So, You're Going to Jail


If you have been to court and you were sentenced to spend time in the Whitman County Jail, you will need to know some things.

When you come to jail, please leave all jewelry at home. This includes tongue rings, earrings, nose rings, etc. Leave purses and wallets at home as well. Bring ID, Money, Prescription Medications and the clothing you will need for your stay.

Below is a copy of the inmate orientation we give to each inmate. It will tell you what you are allowed to bring, and what you are not allowed to bring.

Whitman County Jail Inmate Orientation

Revision: 1F


It is your responsibility to read and understand the Inmate Manual which is located in each unit. Breaking written rules in the Inmate Manual will result in lockdown.

COMMISSARY
Commissary is ordered via the kiosks. It will be delivered twice per week. You must have money on your books to order items on commissary. DO NOT ask about delivery of commissary. It will be delivered when an Officer is available.

COMMUNICATION WITH CORRECTIONS OFFICERS
Do not use the call buttons located throughout the jail unless there is an emergency. If you need to speak to an Officer wait for an Officer to come by on a round. If an Officer needs to get the attention of an inmate he will flash the dayroom lights. An inmate should go to the intercom and speak to the Officer. If the dayroom lights are turned off. It means that you need to turn off the TV and lockdown.

COURT INFORMATION
Superior Court normally holds first appearances around 3:00 PM. District Court usually holds first appearances around 1:30 PM on Mondays and Fridays, 4:00 PM on Wednesdays, and at random times throughout the day on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

DAYROOM PRIVILEGES
From 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM you are allowed to use the dayroom. Failure to follow the Inmate Manual will result in lockdown which limits your access to the dayroom.

MEALS
Meals are served in each unit. Meals start at 6:00 AM, noon, and 5:00 PM. Depending on the location of your unit it may take up to an hour for the meal to get to you. Have your cups on the table and be ready by the time the meal cart arrives. Officers will not wake up sleeping inmates.

MORNING WAKE-UP
At 6:00 AM the doors will click several times. This is your cue to get out of bed and push the door open. Inmates who dont open their cell door at 6:00 AM will spend time locked in their cell.

PHONE CALLS
You will receive a private PIN to be used on all phone calls. Inmates caught sharing PINs will have their PIN de-activated and will receive lockdown. You may add money to your PIN for to use for making phone calls. You will have a credit on your PIN allowing you to make one five minutes phone call from your unit. Do not waste the telephone call. If you get voicemail, leave a message.

Do not contact, or attempt contact, of any victim in your case. Doing so can result in loss of the use of the telephone and possibly more criminal charges.

PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act)
We do not condone rape or sexual assault. We will investigate all allegations of rape or sexual assault. You may confidentially report situations of assaults that occur within the facility.

PROPERTY
If you bring in property the jail is not responsible for it. Should it be lost, stolen, damaged, or destroyed you will have to replace it on your own. All books you bring into the jail must stay after you are released this excludes school textbooks and your personal Bible.

USE OF RESTRAINTS ON PREGNANT WOMEN
Except in extraordinary circumstances no restraints of any kind will be used on any pregnant woman or youth incarcerated in the Whitman County Jail during transportation to and from visits to medical providers and court proceedings during the third trimester of her pregnancy, or during postpartum recovery.

The Corrections Officers of the Whitman County Jail will not use any kind of restraints on a woman in labor or in childbirth. If restraints are used, as accordance with law, they will be the least restrictive possible. They will be the most reasonable under the circumstance and in no case shall leg irons or waist chains be used on any woman known to be pregnant.

More information is provided in RCW(s) 70.48.500, 70.48.501, 70.48.502, and 70.48.800. This information is available for review upon request.

WORK RELEASE
Just because you are eligible for the work release program does not mean you qualify. One step to obtaining work release is to read the Inmate Manual. If you are reading this, then you will be asked to sign a stamp that states you have read this inmate orientation and that you promise to read the Inmate Manual. It is not a good start for your journey to work release by signing an item where you promise to read the Inmate Manual and then fail to do so. Do yourself a favor and read the Inmate Manual.

You will also be required to complete an application to be considered for work release. You can receive an application by requesting it on a kite.

CONCLUSION
The Inmate Manual covers many of these subjects in more depth as well as several other aspects of the jail operation that Inmates should know such as library, laundry, medical, visiting, commissary, mail, and recreation. It also covers your rights, privileges, rules, and the disciplinary process. Any questions at this point should be asked of your Booking Officer.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT STATEMENT
Read the following statement and indicate that it is true by placing your signature where indicated on the booking coversheet: I understand the Inmate Orientation. I further understand it is imperative I read the Inmate Manual and my signature below affirms my promise to read it when I am housed in a unit.


YOU MAY HAVE THE FOLLOWING ITEMS IN YOUR CELL:
  • Items bought from in-house commissary.
  • Three pair of socks and underwear.
  • Lightweight shoes or tennis shoes.
  • Paper, pencils and envelopes.
  • Attorney mail and a small amount of other mail and paper.
  • Sweat suit without strings.
  • Total of three books and magazines. All books and magazines that you bring in will be donated to the jail library. School text books and religious material excluded.
  • Items issued to you at booking.

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