The first floor houses the booking area, medical room, BAC room (blood alcohol
machine used for DUI's), the intake unit, a maximum security unit, a female
work release unit, visiting rooms, and the jail kitchen.
The second floor houses the main maximum security unit, male work release, the
laundry room, the library, an outdoor court, special holding cells, staff
office, and storage.
This tour will take you through what you might see if you were arrested for a
DUI. Remember Don't Drink and Drive, you will never have to see any of these
rooms in real life.
You arrive into the Auto Sally port. Where the patrol car is locked in, and so
are you. Be on the look out for a cougar
which was painted on the wall by a former inmate. You will be taken from the
back seat of the patrol car into the
booking area, where a Corrections Officer will greet you. Usually by
taking all your personal items like your wallet, belt, jewerly, money, etc. You
will be searched to check for contraband.
The Arresting Officer will then lead you into the
BAC room. You will be processed by the arresting officer, and then
returned to the custody of the Corrections Officer. You will be held in a
holding cell in the booking area until the arresting officer gives us a
"Probable Cause Booking Sheet" (PC Booking Sheet).
Once a PC Booking Sheet is complete, a Corrections Officer will book you into
the jail. This involves asking you several questions about you. Then taking
your fingerprints, either on the state-of-the-art "Live
Scan" or the old fashioned
ink system. Following that, you will have your photograph taken. This
concludes the end of the booking process.
You will be walked down a short hallway to the "Intake"
unit. Also known at the Green Unit. From 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM you are locked
into a cell, either
by yourself, or with a cellmate,
depending on how busy it is. After 6:00 AM each day you are allowed to spend
your time in the Dayroom.
There is a table with chairs, a TV set, a telephone, a kiosk, and a shower. Sometimes you
can find an old book or magazine to read.
On Sunday, Tuesday, or Thursday from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM visitors can come to
see you. You will be taken from the Intake unit to a
visiting booth. The stools are not very comfortable, and you are forced
to talk on a phone. There is a large, thick piece of glass which seperates you
and your loved ones.
During your stay, should you feel sick, you can request to see the jail doctor.
The doctor comes in once a week for "Sick Call". This is the time he deals with all
non-emergency problems. You will be taken to the
med room where you will have a one on one consultation with the jail
After you have been to court, you will be moved to a maximum security unit.
They look just like the intake unit, however, the doors are painted a different
color. Once you leave the Intake unit, you can request a trip to the
jail library where you can pick up a few books to read, or spend some
time on the kiosk.
Once you are released from custody, a Corrections Officer will process you out
of jail. You will receive all your personal belongings and you will be let out
the side door of the jail. As always, it is customary for you to say "You will
never see me back here again." as you exit the jail.
Thank you for touring the Whitman County Jail. We hope to never see you.