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Whatcom County Jail
311 Grand Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225

360-676-6848

The Whatcom County Jail 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 Whatcom County Jail is the facility that is accredited by Washington to hold inmates for more than 72 hours.

The Whatcom County Jail, located at:
311 Grand Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225 
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 Whatcom 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 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 Whatcom County Jail 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 Whatcom County Jail 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 Whatcom 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 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 Whatcom 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 to Send a Carepack Commissary Package Directly to an Inmate in Whatcom County

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

  • Go to JailATM, choose Washington, then choose Whatcom 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 Whatcom County Jail, and then input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much product you can send your inmate in Whatcom 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 Whatcom County Jail check out our Commissary Instructions Page for Whatcom County.


 

How to Deposit Money Online for an Inmate in Whatcom County

To deposit money online for an inmate in Whatcom 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 Whatcom County.
  • After registering and signing in, select 'Send Money Now'.
  • Choose Washington, then choose Whatcom 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 Whatcom County Jail, and then input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much money you can send your inmate in Whatcom 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 Whatcom County Jail, or depositing money at the jail, over the phone or by mail, check out our Send Money Page for Whatcom County.


 

How an Inmate Makes a Phone Call to You or Others from Whatcom County Jail

To set up a phone account so that your inmate can call you from Whatcom 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 Whatcom 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.


 

How to Send a Text or Email Message to an Inmate in Whatcom County Jail

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

Whatcom County Jail uses Securus eMessaging for Inmate Email.

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

For all Whatcom County information for sending secure messages to an inmate in Whatcom County Jail, 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 Whatcom County Jail

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 Whatcom County Jail, then your inmate.
  • Review the days, available hours and the cost of remote and on-site visits in Whatcom 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.


 

Third Party Jail Inmate Services for Whatcom County Jail

Communication and Monetary Services for Family and Friends of Inmates

Gone are the days where Whatcom 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 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 Whatcom 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 Whatcom 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. 

Whatcom County Jail

STATE COUNTY BEDS
Washington Whatcom 500


PHYSICAL ADDRESS

311 Grand Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225


TELEPHONE NUMBER

INMATE MAIL

Inmate's First and Last Name
311 Grand Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225


EMAIL

[email protected]


Frequently Asked Questions

How many inmates are in the Whatcom County Jail in Washington?
There are 500 inmates in the Whatcom 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, Whatcom 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 Whatcom County Jail.

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

How many people work at the Whatcom County Jail in Washington?
The Whatcom County Jail 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 Whatcom County Jail in Washington have an inmate search or jail roster to see who is in custody?
Yes, the Whatcom County Jail in Washington has an Inmate Search Roster feature. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the Whatcom County Jail. When you get to this page click on the big green button that reads 'OFFICIAL Whatcom 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 360-676-6848 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 Whatcom County Jail in Washington?
The Whatcom County Jail address and phone number is: 311 Grand Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225. 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 Whatcom County Jail.

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

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

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