No. Neither this jail nor any other jail allows you to directly phone an inmate.
If there an emergency such as the death of an inmate’s immediate family member, you may call the jail and ask to speak to the watch commander.
Explain the situation and the watch commander will determine whether to schedule a special visit so you can tell the inmate, or to have the inmate told by jail staff/chaplain.
It will be decided on a case-by-case basis.
You might be asked to provide evidence of the emergency prior to the inmate being notified.
This jail contracts with NCIC Inmate Calls.
Click here to make a deposit.
Click the “Deposit Funds Now” link.
When the page opens you click Sign-up now, OR “add funds as a guest”.
At least one person must register an account and register the phone numbers that can be called using funds from the account.
Once the account has been verified anyone who wishes to contribute funds can go to the site and choose “add funds as a guest” to contribute.
No. Inmates are not allowed cell phones in Franklin 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.
If you are found to have helped an inmate get a cell phone in jail, you could face criminal charges, especially if the phone is used by an inmate to set up or commit a crime.
A growing number of jails now offer email services to inmates and their families. This can save you time by letting you view your email from your smart phone, computer, or tablet, whenever you wish.
You don't have to deal with envelopes, stamps or the post office.
Inmates like it because the emails typically eliminate delayed mail runs so they can get your correspondence quickly and send responses immediately.
Jail staffs like it as it eliminates concerns about contraband entering the facility in envelopes and on paper. It also allows the jail to have an electronic record that can be called upon at any time.
Anything you or your inmate writes in an email service is put through a filtering program that looks for certain words related to criminal and/or gang activities.
There have been multiple cases in which emails between inmates and their friends or loved ones have been used as evidence in criminal court cases to convict them or to file new charges.
Inmates at this jail cannot send or receive emails but the policy can change anytime.
Call 509.545.3501 or click here to see if email services are currently being offered at this jail and if so, how to sign up you and your inmate.
Remember that all calls are recorded and randomly listened to by security staff. If you discuss something about your inmate’s case, it can be used against the inmate in court. In addition, if you discuss anything that threatens the security of the jail, other inmates or the public you could lose your privileges to receive calls from the jail.
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.