use as both a light source and as a weapon, and handcuffs. Guards at entrances and in areas not frequented by inmates are armed with various firearms. The goal of such tight security is to keep both the staff and the inmates safe.

For other jails in Columbia County, jails in neighboring counties, and local police jails and juvenile detention centers for young offenders under age 18 in this county, click here.

Unlike the Washington Department of Corrections, where inmates are sent once convicted of a crime and sentenced to a period of more than a year, the Columbia County Jail System is populated by short-term offenders; those who have just been arrested and awaiting to be bonded out by friends or family, those who cannot afford or get bailed and are awaiting trial, or those who have already been convicted of a crime and sentenced to a term of less than one year. Many of the latter inmates become ‘workers’, who can reduce their sentence by performing jail maintenance or working in the kitchen. An upside to being a worker is they also get paid a small stipend so when they get released, they have a few dollars in their pocket.

When an inmate is convicted and sentenced to a year or more, they are transferred to the Washington Department of Corrections or the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  

Inmates that are convicted of a misdemeanor and/or sentenced to less than one year of a state crime serve their time in the Columbia County Jail. 

Illegal immigrants convicted of a state or federal crime will first do their time, then may be transferred into ICE custody for deportation.

How do Inmates in Columbia County Jail Make Phone Calls?

To receive phone calls from inmates in Columbia County, or to assist them in making phone calls to other people, follow these steps:

  • Register with CTEL, the phone system Columbia County inmates must use.
  • Open an account, 
  • Fund your acount,
  • Find, and then sync with your inmate.


  • Rates cannot exceed $0.21 per minute for regular calls and $0.25 per minute for collect calls.
  • The minimum billable duration is one minute.
  • Billable time is measured and rounded to the next higher full minute. 
  • Phone calls are terminated if the called party does not accept the call charges.
  • Customers are not billed for a 'no response'. 

Transaction Fees:

  • If paying through the Customer Portal Website: $3.00 per transaction
  • If paying with the assistance of a live operator: $5.95 per transaction

Minimum Deposit Amount
There is a $25.00 minimum for the first deposit.

Customer Service
Monday - Friday 8-5 PM CST
Email: [email protected]

For full information about using CTEL to communicate by phone with your Columbia County inmate, visit our Inmate Phone Page. You will find information about Inmate Phone schedules, rates, rules, policies, and tips. Please note that all of your phone calls will be recorderd and any information about your inmate's case that you speak about could be used against him in court. 


Third Party Jail Inmate Services for Columbia County Jail

Communication and Monetary Services for Family and Friends of Inmates

Gone are the days where Columbia County Jail supervised their own phone system, mail system, visitation, commissary and inmate money deposit systems. Jails throughout the United States are now partnering with high tech companies to provide and manage these servives for them and the jail in Columbia County is no different.

Everything from video calls, to messages to visitation, and even digital mail and money deposits can be done from your home computer or personal device. Inmates in Columbia County Jail, if they don't already, will soon have their own personal tablets for watching movies, TV shows, access to educational and and legal information, and more.

As Columbia County Jail adds these services, JAILEXCHANGE will add them to our pages, helping you access the services and answering your questions about how to use them and what they cost.

You can check out this information now by going to the: Family Info page, Visit Inmate page, Inmate Mail page, Inmate Phone page, Send Money page, Inmate Bail page, Mugshots page, Text/Email an Inmate page, Commissary page, Remote Visits page, or the Tablet Rental page. 

Columbia County Jail

Washington Columbia 11


341 East Main Street
Dayton, WA 99328



Court: 509-382-2490

District Attorney: 509-382-1191

Jail (Main): 509-382-4765

Juvenile: 509-524-2836

Sheriff: 509-382-4765


Inmate's First and Last Name
341 East Main Street
Dayton, WA 99328


Frequently Asked Questions

How many inmates are in the Columbia County Jail in Washington?
There are 11 inmates in the Columbia County Jail in Washington. While that is what they are approved to have incarcerated at any one time, they have on occasion had to add additional beds, even having inmates sleep on the floor when overcrowding becomes an issue. When possible, Columbia County Jail will temporarily transfer some inmates to a neighboring facility, or if necessary, release some offenders from custody. Learn more about how to search for a specific inmate in the Columbia County Jail.

How many people get arrested and booked into the Columbia County Jail in Washington every year?
In 2021, a total of 220 offenders were booked into the Columbia County Jail in Washington. That is less than previous years, mostly due to restrictions related to the COVID pandemic. As of April 2022, the number of arrests and bookings are returning to normal, which means they are running higher than 2021. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the Columbia County Jail.

How many people work at the Columbia County Jail in Washington?
The Columbia County Jail maintains a staff of approximately 2. Staff positions include correction officers, maintenance, clerical, kitchen workers and management. Washington law allows for inmates to work alongside the paid staff during their incarceration, saving the facility money. Even though the inmates are paid, the cost is less than 15% of what a normal worker from the outside would be paid.

Does the Columbia County Jail in Washington have an inmate search or jail roster to see who is in custody?
Yes, the Columbia County Jail in Washington has an Inmate Search Roster feature. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the Columbia County Jail. When you get to this page click on the big green button that reads 'OFFICIAL Columbia County Jail INMATE LIST'. After clicking on the link, type in the offender's name and then click 'search'. You can always call and speak to someone on the staff at 509-382-2518 if you are have further questions. In most cases the Inmate Roster provides information about the inmate's bond, criminal charges, mugshot, and even their release date, as long as they are not being sent to a Washington prison or the US Bureau of Prisons to serve a sentence that is longer than one year.

What is the address and phone number of the Columbia County Jail in Washington?
The Columbia County Jail address and phone number is: 341 East Main Street
Dayton, WA 99328. Their phone number is 509-382-2518. To find out the address for sending an inmate mail, sending newspapers, magazines or care packages, learn more about how to mail an inmate in the Columbia County Jail.

Where do I found out all the inmate services at Columbia County Jail, such as visitation policy and schedule, how the inmate phone system works, emailing an inmate, and sending them money to buy things in commissary?
Here is where you get direct access to all the information you need for Columbia County Jail inmate services: Learn more about how to visit an inmate in the Columbia County Jail. Learn more about how to get phone calls from an inmate in the Columbia County Jail. Learn more about how to text/email an inmate in the Columbia County Jail. Learn more about how to send money to an inmate in the Columbia County Jail. Learn more about how to mail an inmate and what's allowed in the Columbia County Jail. Learn more about inmate commissary in the Columbia County Jail.

How do I bail or bond an inmate out of the Columbia County Jail?
Call 509-382-2518 for the type of bond and any information that is required for a particular individual at Columbia County Jail. A bond is set according to a court-approved schedule. You will either have to pay a cash bail, or put up a private, surety or a property bond to guarantee to the court that the defendant will return on their assigned court date. Learn more about how to bail or bond out an inmate in the Columbia County Jail.

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