Washington County Jail – Chipley, FL

Washington County Jail is in Washington County, Florida and is the main jail for the county. Are you looking for somebody locked up at Washington County Jail? This guide tells you all about everything related to Washington County Jail: Find out who’s in jail at Washington County Jail? Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Washington County Jail intake procedures. Washington County court information. And more…

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The chance of going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to offer advice and information you need to make going to jail easier. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any comments or tips that would be a benefit to other people in the same situation would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Washington County Jail
1100 Brickyard Road
Chipley, FL 32428

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 850-638-6111
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that has gone to jail and need to find out where they are?

Do you know somebody who has been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

In order to search who’s in jail at Washington County Jail you need to navigate to their web site and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Washington County Jail Inmate Lookup is a list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, including custody status, bail amount, and times you can visit. Also, you are able to get information about anyone who has been arrested or released within the last 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to find the information quicker if you enter their first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for could possibly be incarcerated at a different jail you should look here, too: Florida Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a booking photograph, is a photo that the police take when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is actually one and a side-view photo. Your full name and jail ID number will appear on the pictures, and they are on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be searched on the Washington County Jail website, or you can see them at the Washington County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you have to input the person’s legal name, and an arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot taken off of the Washington County Jail site? This is difficult, since the mugshot is a public record. You must file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that your arrest record will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the various websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you’re incarcerated, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve been booked, a bail amount will be determined by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you will have to agree to go to your court date, and until that date you can’t travel out of the county.

In most cases, inmates in the Washington County Jail are given an early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will either have to go back to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you could be allowed to move into a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you will be required to pay to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will have to pay is determined by the seriousness of your charges. You will have to post ten percent of the total set so you are able to get discharged from jail. If you don’t go to court, the person that paid your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you have to call the Washington County Jail. If know the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know how much their bail is. You can also see the bail amount online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is never a fun thing, but in some cases, it is really easy. To start with, figure out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you will not be able to use a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they will not accept checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it, you should try a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and usually with a minimum of $100. This will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman will require that they use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

You can find a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Time Served
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you must answer a bunch of questions, like your full legal name, home address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to use the phone to call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you you will have to change into a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get released from jail. The discharge process will take from 15 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the faster you can post bail, the faster you can get out of jail. How quickly you get discharged will depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond or if the magistrate still needs to determine the bail amount. For minor charges, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and have a discharge date, you should plan to be discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you must begin your jail sentence, you really should follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. For a warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and tell someone that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order states. Make sure that you don’t show up late. Only bring approved items when you turn yourself in, such as a driver’s license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you have to give each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s names will be entered in the log for the inmate. Each visitor must provide identification. Any visitors arriving late or that is not an approved visitor will be turned away.
Visitation procedures change often, so it would be wise to visit the official Washington County Jail jail site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Calls made in jail are typically more costly than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates must keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s phone privileges might get cut back or eliminated completely.

The Washington County Jail phone number is: 850-638-6111

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other method of mail delivery. You have to clearly write or type the person’s name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send a box or package, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and read and examined by the jail administration, and will be returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Washington County Jail:

Washington County Jail
1100 Brickyard Road
Chipley, FL 32428

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Washington County Jail
1100 Brickyard Road
Chipley, FL 32428


The Washington County Jail mail policy changes, so we suggest that you visit the site before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you still have certain rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure you ask a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal lawyer can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and guide you through the legal system in Washington County. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better.

For more info on this, read our guide: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has access to independent investigators, forensics experts as well as social case workers. All Public Defenders are actual lawyers who are admitted to the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law in Florida.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

Washington County court records are public records. They contain a case file with a docket sheet and all of the motions, documents, and evidence filed in the course of your case. You, and anyone else, can access the records and documents in your court case via the Washington County website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath during court cases, and read the jury’s verdict. All records from your court case are held at Washington County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges associated with your court case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the type of judge that rules over your case. They do many different things, which include setting bail, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the arrestee’s background and information about the defendant’s life, which the magistrate judge will consider when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim. Be sure to remember you can ask to receive your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you get the chance to correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you will either be locked up immediately, or you could get a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if some you know is locked up, or has been an inmate in the past?

To do so, you need to access the Washington County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants on the Washington County jail website or you are able to call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or look online. Arrest records are public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, like warrants. You can access civil process orders by going to the Washington County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are listed and registered on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You are able to see this information on the website, but remember that you can’t see the actual address, but rather the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. They include a case file containing a court docket and any of the filings and documents filed in the court case. You can access your court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of a person’s criminal background. These state databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal histories from another state. You are able to go to courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that the crime was in a totally different state, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for these crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, you will not be able to see if that person had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you will have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you call the jail? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your account could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Washington County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

    Washington County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in Washington County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, in time you will settle into the routine that is set for you in jail. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up each morning at 6am, and next you’ll have roll call. You will then have breakfast. Following breakfast you will be required to work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Washington County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Washington County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The rules for sending funds to people in jail can change, so it would be best to review the the Washington County Jail website before you send money to an inmate there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Washington County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Washington County Jail, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at Washington County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever spent any time at this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at Washington County Jail?

    If yes, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write down your jail experience because other people will know what to expect.

    What to include in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has a story to tell. How’d you get locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? What about the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Did you make friends in jail? Trying to find a person you met in jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Washington County Jail Website
    Washington County Jail Inmate Search Link
    View Washington County Jail Mugshots
    Washington County Jail Bail Link

    Washington County Jail Visitation Procedures
    Washington County Jail Mail Policy
    Locate an inmate at Washington County Jail
    Washington County Jail Warrant Inquiry Link
    Washington County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Washington County Jail
    Jobs at Washington County Jail


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