King County Correctional Facility – Seattle, WA

King County Correctional Facility is located in King County, Washington and is the primary correctional facility for that region. Looking for somebody locked up at King County Correctional Facility? This guide tells you all about anything a person needs to know about King County Correctional Facility,like: How to locate an inmate at King County Correctional Facility. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. King County Correctional Facility intake procedures. Court information and records. And much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and stressfull idea, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give you advice and information that you’ll need to make getting locked up a lot easier. If you have a specific question, just ask them, and any comments or feedback that might be beneficial to other people in the same situation will be welcome.

General Information

Address

King County Correctional Facility
500 5Th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (206) 296-1234
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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 want to contact them?

Has someone that has been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

To see who’s in jail at King County Correctional Facility you will have to visit their web site and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The King County Correctional Facility Inmate Search is an online list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes custody status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. Also, you are able to find information on anybody processed or released in the last 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to find the information faster if you enter their first and last name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for may be in a different jail you will want to look here, too: Other County Jails in Washington


Mugshots

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

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be viewed online, or you can see them in person at the King County Correctional Facility. When you search for mugshots online you will have to put in the first and last name, and a booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot erased from the King County Correctional Facility website? This can be tricky, because the mugshot is a matter of public record. You have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be accessible. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you are in jail, your primary thought is about how to get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail amount will be set by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out you are required to agree to go to your court date, and until that day you will not be permitted to leave town.

In most cases, inmates are given an early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to do work release. You will either have to return to jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you could be allowed to live in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you will be required to pay to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will have to pay depends on how serious your charges are. You or someone you know will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total that was determined so you are able to be released from jail. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, the person that paid your bail won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will let you know what their bail is set at. You can also check their bail amount and status on the King County Correctional Facility site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, its really easy. To start with, you need to know if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they will not take a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the prisoner will be released to your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford it, you should use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and usually have a minimum fee of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will in most cases ask to use assets as collateral for the bond.

If you need a local bail bondsman click here: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever had to find a bail bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If you have, 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
  • 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 jail intake procedure takes you through each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • First, will have to answer some questions, like your full name, your address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • They will let you use the phone to get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If so, please share your experience. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? Were you treated fairly? Do you have any things that could help others get through the procedure?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process can take from 30 minutes to all day long. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the quicker you will be freed. It also depends on whether or not you have a cash bond amount or if a magistrate needs to figure out how much to set your bail at. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a release date, you should expect to be released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, you should follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail, and let them know that think that there is a warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they find one, you will be taken into jail custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Be very careful that you are not late to report. Just bring things that are allowed when you go, for example a driver’s license or even photo ID, prescription medication, and the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to list the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail. Your visitors will be put into the visitation log for the inmate. Every visitor will have to provide proof of identification. Visitors arriving late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so visit the official King County Correctional Facility jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Phone calls made in jail are a lot pricier than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s phone privileges may be limited or forbidden completely.

The King County Correctional Facility phone number is: (206) 296-1234

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other type of mail delivery. You should print the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and jail address on the envelope. Don’t send a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail sent to inmates gets opened and read and inspected by the staff, and the mail will get returned if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at King County Correctional Facility:

King County Correctional Facility
500 5Th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
King County Correctional Facility
500 5Th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104


The King County Correctional Facility inmate mail policy changes, so review the site before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, one of these being your right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure to get a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you talk to them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, an attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and show you the way through the complicated court system in King County. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

For more information on how to find an attorney, click here: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has access to independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social case workers. All Public Defenders are licensed lawyers who are members of the State Bar and are licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? What was your experience?

Court Records

All court records are a matter of public record. They have a case file with a docket and all documents and motions that have been filed. You are able to access your court records with the internet service, or at the King County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records and documents relating to your case are available at King County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees are all costs from your court case, for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the type of judge that will preside on your case. Magistrates do many different things, which include determing how much your bail will be, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the arrestee’s background and information about the defendant’s life and history, which the judge will review and take into account when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim. Remember that you should ask to receive a copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you can correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get taken into custody, right there in court, or you might be given a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

This is pretty simple to do, just you should access the King County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants on the website or you can call the court. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. Bear in mind 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 their arrest date, contact the King County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or look online. An arrest is a matter of public record and this information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, which can be warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view these listings on the website, but you should know that you can’t get the actual address, but only the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a case file containing a docket and any of the documents filed in your case. You are able to access your court records on their website, or at Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of a person’s criminal background. These state databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal histories from another state. Go to county courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that it was in a different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will be able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you generally will not see if someone had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving records, you have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How easy was it? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal records, and your account might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In King County,the King County Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in the King County jail is very scary, eventually you will get used to the daily routine there. Inmates get a wake-up alarm each morning at six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. When you finish 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 King County Correctional Facility, 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 King County Correctional Facility 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 inmates at King County Correctional Facility could change, so we suggest that you double check the official King County Correctional Facility 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 King County Correctional Facility

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the King County Correctional Facility, 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 King County Correctional Facility

    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.

    Tell Your Story


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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 an inmate in King County Correctional Facility? Do you have a family member or friend that spent time there? Have you ever visited an inmate at this jail?

    If so, then you should write your review about it. Write about your experience because others can learn what to expect.

    Things you could write in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Activities and programs


    Speak Your Mind

    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story about it. How’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? How was day to day life at King County Correctional Facility? What about the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Tell Your Story

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Trying to get in touch with a friend from jail? Leave a message for them here.

    Say Wassup


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