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Lewis County Jail

Lewis County Jail
28 SW Chehalis Avenue
Chehalis, WA 98532

360.740.1344

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

The Lewis County Jail, located at:
28 SW Chehalis Avenue
Chehalis, WA 98532 
can be reached 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 360.740.1344.

The main reason that people call 360.740.1344 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 Lewis 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 Lewis 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 Lewis County Jail have inmate commissary?
Can an inmate receive and/or send email or text messages?
Do inmates in Lewis County have access to computers or tablets?
How do you pay an inmate’s bail or bond?

Every year the Lewis County Jail has approximately 5000 bookings, with a daily average of 250 inmates and maintains control of the facility with a staff of 62.

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 Lewis 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 Lewis 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 Lewis 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 Lewis 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 Lewis County Jail Make Phone Calls?

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

  • Lewis County Jail uses the services of HOMEWAV.
  • Register with them online or call them at 844-394-6639
  • Agents are available from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM CST, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and speak both English & Spanish.
  • Services for Lewis County inmates and their families and friends include Collect Calling, PIN Debits or Purchasing Calling Cards.

For all the information regarding phone calls with Lewis County inmates; rules, policies, phone calling times, video, messaging, time limits and more, visit our Inmate Phone Page.


 

How to Send and Receive Secure Text and Email Messages with an Inmate in Lewis County Jail

To communicate by text or email with an Lewis County inmate, follow these instructions:

  • To send or receive a message you MUST first open a SmartJailMail.com account.
  • Once you open an account, you may search for Lewis County inmates or detainees to connect with.
  • When you locate the Lewis County inmate that you want to connect with, you can send them a connection request.
  • Lewis County Jail will then need to approve the request before you can send messages.

For all the information you need to send and receive secure messages in the form of text or email with a Lewis County Jail inmate, including how it works, how much it costs, renting your inmate a tablet, how often you can communicate and more, check out our Text/Email an Inmate Page.
NOTE: Your messages will be monitored and stored. You may want to refrain from discussing your inmate's court case.


 

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

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

  • Go to JailATM, choose Washington, then choose Lewis County Jail
  • Type in your inmate's last name or their Inmate ID.
  • Select your inmate, and then you will be prompted to Register with them to open an account.
  • Select the products you want shipped to them at Lewis County Jail, and then input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much product you can send your inmate in Lewis County at any one time.
  • If you need to phone customer support, call 877-810-0914

For all information, tips and available items for shipping Commissary packages or sending money to an inmate in Lewis County Jail check out our Commissary Instructions Page for Lewis County.


 

How to Visit or Email an Inmate in Lewis County Washington or visiting an inmate at the jail

To visit or email an inmate in Lewis County follow these steps:

  • In addition to visiting inmates at the jail, Lewis County Jail uses a video visitation service called HomeWav.
  • Register and Sign Up Here.
  • Complete all steps of the registration process to get full access to Lewis County Jail inmate communication services.
  • Add ‘Talk to me Funds’ to your account using your credit or debit card.
  • Then you just wait for your Lewis County inmate to communicate.
    How do you add Funds to your account?
  • Once you are logged in, click “Add Talk to Me Funds".
  • Type in the amount of dollars you want to add to your account.
  • Click “Update”.
  • Choose a way to pay (Credit, debit, or prepaid card).

Who do you contact if you are having any problems arranging the remote video visit, phoning or emailing of an inmate in Lewis County?
Call HomeWav support at 314-764-2872, or toll free 844-394-6639.
Monday – Friday 
9:00AM to 6:00PM EST
Saturday – Sunday 
8:00AM to 6:00PM EST

NOTE: All communications between you and your inmate at Lewis County Jail will be recorded and stored. Do not discuss your inmate's case or other sensitive information as it can be used against them (or you) in court.

For full instructions on all the benefits of using Homewav to visit a Lewis County inmate, visiting an inmate at the jail itself, email and texting an inmate, rates, policies, rules, dress codes, bringing children, attorney and clergy visits and more, go to our official Visit Inmate Page. 


 

How to Deposit Money Online for an Inmate in Lewis County

To deposit money online for an inmate in Lewis County Jail follow these steps:

  • Register to open an account, or Sign In to JailATM, a service that acts as a bank for inmates in Lewis County.
  • After registering and signing in, select 'Send Money Now'.
  • Choose Washington, then choose Lewis County Jail
  • Type in your inmate's last name or their Inmate ID.
  • Select your inmate.
  • Input an amount to deposit to your inmate in Lewis County Jail, and then input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much money you can send your inmate in Lewis County at any one time.
  • If you need to phone customer support, call 877-810-0914.

For all information, tips and procedures for sending money to an inmate in Lewis County Jail, or depositing money at the jail, over the phone or by mail, check out our Send Money Page for Lewis County.


 

Third Party Jail Inmate Services for Lewis County Jail

Communication and Monetary Services for Family and Friends of Inmates

Gone are the days where Lewis 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 Lewis 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 Lewis 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 Lewis 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. 

Lewis County Jail

STATE COUNTY BEDS
Washington Lewis 250


PHYSICAL ADDRESS

28 SW Chehalis Avenue
Chehalis, WA 98532


TELEPHONE NUMBER

INMATE MAIL

Inmate's First and Last Name
28 SW Chehalis Avenue
Chehalis, WA 98532


Frequently Asked Questions

How many inmates are in the Lewis County Jail in Washington?
There are 250 inmates in the Lewis 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, Lewis 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 Lewis County Jail.

How many people get arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail in Washington every year?
In 2021, a total of 5000 offenders were booked into the Lewis 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 Lewis County Jail.

How many people work at the Lewis County Jail in Washington?
The Lewis County Jail maintains a staff of approximately 62. 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 Lewis County Jail in Washington have an inmate search or jail roster to see who is in custody?
Yes, the Lewis County Jail in Washington has an Inmate Search Roster feature. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the Lewis County Jail. When you get to this page click on the big green button that reads 'OFFICIAL Lewis 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 360.740.1344 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 Lewis County Jail in Washington?
The Lewis County Jail address and phone number is: 28 SW Chehalis Avenue
Chehalis, WA 98532. Their phone number is 360.740.1344. 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 Lewis County Jail.

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

How do I bail or bond an inmate out of the Lewis County Jail?
Call 360.740.1344 for the type of bond and any information that is required for a particular individual at Lewis 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 Lewis County Jail.

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