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Washington Inmate Records

Washington inmate records include public and confidential details of individuals incarcerated in prisons, jails, and work release facilities in the State of Washington. Publicly available records include offender’s personal data and administrative information. Examples of personal inmate records are name, gender, age, race, inmate number, and booking photo. Administrative records provide information about inmates’ offences, incarceration, and release from correctional facilities.

Washington’s Correctional System

The Washington State Department of Corrections (WADOC) directs the operations of state correctional institutions and corrections program. It currently manages 12 minimum, medium, and maximum security prison facilities. Out of these, there are two correctional centers for women. See a complete list of Washington state prisons on WADOC’s website. Follow the links on the page to find addresses and contact information for the facilities as well as their visitation rules and times.

Besides state-run prisons, Washington also has a number of city, county, and regional jails managed by local law enforcement agencies. Police departments oversee city jails in Washington while county jails are operated by Sheriff’s Offices. Regional jails serve multiple counties or groups of counties and cities.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Washington?

The WADOC sets visitation rules for state-run prisons in Washington. Before visiting an inmate, make sure you are on their visitor list. All intending visitors (adults and minors) must complete and submit a visitor application. Adults applying on behalf of minors must also complete and attach completed copies of DOC 20-441 Consent Form with their applications. It takes a month to process this electronic application and applicants are informed in writing if denied. Individual visitors can only be on one inmate’s Approved Visitor List unless they are immediate family members of multiple inmates.

For more details about the application process, read the WADOC Policy for Visits for Incarcerated Individuals. Each Washington state prison also has its own set of visitation guidelines, visiting hours, and event calendar. You can find these facility visitation rules on the Prison Visits page of WADOC’s website.

Adult visitors, approved for visitation, must bring along valid and current government-issued IDs with them during visits. Before setting out to visit an inmate, make sure to read WADOC’s Prison Facility Alerts and Notices to check for last-minute changes to visitation schedules at different facilities.

Washington state prisons also allow Extended Family Visits (EFV) for eligible inmates and their approved immediately family members. Such visits take place in private housing units and serve to ease those serving long-term sentences into re-entering society. Eligible visitors must apply for EFV separately.

The WADOC also has provisions for video visits in every Washington state prison. Visitors choosing this option can remotely visit inmates from the comfort of their homes. Video visits are only available for individuals on inmates’ approved visitor lists. Such visitors must schedule their visits through JPay and must also have JPay accounts.

Video visits are scheduled in 30-minute sessions and cannot exceed one hour per visit. JPay charges $7.95 for each 30-minute session. For more information, read WADOC Policy on Video Visiting.

Local jails in Washington set their own rules for inmate visitation. Check on a county/city/regional jail’s website to find the facility’s policy and regulations for visitation. These webpages will also provide visitation days and times and steps required before and during visitations.

How Do I Send Money to an Inmate in Washington?

The WADOC provides these three means of funding the accounts of inmates in Washington state prisons:

  • JPay
  • Western Union
  • Cashier’s Check or Money Order

Use JPay Send Money service to transfer money directly into an inmate’s trust account. Western Union also has a Send Money to an Inmate page on its website. Simply select Washington Dept Corrections from the drop-down list of correctional facilities and choose a preferred method (online, in person, by phone, and through mobile app). Other information required to send money to an inmate via Western Union are:

  • City Code: WA DOC
  • State Code: WA
  • Account Number: Inmate’s DOC number + Last Name

State prisons managed by WADOC also accept cashier’s checks and money orders mailed to their addresses. The sender can choose to deposit the check or money order into any of the four sub-accounts held by an inmate: spendable, postage, medical, and education.

When sending a cashier’s check or money order, write the inmate’s full name and DOC number on the payee line and specify the sub-account you want to fund. Letters and documents sent along the payment must also bear the inmate’s full name and DOC number. Also write these identifying information on the back of the envelope used to send the fund. Include the address of the facility where the inmate is held and put a return address on the envelope too.

City/county/regional jails in Washington allow friends and family members to fund inmates’ commissary accounts by various means. Most of them accept cash deposits at kiosks located in their lobbies. They may also accept checks and money orders mailed to the facility. Alternative payment methods include credit/debit card deposits online and by phone.

How Do I Find an Inmate in a Washington Prison?

The WADOC provides an inmate search tool on its website to help the public locate individuals currently incarcerated in the facilities it manages. To find an inmate with this search, enter their last name or DOC number. The DOC number is a six-digit identification number assigned to each inmate in facilities run by WADOC.

To find more information about current and former inmates and supervisees, visit the WADOC headquarters located at:

7345 Linderson Way SW
Tumwater, WA 98501-6504

The office opens between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday. It also accepts mail enquiries. Send these to:

P.O. Box 41100
Mail Stop 41100
Olympia, WA 98504-1100

You can also call the office at (360) 725-8213 or send an email to DOCCorrespondenceUnit@doc.wa.gov.

How to Locate Inmates in Washington County, Regional, and City Jails

Most local jails in Washington also provide inmate locators on their websites. Some publish regularly updated jail registries or inmate rosters. Such lists provide the names of inmates currently in custody as well as their personal information such as age, sex, and inmate numbers.

To find the inmate search tool or inmate roster of a city, county, or regional jail in Washington, visit county/municipality website or the webpages dedicated to its chief correctional or law enforcement agency (Sheriff’s Office or Police Department).

Washington State Archives

State Archives

Search Includes

  • Arrests & Warrants
  • Criminal Records
  • Driving Violations
  • Police Records
  • Sheriff Records
  • Inmate Records
  • Felonies & Misdemeanors
  • Probation Records
  • Parole Records
  • Bankruptcies
  • Tax & Property Liens
  • Civil Judgements
  • Marriages & Divorces
  • Birth Records
  • Death Records
  • Property Records
  • Personal Assets
  • Business Ownership
  • Professional Licenses
  • Political Contributions
  • Unclaimed State Funds
  • Relatives & Associates
  • Address Registrations
  • Affiliated Phone Numbers
  • Affiliated Email Addresses

Results are based upon available information from state, county and municipal databases, and may not include some or all of the above details.

Outer walls and watchtower of Washington State Reformatory

The reformatory opened in 1910 that provide facilities for the reform and rehabilitation of young offenders who had been convicted of minor crimes.

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  • Around 73 million (29.5%) of Americans have criminal records, many of which are eligible for sealing or expungement.
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