Skagit County Jail – Mount Vernon, WA

Skagit County Jail is located in Skagit County, WA and is the correctional facility for the region. Are you looking for somebody in Skagit County Jail? This guide tells you all about everything one might want to know about Skagit County Jailsuch as the following: Find an inmate at Skagit County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures. Court information and records. And much much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary situation, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their friends and family. This guide is designed to offer information that you’ll need to make going to jail a lot easier. If you have a question, feel free to ask it, and any tips or comments that would be a benefit to other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Skagit County Jail
600 South Third St
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 360-336-9448
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that has gone to jail and want to locate them?

Do you know a family member or friend who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

To look up who is in jail at Skagit County Jail you will need to navigate to their web site and do an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Skagit County Jail Inmate Locator is an online list of persons currently in custody, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you are able to find info on anyone booked or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to get the information fast if you enter your friend or family member’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member is in a different jail you will want to check our guide to other Washington jails: Washington Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or booking photograph, is a picture that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is make of one frontal photo and a side-view photo. Your name and booking number will appear on the photos, and they’re kept on file.

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Mugshotes of Skagit County Jail prisoners can be searched on the website, or you can go in person to the Skagit County Jail. When viewing online you have to input the inmate’s full name, and the booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot taken off of the Skagit County Jail website? This can be tricky, since your mugshot is a public record. You have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the various mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you are arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve been booked, bail will be set by the magistrate. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are are released you will have to promise to be there for your court date, and until that day you won’t be permitted to travel out of the county.

Typically, inmates can earn time off for good behavior if they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will either have to stay jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you might be permitted to move into a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will have to pay depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. You or someone you know will have to put up ten percent of the total that was set so you are able to be released from jail. If you fail to show up for your scheduled court date, the person that bailed you out of jail won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you must call the Skagit County Jail. If you’ve got the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Skagit County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but in some cases, its really easy if you have the money. To start with, figure out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If so, you will not be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they will not accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should use a bail bondsman. They will usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and in most cases have a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will in most cases use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To talk to a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at Skagit County Jail

Have you ever had to use a bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If you have, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes each of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • You will answer a bunch of questions, such as what is your full legal name, your address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will get to use the phone in order to call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you will be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to change into a jail uniform.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, please tell your story. How long did it take? How were you treated? Can you share any secrets that could help other people that get arrested to get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get released from jail. This process will take from 30 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the faster you post bail, the quicker you will get discharged. How quickly you get discharged might depend on if you’ve got a cash bond amount or if the judge has to determine your bail amount. For minor charges, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served your sentence and have a discharge date, plan to be discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you have to start your sentence, you really should follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail reception area, and tell someone that think that there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they verify that you have one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be very careful that you are not late. Be sure to only bring things that are allowed when you turn yourself in, like your drivers license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail. Your visitor’s names will be put in a log of visitors as an authorized visitor. All visitors will have to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors that gets to visitation or that does not have a visting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Skagit County Jail can change, so we suggest that you review the official site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . These phone calls are generally more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but you should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone privileges could be reduced or forbidden completely.

The Skagit County Jail phone number is: 360-336-9448

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other form of mail delivery. You should write or type the person’s name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the letter. Don’t mail a box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail sent to inmates gets opened and read by the jail officers, and the mail will get returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Skagit County Jail:

Skagit County Jail
600 South Third St
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Skagit County Jail
600 South Third St
Mount Vernon, WA 98273


The mail policy at Skagit County Jail changes frequently, so you should visit the official website when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have particular rights, the first of which is that you have the right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure to get a friend or relative to find an attorney when you talk to them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a lawyer will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you find your way through the complicated legal system in Skagit County. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

For more information about this subject, click here: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. The Public Defender Office is staffed by private investigators, forensics experts as well as case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are actual attorneys who are members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law.

Have you ever had to use the services of a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records have a case file with a docket and all of the motions, documents, and evidence filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access your court case records via the online service, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence from your court case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs from your case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the type of judge who presides on your case. They do many different things, like setting bail amounts, issuing warrants, and presiding over first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about the arrestee’s background and information about the arrestee’s life, which the judge will take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information will be solicited from the defendant, his or her family members, and if necessary the victim. Bear in mind you can ask to get your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get immediately taken into custody, or you might be given a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do this, just query the Skagit County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can also call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you can check arrest warrants inquiry online or call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask one of the officers. Bear in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Skagit County jail, by phone, in person, or find out online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, which can be a court order. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Skagit County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view sex offenders on the website, but keep in mind that you will not be able to find the exact address, rather the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a case file containing a docket sheet and any documents filed in your case. You can access court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of someone’s criminal past. These state databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal convictions from other states. You are able to go to the Skagit County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you are able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

During a criminal records search, usually will not learn if they has had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your account might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Skagit County,the Skagit County Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

    Skagit County Sheriff’s Department’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of being incarcerated in the Skagit County jail is quite unpleasant, in time you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm at 6:00am, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will get 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 Skagit 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 Skagit 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 is always changing, so you should visit the the Skagit County Jail website 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 Skagit County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Skagit 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 Skagit 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:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been an inmate at Skagit County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member there? Have you ever visited an inmate in this jail?

    If so, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Write down your experience because others will know what to expect.

    Things you could write in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story about it. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? How was life in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Tell Your Story

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Are you trying to throw a shout out to somebody you met when you were locked up? Throw a shout out to them here.

    Say Hello to people still locked up at Skagit County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Skagit County Jail Link
    Skagit County Jail Inmate Search
    View Skagit County Jail Mugshots
    Skagit County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Skagit County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Skagit County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Find an inmate at Skagit County Jail
    Skagit County Jail Warrant Inquiry Link
    Skagit County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Skagit County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Skagit County Jail Employment


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  1. darcy says:

    I went onliine to the skagit county jail site it say that to find out about warrants call the Jail and or do a warrant inquiry search … I called the jail just now to report information on a person who is in jail in eastern wa and has two felony Gun assault charges here in skagit county… The man I spoke to , ( who was rathre abrupt and borderline rude) said he could not help me it is not the jail job that I would have to call the court the warrant was issued from .. ………..that would be fine except the court house is closed at 4:3o and It already was after 4 .. so this violent man who is in custody right now who probably has warrants as he was scheduled fro court in skagit county feb 2nd 2012 might get away cuz no one wo9udl listen or take the info I had … there is NO link on the site fro me to do a search myself as it states there is and no one to call and ask till the mornig which I am sure they wont even tell me .. I just wnted to give in fo on this guy cuase he held a gun with lasar pointer at my 19 yr old nephews head and his 16 yr old pregnant step daughter heart… this guy is violent he is in okangaon county jail right now has been since feb 16 .. chances are skagit county knows but yo9u are always hearign how someone has slipped through the cracks didnt want it to happen this time !!! so much for trying to do the right thing

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