Washington Parish Jail – Franklinton, LA

Washington Parish Jail is in Washington Parish and is the main correctional facility for this county. Do you know someone incarcerated at Washington Parish Jail? This site gives you information about everything you might need to know about Washington Parish Jail,such as: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Washington Parish Jail intake procedures. Court records. And everything else.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also their friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give you all the information and tips that you’ll need to make the process a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask it, and please leave any feedback or comments that could be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Washington Parish Jail
1002 Main Street
Franklinton, LA 70438

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (985) 732-7160
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is in jail and don’t know how to locate them?

Do you know a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you want to locate them?

In order to see who is in jail at Washington Parish Jail you should go to their link and use the inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Washington Parish Jail Inmate Locator is a list of persons who are in jail, which includes status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can get the same information for anyone processed or released in the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to locate the information quicker if you have the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for is at a different jail you will want to check our Louisiana county jail guide: Louisiana County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a booking picture, is a photograph that the police take during jail intake processing. They take one full face and a profile picture. Your full name and intake number will be on the photos, and they will be kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Washington Parish Jail inmates can be viewed on the website, or you can view them at the Washington Parish Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will need to input the first and last name, and the booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot taken off of the Washington Parish Jail website? This is difficult, since your mugshot is a public record. You will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the various mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you’re in jail, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail amount will be set either by bail schedule or magistrate. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out you must agree to go to your court date, and until that date you will not be permitted to go out of town.

Usually, inmates in the Washington Parish Jail will earn time off in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. You will have to stay jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you could have the chance to move to a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will be required to pay is determined by the crime you’ve been charged with. Someone you know will need to pay to the courts ten percent of the total that was determined in order for you to get discharged from jail. If you don’t go to your court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you must call the Washington Parish Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, it’s really easy if you have the money. First, you need to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you will not be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail will not accept a check. When you’ve paid bail, the inmate will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually have a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and sometimes with a minimum fee of $100. This money will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman will usually require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To talk to a bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Washington Parish

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes each of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • You have to answer some simple questions, such as your legal name, street address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will be allowed to make a phone call to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, they will let you keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged from jail takes between 15 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the faster you post bail, the sooner you can get released from jail. How quickly you get discharged might depend on if you’ve got a bond amount or if the magistrate has to decide on how much your bail will be. For minor offenses, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the date of your release, you should expect to get released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you must start your sentence, it is recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go to the jail processing area, and tell them that you think they might have an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a record check, and if so, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Make sure that you are not late. Be sure to only bring required items when you go, like a driver’s license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates need to list each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will be put into a log of approved visitors for the inmate that requested the visitor. Every visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone arriving late or without a visiting order will not be able to attend visitation.
The Washington Parish Jail visitation procedures frequently change, so you should visit the official jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Phone calls made in jail are much pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but you should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the rules and are disciplined, your ability to use the phone might get cut back or eliminated altogether.

The Washington Parish Jail phone number is: (985) 732-7160

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates has to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of mail delivery. You have to clearly write the person’s name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the letter. Don’t send anything in a box, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and read by the officers at the jail, and the mail will be returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Washington Parish Jail:

Washington Parish Jail
1002 Main Street
Franklinton, LA 70438

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Washington Parish Jail
1002 Main Street
Franklinton, LA 70438


The Washington Parish Jail inmate mail policy changes often, so check the the Washington Parish Jail website when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you have particular rights, the most important of which is your right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure you get a friend or relative to locate a lawyer when you call them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal defense lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and show you the way through the criminal justice system that you are now faced with. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better.

To read more about this, go to: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as investigators, experts in forensics and social workers. All Public Defenders are real attorneys, admitted to the Louisiana State Bar Association and are completely licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

Washington Parish court records are public records. Court records contain a court case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access your court records via the Washington Parish website, or by going to the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Washington Parish Clerk of Court is a member of the court that manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All court records related to your case are available at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the fees and charges associated with your court case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the judge that presides on your case. Magistrates do different tasks, such as setting bail amounts, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over initial court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include your background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will consider when decide your sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the defendant, his or her family members, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Don’t forget you are able to request to receive a copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you can go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you may be immediately taken into custody, or you could get a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if someone is locked up, or has ever been in jail?

You can you will have to access the Washington Parish jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you can check arrest warrants inquiry on the website or call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. Bear in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, like a court order. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You are able to see this information on the internet, but bear in mind that you will not be able to get the precise address, just the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a case file containing a docket sheet and any documents and filings filed in your court case. You can access court records on their website, or at the Washington Parish Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of people’s criminal past. These databases are connected and you can track criminal histories from any other state. You are able to go to the Washington Parish Courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you are able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for these crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases will not see if they has had any:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you will have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it easy? Did you search online or did you have to call the jail? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal records, and your account might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Washington Parish,the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in Washington Parish Jail is quite unpleasant, you will soon settle into the daily routine there. Prisoners get an alarm to wake up at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then have breakfast. After breakfast, you will work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Parish 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 Parish 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 process for sending funds to inmates at Washington Parish Jail can change, so review the the Washington Parish 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 Parish Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Washington Parish 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 Parish Jail

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to 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 been locked up at Washington Parish Jail? Do you know anybody that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner there?

    If yes, then please tell us about it. Tell us about your experience so others will know what to expect.

    Things you can write in what you write:

    • Conditions in Washington Parish Jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you get locked up? How did the guards treat you? How was day to day life at Washington Parish Jail? What about the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Trying to find out how to get in touch with a person you met in jail? Write your message below.

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