Grays Harbor County Jail – Montesano, WA

Grays Harbor County Jail is in Grays Harbor County, Washington and is the main jail for the region. Know someone locked up at Grays Harbor County Jail? This site tells you info about anything a person needs to know about Grays Harbor County Jailsuch as the following: Find an inmate at Grays Harbor County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and daunting thought, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their friends and family. This guide is designed to give advice and information that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail easier. If you have questions, just ask them, and any feedback or comments that would be beneficial to others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Grays Harbor County Jail
100 W. Broadway
Montesano, WA 98563

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 360-249-6070
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is incarcerated and need to contact them?

Has somebody who’s been arrested and you want to find them?

In order to find out who is in jail at Grays Harbor County Jail you should navigate to their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Grays Harbor County Jail Inmate Lookup is a list of persons who have been arrested, including status, bail amount (if applicable), and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can get information on anyone booked or released within the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to get their inmate information fast if you’ve got your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the inmate you are looking for might be incarcerated at a different jail you can look here, too: Other Jails in Washington


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail processing photo, is a photograph taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one face photo and a profile picture. Your full name and intake number will appear on the mugshot, and they are stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be viewed on the website, or you can go in person to the Grays Harbor County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will have to input the name, and the arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot removed from the Grays Harbor County Jail site? This can be tricky, since the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you’re in jail, your only thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through booking, a bail amount is determined by a special judge called a magistrate. If no bail is set this might mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you must agree to be there for your court date, and until that day you must not leave town.

In most cases, an inmate in the Grays Harbor County Jail will earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. Either you will have to return to the jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you could get to move to a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will be required to pay all depends on the seriousness of your crime. Someone you know will need to pay 10 percent of the total amount that was determined so you can be released from jail. If you don’t show up for court, whoever posted your bail 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 will need to call the Grays Harbor County Jail. If you have all the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you what their bail is set at. You can also see the bail amount on the Grays Harbor County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but usually, it is very simple to do. To start with, you need to know if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you won’t be able to get a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail won’t accept a personal check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will get released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes charge a minimum charge of $100. This money is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will usually request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.

To find a local bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Grays Harbor County

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure takes you through each of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you will have to answer some basic questions, such as what is your full legal name, address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will be taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will then be allowed to make a telephone call so you can contact family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get released from jail. The discharge process can take between 30 minutes to all day. In simple terms, the faster bail is posted, the quicker you will get let go. Also, it depends on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond amount or if the judge has to figure out your bail amount. For a minor charge, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and have a release date, expect to be released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, you really should do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go to the jail intake center, and tell an officer that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you don’t show up late. Be sure to only bring allowed items when you go, such as a driver’s license or your ID, prescription medication, as well as a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate have to give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail. Your visitors will go into the visitation log for the requesting inmate. All visitors must provide proof of identification. Anyone showing up late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Grays Harbor County Jail visitation procedures can change, so it would be wise to visit the official site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . These phone calls are much more costly than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone privileges might get cut back or forbidden completely.

Phone Number: 360-249-6070

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be mailed using the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. Clearly write or type the inmate’s name, inmate ID, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send a package, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail sent to inmates will be opened and inspected and read by the officers at the jail, and the mail will be sent back if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Grays Harbor County Jail is:

Grays Harbor County Jail
100 W. Broadway
Montesano, WA 98563

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Grays Harbor County Jail
100 W. Broadway
Montesano, WA 98563


The mail policy at Grays Harbor County Jail can change, so you should review the the Grays Harbor County Jail website when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you still have certain rights, and an important one is the right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to get a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you call them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you through the complicated court system that you are now faced with. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better.

For more information on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, go to: How to Find an Attorney in Grays Harbor County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender has a number of staff such as private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social workers. Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers, members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law in Washington.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

Grays Harbor County court records are are public records and are available upon request. They include a court case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and every motions, documents, and evidence filed in the course of your case. You can access court records using the online service, or by going to the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that maintains court records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and read the jury’s verdict. All records and documents associated with your court case are maintained at the Grays Harbor County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the costs associated with your case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the type of judge that will preside on your case. Magistrates are judges that do different tasks, like setting your bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and overseeing initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about your background and as much detail about the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the defendant, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Remember that you should ask to have a copy of this 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 given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you might get taken into custody immediately, or you could get a date that you are required to turn yourself into jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you should query the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can also call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the court records on the Grays Harbor County court website or you are able to call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. Keep 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 name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or look online. Arrest records are public record and this information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by contacting the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are listed and registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access sex offenders on the website, but remember that you won’t find the exact address, but only the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a court case file that includes a court docket and all of the filings and documents filed in the case. You can access the court records on their website, or at the Grays Harbor County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of people’s criminal history. These state databases are all linked so you can track criminal histories from any other state. You are able to go to the Grays Harbor County Courthouse and inquire, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if the crime was in a different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you can find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t learn if that person has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you will have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? Was the information correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your account may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Grays Harbor County,the Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of getting locked up in Grays Harbor County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, in time you will become accustomed to the daily routine. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm at about 6:00 AM, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. Following breakfast you will have to 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 Grays Harbor 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 Grays Harbor 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 procedure to send funds to people in jail might change, so it would be best to check the site when send funds to someone in jail 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

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Grays Harbor County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Grays Harbor 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 Grays Harbor 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:

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims 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 in this jail? Do you know anybody that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner there?

    If so, then please write a review about it. Write about your jail experience so others can learn what to expect.

    Things you could write in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story about it. How’d you get locked up? How did the guards treat you? How was life in jail? What about the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Click here to tell your story about Grays Harbor County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Trying to say wassup to an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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