The information below provides complete instructions regarding Washington County Jail inmate phone use, how the jail phone system works, purchasing phone time online (where available), purchasing phone time over the phone online (where available), purchasing phone credits through commissary (where available) and setting up an account to reduce your cost of inmate phone calls from the Washington County Jail in Hillsboro, Oregon.
When available, the information below will explain how to communicate with your inmate using the jail's secure email message system.
Follow these instructions exactly to help ensure that your inmate has access to the jail phones and your communication costs are reduced as much as possible.
No. Neither this jail nor any other jail allows you to directly phone an inmate.
This jail contracts with Telmate (Getting Out) so you can purchase the ability to leave voicemail messages for the inmate. You will need to register for a free account and then if you choose to leave a voicemail for the inmate you can pay with a credit or debit card. Once you have opened an account call (866) 516-0115 and follow the prompts to pay for and leave a 30 second voicemail for your inmate.
Inmates can make traditional collect calls to any party willing to accept and pay for the call, other than to someone with a no-contact order with the inmate.
Collect calls are typically expensive compared to other methods of calling. Your phone company might require a deposit from you. Some phone companies block all calls from penal facilities.
This facility contracts with Telmate.com (Get Out) so you can fund a prepaid account and receive calls from the inmate. This allows you to receive calls on your cell phone, at work or at home.
You will need to register a free account with Telmart before you can fund it. Click here to get started.
No. Inmates are not allowed cell phones in Washington County Jail, although getting access to a cell phone in jail has become more common.
Some states such as California have made it a criminal offense to use and possess a cell phone and will file additional charges when it can be connected to an inmate. Cell phones are most often smuggled into the jail and then sold to the inmates by jail staff.
Telmate contracts with this jail to give you the ability to send written messages to your inmate for a fee. Click here to learn more about it. Once on the page click the phones and messages tab.
Remember, your messages can and will be scanned or read by jail personnel. Anything you say can be used against the inmate in his or her case. A good rule of thumb is to not discuss the case in messages.
If you were unable to find the information you were looking for on this page, call Washington County Jail at 503-846-6826 and ask their policies on getting phone calls from your inmate.
Many jails and prisons are increasingly restricting the amount of time that an inmate can use the phone by placing daily and monthly limits, so try to pace yourself and not use up all your time at the beginning of the month.
Jails limit an inmate's phone time to certain hours of the day, so it is important you keep a regular schedule that works for both you and your inmate.
If your inmate does not call you during the time you both have scheduled, don't panic. There are often long lines for phone use. When a jail is on lockdown due to a fight or other security issue they do not allow the phones to be used.
Phones are the only way for an inmate to hear your voice and temporarily 'escape' the loneliness of incarceration, so use your time well. Arguing about anything will leave you both feeling empty and guilty, so avoid it at all costs.
All phone conversations are recorded. Whatever you talk about, can and will be used against your inmate in court. Never discuss their pending criminal case!
Click here to view the jail website for additional information.