Wahkiakum County Jail – Cathlamet, WA

Wahkiakum County Jail is located in Wahkiakum County and is the main jail for the county. Know somebody at Wahkiakum County Jail? This guide tells you info about anything you might want to know about Wahkiakum County Jail,like the following: How to locate an inmate. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures. Wahkiakum County court information. And much, much more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull idea, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to give you all the information and tips you need to make getting locked up a lot easier. If you have a question, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or tips that could be a benefit to others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Wahkiakum County Jail
64 Main Street
Cathlamet, WA 98612

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 360-795-3242
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Do you know somebody that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

In order to look up who is in jail at Wahkiakum County Jail you have to navigate to their web site and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Wahkiakum County Jail Inmate Lookup is an online list of people who are in jail, which includes current status, bail amount (if applicable), and times you can visit. Also, you can find info about anybody processed or discharged within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to get the information faster if you enter the arrestee’s full name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the inmate you are looking for could possibly be in another jail you should look here, too: Washington County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail processing photo, is a picture that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is make of one and a side picture. Your name and jail booking number will appear on the photos, and they will be stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be found online, or you can see them at the Wahkiakum County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you have to input the full name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot removed from the Wahkiakum County Jail site? This will be difficult, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest 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.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you’re locked up, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, bail is set by a special judge called a 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 show up for court, and until then you must not travel out of the county.

In most cases, a prisoner at Wahkiakum County Jail can earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while incarcerated.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. Either you will have to go back to jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you may be allowed to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount you will have to pay is determined by how serious your crime is. You or someone you know will have to put up 10 percent of the total that was determined before you can be released. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, whoever put up your bail money won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will have to call the Wahkiakum County Jail. If you’ve got the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. You can also find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is no fun, but in some cases, its easy. To start with, you need to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you won’t be able to use the services of a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they won’t take checks. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and sometimes charge a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will use your assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

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

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process is made up of each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you will have to answer a bunch of questions, like your full legal name, home address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will get to make a phone call so you can contact family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be allowed to wear your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged from jail will take between 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. In simple terms, the quicker you post bail, the quicker you will get let go. How quickly you get discharged depends on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond or if the magistrate needs to figure out how much your bail will be. For a minor charge, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and know the release date, you should plan to get discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, you should follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and tell someone that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if there is one, they will take you into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be very careful that you don’t show up late. Be sure to only bring things that are allowed when you go, like a driver’s license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s information will be put in the visitation log as an approved visitor. All visitors will have to provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures change often, so double-check the official site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are typically more expensive than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s ability to use the phone may be limited or totally denied.

The Wahkiakum County Jail phone number is: 360-795-3242

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You cannot use any other form of mail delivery. You should write or type the person’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail a box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail sent to inmates will be opened and examined by the jail officers, and will be returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Wahkiakum County Jail:

Wahkiakum County Jail
64 Main Street
Cathlamet, WA 98612

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Wahkiakum County Jail
64 Main Street
Cathlamet, WA 98612


The mail policy changes frequently, so you should check the official Wahkiakum County Jail site before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you have rights, and an important one is your right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to have a friend or relative find an attorney when you call. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and show you the way through the legal system that you are now faced with. The faster you get a lawyer involved with your situation, the better off you’ll be.

For more information about how to find an attorney, click here: How to Find a Lawyer in Wahkiakum County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender Office is staffed by independent investigators, experts in forensics and social workers. All Public Defenders are real attorneys that are admitted to the Washington State Bar Association and are licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

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 case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all documents in the case. You, and anyone else, can access court records with the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

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 for all court participants, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records, documents, and evidence related to your court case are held at Wahkiakum County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs from your court case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Wahkiakum County magistrate is the type of judge that rules on your case in court. Magistrates do many different things, such as deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together with the defendant’s background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life history, which the judge will review when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Remember you are able to request to see your own copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service to probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could get a date that you are required to report to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if somebody you know is currently in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

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

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you can access court records online or you can call the court directly. 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. Keep in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Wahkiakum County jail, either by phone, in person, or find out online. An arrest is in the public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Wahkiakum County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be registered and listed on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view these offenders online, but you should know that you will not see the precise address, rather the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a case file that includes a docket and any filings and documents filed in your case. You can access the court records online, or at the Wahkiakum County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of someone’s criminal history. These online databases are linked together and you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. You can go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It helps to know the county, and in the event that it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you will be able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any of the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases will not find out if someone has had any moving violations, like:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you call the local courthouse? Was the information correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your account could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Wahkiakum County,The Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Top 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 Wahkiakum County jail is very scary, in time you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. You will get an alarm to wake up every morning at six in the morning, and then roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. Following 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 Wahkiakum 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 Wahkiakum 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 rules for sending money to inmates can change, so it would be best to visit the site before you send any funds.

    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 Wahkiakum County Jail

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

    • 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 in Wahkiakum County Jail? Do you know someone there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at this jail?

    If so, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write about what you experienced because others will know what to expect.

    What to put in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Activities and programs


    Click here to write your review of Wahkiakum County Jail

    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why were you locked up? How did the guards treat you? What was it like in jail? What were the other inmates like? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Trying to find a person you met in jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

    Say Hello to people still locked up at Wahkiakum County Jail


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