Whitman County Jail – Colfax, WA

Whitman County Jail is located in Whitman County, WA and is the primary correctional facility for that region. Are you looking for someone in Whitman County Jail? This site tells you information about anything related to Whitman County Jail,like: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Intake procedures. Whitman County court information. And everything else.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary thought, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also their friends and family. This guide is designed to offer information you need to make the process a little less stressful. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask them, and any comments or tips that might be a benefit to others would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Whitman County Jail
411 N. Mill Street
Colfax, WA 99111

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (509) 397-6266
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is in jail and don’t know how to find out where they are?

Has a family member or friend that’s been arrested and you want to find them?

To look up who’s in jail at Whitman County Jail you will need to visit their web site and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Whitman County Jail Inmate Roster is an online list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, including current status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. You can find information about anybody booked or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to find their inmate information quicker if you’ve got the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for may be incarcerated at a different jail you will want to look here: Other Jails in Washington


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail processing photograph, is a picture taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is make of one full face and a profile picture. Your name and intake number will appear on the photos, and they’re kept on file at the jail.

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Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be found on the website, or you can go in person to the Whitman County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to input their full name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot erased from the Whitman County Jail site? This may not be possible, since your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you’re locked up, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, bail will be set by the 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 are released you are required to agree to show up for court, and you won’t be permitted to travel out of the county.

Typically, prisoners are given early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and act right while they are in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will either have to go back to the jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you may get to move to a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will have to pay is dictated by the crime you are charged with. Someone you know will need to pay to the courts 10% of the amount that was set in order to be released. If you don’t go to 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 know the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know what their bail is set at. You can also see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, it’s simple to do if you have the money. First of all, you need to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you won’t be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they will not accept checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will get released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually have a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and sometimes have a minimum charge of $100. This money will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will request to use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure is made up of each of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • You will have to answer some basic questions, like your full name, address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • 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 discharged from jail.
  • They will allow you to make a phone call in order to call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged from jail can take between 15 minutes to all day long. Or, simply, the quicker you post bail, the faster you will be released. How quickly you get discharged depends on if you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the judge must determine how much your bail will be. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a release date, you should plan to be discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you must start a jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go to the jail, and tell the intake officer that you think they might have an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they verify that you have one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Make sure that you aren’t late. Make sure that you only bring things that are allowed when you go, such as a driver’s license or your ID, prescription medication, as well as the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s information will be entered into a log of approved visitors as an Authorized visit. Each visitor is required to provide proof of identification. Anyone showing up late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies can change, so you should double-check the official jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Calls made in jail are usually pricier than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s phone privileges could be reduced or cut altogether.

Phone Number: (509) 397-6266

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of mail delivery. You must write the inmate’s name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the envelope. Don’t mail a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and read by the staff, and the mail will get returned to the sender if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Whitman County Jail, use this address:

Whitman County Jail
411 N. Mill Street
Colfax, WA 99111

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Whitman County Jail
411 N. Mill Street
Colfax, WA 99111


The mail policy can change, so it would be best to double check the official Whitman County Jail site when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have rights, the first of which is the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure you ask a friend or family member to find an attorney when you call. 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 lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate the legal system in Whitman County. The faster you get a lawyer involved with your situation, the better your chances.

For more information about how to find a lawyer, click: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender has access to independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social workers. Public Defenders are actual attorneys that are members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

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

All court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They are comprised of a file with a docket and all documents and motions filed in the case. You have the ability to access your court case records with the website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains the records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the fees and charges from your court case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Whitman County court magistrate is the person that rules over your court case. Magistrates do several different things, which include determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together with your background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will review when determining your sentence. Information will be collected from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Keep in mind you can ask to receive your own copy of the report before you are sentenced, and go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you will either be locked up immediately, or you might be given a date that you are required to to surrender and report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if a family member of friend is currently in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you need to go to the Whitman County jail website, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you can check the arrest warrants on the Whitman County jail website or call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Whitman County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or you can check online. An arrest is in the public record and the information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders must be listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see these offenders online, but remember that you will not see the street address, but only the block that they live on.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of people’s criminal past. These databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal histories from other states. You are able to go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you can get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for crimes, which include:

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

When you do a criminal history search, usually will not find if someone had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving histories, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you have to call the jail? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal records, and your account may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Whitman County,the Whitman 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

    While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in Whitman County Jail is very scary, eventually you will get used to the routine that is set for you. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm at about six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then have breakfast. After 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 Whitman 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 Whitman 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 funds to inmates at Whitman County Jail can change, so be sure to review the site before you send money 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 Whitman County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Whitman 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 Whitman 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 a prisoner at this jail? Do you have a friend or family member there? Have you ever visited someone at this jail?

    If yes, then you should write a review about it. Tell us about your jail experience because other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you could include in your comment:

    • Conditions in Whitman County Jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you get arrested? Were you fairly treated? How was life in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Tell your story about when you did time at Whitman County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Do you want to talk to someone from jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

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