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Jail Work Center
2030 Division Street
Bellingham, WA 98226

360-676-6848

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

The Jail Work Center, located at:
2030 Division Street
Bellingham, WA 98226 
can be reached 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 360-676-6848.

The main reason that people call 360-676-6848 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 Jail Work Center 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 Whatcom 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 Jail Work Center have inmate commissary?
Can an inmate receive and/or send email or text messages?
Do inmates in Whatcom County have access to computers or tablets?
How do you pay an inmate’s bail or bond?

Every year the Jail Work Center has approximately 10000 bookings, with a daily average of 500 inmates and maintains control of the facility with a staff of 125.

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 Jail Work Center 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 Whatcom 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 Whatcom 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 Jail Work Center. 

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

Third Party Jail Inmate Services for Jail Work Center

Communication and Monetary Services for Family and Friends of Inmates

Gone are the days where Jail Work Center 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 Whatcom 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 Jail Work Center, 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 Jail Work Center 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. 

Jail Work Center

STATE COUNTY BEDS
Washington Whatcom 500


PHYSICAL ADDRESS

2030 Division Street
Bellingham, WA 98226


TELEPHONE NUMBER

INMATE MAIL

Inmate's First and Last Name
2030 Division Street
Bellingham, WA 98226


EMAIL

[email protected]


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Frequently Asked Questions

How many inmates are in the Jail Work Center in Washington?
There are 500 inmates in the Jail Work Center 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, Jail Work Center 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 Jail Work Center.

How many people get arrested and booked into the Jail Work Center in Washington every year?
In 2021, a total of 10000 offenders were booked into the Jail Work Center 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 Jail Work Center.

How many people work at the Jail Work Center in Washington?
The Jail Work Center maintains a staff of approximately 125. 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 Jail Work Center in Washington have an inmate search or jail roster to see who is in custody?
Yes, the Jail Work Center in Washington has an Inmate Search Roster feature. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the Jail Work Center. When you get to this page click on the big green button that reads 'OFFICIAL Jail Work Center 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 360-676-6848 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 Jail Work Center in Washington?
The Jail Work Center address and phone number is: 2030 Division Street
Bellingham, WA 98226. Their phone number is 360-676-6848. 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 Jail Work Center.

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

How do I bail or bond an inmate out of the Jail Work Center?
Call 360-676-6848 for the type of bond and any information that is required for a particular individual at Jail Work Center. 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 Jail Work Center.

This facility, known as "Jail Work Center" is also known as Whatcom County Jail, Jail Work Center, Washington, Whatcom.