Garfield County Jail – Pomeroy, WA

Garfield County Jail is located in Garfield County, Washington and is the main jail for this area. Do you know somebody locked up at Garfield County Jail? This page gives you info about anything a person needs to know about Garfield County Jail: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Garfield County court information. And lots more.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary situation, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also their family and friends. This guide is designed to give you info you need to make the process easier. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any comments or tips that could help other people in the same situation will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Garfield County Jail
789 West Main St.
Pomeroy, WA 99347

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 509-843-3494
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend in jail and need to locate them?

Has a family member or friend that has been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to see who is in jail at Garfield County Jail you will need to click on their website and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Garfield County Jail Inmate Locator has information on people who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and visiting schedule. You can also find info about anybody arrested and processed or released within the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to locate their inmate information more quickly if you have the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If your friend or loved one is incarcerated at a different jail you can look here: Washington Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake picture, is a photograph taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. They take one face photo and a side photo. Your full name and intake number will be in the photos, and they will be stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Garfield County Jail inmates can be seen online, or you can view them at the Garfield County Jail. When viewing online you need to put in the person’s first and last name, and the booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot erased from the Garfield County Jail site? This is difficult, since the mugshot is public record. You must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot websites, 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 arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail is set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you must promise to go to your court date, and until then you must not leave town.

In most cases, prisoners at Garfield County Jail will earn an early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while locked up.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. You will be required to stay the jail each day after work, or you may have the chance to sleep in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the court system in order to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you have to pay depends on the crime you are charged with. You will need to post ten percent of the total that was set in order to get out of jail. If you miss your court appearance, the person that paid your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail have to call the Garfield County Jail. If know the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Garfield County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is never a fun thing, but most of the time, it’s simple to do if you have the money. First, find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they can’t accept a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will get released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and usually charge a minimum charge of $100. This money will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will usually require that they use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To contact a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman

Have you ever used the services of bail bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process includes each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you have to answer some questions, such as what is your full legal name, your address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will be allowed to make a telephone call to get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, they will let you keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you you will have to change into a jail jumpsuit.

Have you ever been booked into jail? If you have, please share your experience. How long did it take to get through intake? How were you treated? Can you tell us secrets that will help other people get through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged takes between 15 minutes to all day. Or, simply, the quicker bail is posted, the faster you can get released from jail. Also, it will depend on whether you have a cash bond amount or if the magistrate must determine your bail amount. For minor charges, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a discharge date, plan to get released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you have to start your sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, report to the jail, and tell an officer that you think there may be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if there is one, you will be taken into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Make sure that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring required items with you, like a driver’s license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitors will be entered into the log as an Authorized visit. Each visitor has to provide proof of identification. Anyone arriving late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Garfield County Jail visitation procedures can change, so it would be wise to double-check the official Garfield County Jail jail site before you go to visitation.

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 . These phone calls are usually more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone calls might get cut back or forbidden completely.

Phone Number: 509-843-3494

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates has to be sent using the US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of mail delivery. You should write the name, inmate number, and the jail address on the letter. Do not send a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail gets opened and read and inspected by staff, and will be sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Garfield County Jail is:

Garfield County Jail
789 West Main St.
Pomeroy, WA 99347

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Garfield County Jail
789 West Main St.
Pomeroy, WA 99347


The inmate mail policy at Garfield County Jail is always changing, so you should review the official website before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you still have rights, and an important one is the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you get a friend or relative to find an attorney when you call. You may be thinking ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal lawyer will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you find your way through the complicated legal system that you are now faced with. The faster you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better off you’ll be.

To read more about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, visit: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender Office has access to investigators, experts in forensics and social workers. Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers that are admitted to the Washington State Bar Association and are fully licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are public records. Court records contain a file with a docket and all documents and motions that have been filed in your case. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case using the website, or by going to the Garfield County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records associated with your court case are available at Garfield County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

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

Magistrate

The Garfield County court magistrate is the judge that will preside over your case. Magistrates are judges that do several different things, like setting bail amounts, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together with your background information and information about the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate judge will review and take into account when decide your sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Remember you are allowed to ask to have your own copy of the report prior to sentencing, and make sure that you correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service to probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you may be taken into custody immediately, or you could receive a date to to surrender and report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

You can you will have to query the Garfield County jail website, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or jail ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants on the website or you are able to call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. You should know that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Garfield County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and this is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, which can be a court order. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Garfield County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see sex offenders on the internet, but remember that you won’t find the precise address, but only the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and any filings and documents filed in your court case. You can access the court records on their website, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of people’s criminal history. These online databases are all linked and you can track criminal convictions from another state. You are able to go to the Garfield County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will be able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes, which can include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you will not discover if they had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of 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? How easy was it? Did you search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your account might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Garfield County,the Garfield County Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in Garfield County Jail is very scary, eventually you will become accustomed to the daily routine. You will get a wake-up alarm at about 6:00AM, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. Following breakfast you will be required to work in the program that has been assigned to you. 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 Garfield 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 Garfield 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 process for sending money to people in jail can change, so we suggest that you review the site when you send funds to an inmate.

    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

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Garfield County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Garfield 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 Garfield County 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:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • 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 a prisoner in Garfield County Jail? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at Garfield County Jail?

    If so, then you should leave a comment below about it. Write about your experience so other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in what you write:

    • Conditions in Garfield County Jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Activities and programs


    Let Everyone Know

    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story to tell. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Need to find someone you met in jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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