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King County Correctional Facility

King County Correctional Facility
500 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104

206-296-1234

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

The King County Correctional Facility, located at:
500 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104 
can be reached 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 206-296-1234.

The main reason that people call 206-296-1234 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 King County Correctional Facility 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 King 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 King County Correctional Facility have inmate commissary?
Can an inmate receive and/or send email or text messages?
Do inmates in King County have access to computers or tablets?
How do you pay an inmate’s bail or bond?

Every year the King County Correctional Facility has approximately 40000 bookings, with a daily average of 2000 inmates and maintains control of the facility with a staff of 500.

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 King County Correctional Facility 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 King 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 King 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 King County Correctional Facility. 

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

How to Send a Text or Email Message to an Inmate in King County Correctional Facility

To send a text or email message to a King County inmate, do the following:

King County Correctional Facility uses Securus eMessaging for Inmate Email.

Register here. (You are already registered if you signed up with Securus for 'Phone' or 'Remote Visitation' in King County or any jail or prison in the country).
Steps: 
1.  Sign up for eMessaging
2. Find your King County inmate.
3. Purchase a book of Securus ‘stamps’.
4. Type & Send message.

For all King County information for sending secure messages to an inmate in King County Correctional Facility, including instructions, video examples, fees, limits, tablet rentals and more, check out out Text/Email an Inmate Page.


 

How to Schedule and Visit an Inmate in King County Correctional Facility

To schedule and set up a visit, either at-the-jail or remotely from your home, follow these instructions:

  • Register and/or log in.
  • Select King County Correctional Facility, then your inmate.
  • Review the days, available hours and the cost of remote and on-site visits in King County.
  • Schedule your visit.

To get more complete instructions, and understand visit lengths, times, locations, fees and all the other rules including children, dress codes and more, check out or Visit Inmate Page.
NOTE: All visits are recorded and whatever you say and do will be monitored. It is best to never discuss sensitive information regarding your inmate's pending case.


 

How to Send a Carepack Commissary Package Directly to an Inmate in King County

To send a commissary carepack (food, snacks and goods) directly to an inmate in King County Correctional Facility follow these steps:

  • Select Washington, then select King County Correctional Facility, and then select the 'Send a Package Order' option.
  • Register and create an account with Access Securepak, for King County.
  • Choose the inmate and the products you want shipped to them, and input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much product you can send your inmate in King County at any one time.

For all information, tips and available items for shipping Commissary packages to an inmate in King County Correctional Facility check out our Commissary Instructions Page for King County.


 

How to Send Money to an Inmate in King County

To send commissary money to an inmate in King County Correctional Facility follow these steps:

  • Register with Access Corrections by creating an account.
  • Select Washington, then select King County Correctional Facility, and then the inmate you want to send money to.
  • Choose the amount of money you want to send, and input your payment method.

For all information on how to Send Money to an inmate's account check out our full money and commissary guide for King County Correctional Facility.


 

How to Send a Secure Email Message to an Inmate in King County

To send a secure email message to an inmate in King County Correctional Facility follow these steps:

  • Register with Access Corrections by creating an account.
  • Select Washington, then select King County Correctional Facility, and then the inmate you want to send your message to.
  • Choose the amount of money you want to spend, and input your payment method. The funds can also be used by the inmate to send a message back to you.
  • NOTE: All messages between you and your inmate will be permanently recorded and seen by the staff and could be used against your inmate in court.

For all information on how to Text/Email an Inmate in King County Correctional Facility check out our Secure Messaging Guide for King County.


 

How an Inmate Makes a Phone Call to You or Others from King County Correctional Facility

To set up a phone account so that your inmate can call you from King County do the following:

1. Enroll in an account with Securus Technologies.

2. Choose one of three account types, Securus Debit, Advance Connect or Direct Bill.
3. Choose [facility_name_1}, then connect with your inmate.
4. If you have any questions, call Securus: 972-734-1111 or 800-844-6591.

To find out fees, how to's, calling times, limits on phone calls and other systems Securus has do that you can communicate with your King County inmate, check out our Inmate Phone Page.
NOTE: All of your inmate's phone calls are recorded and stored. It is advised not to discuss their pending case.


 

Third Party Jail Inmate Services for King County Correctional Facility

Communication and Monetary Services for Family and Friends of Inmates

Gone are the days where King County Correctional Facility 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 King 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 King County Correctional Facility, 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 King County Correctional Facility 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. 

King County Correctional Facility

STATE COUNTY BEDS
Washington King 2,000


PHYSICAL ADDRESS

500 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104


TELEPHONE NUMBER

INMATE MAIL

Inmate's First and Last Name
500 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104


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Frequently Asked Questions

How many inmates are in the King County Correctional Facility in Washington?
There are 2000 inmates in the King County Correctional Facility 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, King County Correctional Facility 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 King County Correctional Facility.

How many people get arrested and booked into the King County Correctional Facility in Washington every year?
In 2021, a total of 40000 offenders were booked into the King County Correctional Facility 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 King County Correctional Facility.

How many people work at the King County Correctional Facility in Washington?
The King County Correctional Facility maintains a staff of approximately 500. 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 King County Correctional Facility in Washington have an inmate search or jail roster to see who is in custody?
Yes, the King County Correctional Facility in Washington has an Inmate Search Roster feature. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the King County Correctional Facility. When you get to this page click on the big green button that reads 'OFFICIAL King County Correctional Facility 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 206-296-1234 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 King County Correctional Facility in Washington?
The King County Correctional Facility address and phone number is: 500 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104. Their phone number is 206-296-1234. 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 King County Correctional Facility.

Where do I found out all the inmate services at King County Correctional Facility, 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 King County Correctional Facility inmate services: Learn more about how to visit an inmate in the King County Correctional Facility. Learn more about how to get phone calls from an inmate in the King County Correctional Facility. Learn more about how to text/email an inmate in the King County Correctional Facility. Learn more about how to send money to an inmate in the King County Correctional Facility. Learn more about how to mail an inmate and what's allowed in the King County Correctional Facility. Learn more about inmate commissary in the King County Correctional Facility.

How do I bail or bond an inmate out of the King County Correctional Facility?
Call 206-296-1234 for the type of bond and any information that is required for a particular individual at King County Correctional Facility. 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 King County Correctional Facility.

This facility, known as "King County Correctional Facility" is also known as King County Jail - Seattle , King County Jail Seattle WA, King County Jail Seattle WA, Washington, King.