King County Jail (Seattle Division)

King County Jail (Seattle  Division)

The King County Jail is one out of 2 facilities that operate within the King County boundaries. The other facility is called Maleng Regional Justice Center. The King County Jail is in Seattle, Washington. The jail opened their doors back in 1986. King County Jail currently has over 350 correctional staff working in the facility. 

Most of the inmates in the facility are residents of King County. The facility mainly keeps inmates for less than 2 years. Most of the inmates are either awaiting sentence, awaiting trial, or already sentenced. 

The King County Jail is operated and managed by the King County Sheriff’s Department. 

King County Jail (Seattle Division) - General Information

Facility Name: King County Jail (Seattle Division)
Facility Type: County Jail
Address: 500 Fifth AvenuePO Box 34987, Seattle, WA, 98124-4987
Phone: 206-296-1234
Capacity: 1000
Facility Type: Adult
City: Seattle
Postal Code: 98124-4987
State: Washington
County: King County
Official Website: http://www.kingcounty.gov/courts/detention/adult_detention/KCCF.aspx

The King County Jail is operated and managed by the King County Sheriff’s Department. The King County Sheriff’s Department is the agency responsible for keeping and maintaining an up to date database of all current inmates.

The King County Sheriff’s Department has their jail roster with their current arrests available to the general public. You can find this database on the King County Sheriff’s Department official website.

You can search the King County Jail roster by the following information:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Race
  • Gender
  • Currently in Custody

When you do a successful inmate lookup, you will see the following information:

  • Inmate Name
  • Status
  • Charges

However, you will not see the inmate’s mugshot when you are in the database. If you would like, you can register for VINE and get information emailed, text, or phoned to you when they move through the system.

Sending a Mail/Care Package

Inmates in the King County Jail can receive written letters from their family and friends. These letters will be checked by jail staff upon arrival for safety issues. After the staff examines all the mail, they will pass them out to the correct inmates. 

When sending items to the prison along with your letters, there are a lot of things you should refrain from sending. Such as the following: 

•    Glitter
•    Stamps
•    Plastic
•    Confetti
•    Metal
•    Ribbons
•    String
•    Gang Related Items
•    Polaroids
•    Lipstick/Lip Gloss/Chapstick
•    Perfume
•    Writing Paper
•    Pens
•    Pencil
•    Envelopes
•    Music Cards
•    No photographs larger than 5x7”

Inmates in the King County Jail can also receive books, magazines, and newspapers. The books, magazines, and newspapers will need to be delivered directly to the prison from the bookstore or publisher. All incoming books will be required to be paperback. All hardcover books are prohibited. If a hardcover book is sent, it will be sent back to the sender. Keep in mind that all books will need to be new too. Used books are not permitted. 

The mailing address for inmates in the King County Jail is: 

Full Committed Name
Book of Arrest Number 

500 Fifth Avenue 
Seattle, WA 98104

Sending Money

Inmates in the King County Jail will need money to buy items from the commissary. The King County Jail has provided a few ways for friends and family to deposit money into the inmate’s account.

You can log on to www.accesscorrections.com and deposit money that way. Keep in mind that there is a minimum fee of $3.95 per transaction.

You can also call 1-866-345-1884 and deposit money too. Keep in mind that there is a minimum fee of $4.95 per transaction.

You may also use the kiosk located in the lobby of the jail to deposit money too. The kiosk accepts cash, credit and debit card payments.

Nationwide Inmate Records Online Check

Jail records, court & arrest records, mugshots and even judicial reports.

Phone calls

The King County Jail contracts with Securus Technologies for their phone needs. You will need to log on to the Securus Technologies official website to create an account. Over there you will be able to see the fees and the options for depositing funds into the inmate’s phone account.

Inmates at the King County Jail can also make collect calls. Inmates will only be allowed to call individuals who still have a landline. The individuals who have cell phones will not be able to receive these collect calls. The receiver of the call is the one responsible for any and all charges from the phone call. The King County Jail is not responsible for any fees from the calls.

Inmates are only permitted to have 15-minute phone calls. During these phones, no call features can be used such as call waiting, call forwarding, or three-way calling. If these calling features are used, the call will be terminated.

All calls are subjected to be monitored or recorded.

Email

Inmates in the King County Jail do have access to emails. You will need to set up a prepaid account by logging on to www.accesscorrections.com. The emails will be checked by the jail staff to ensure safety. The cost of sending an email through Access Corrections is nearly the same cost of sending a letter through the United States Postal Service.

The cost of sending an email is set by Access Corrections and will be equivalent to the cost of an envelope plus postage.

Keep in mind that inmates will not be permitted to respond to the email. They will have to write you a letter and mail it to you through the United States Postal Service.

Commissary

The King County Jail has a commissary. The commissary is also known as the canteen. The commissary is where inmates can purchase a variety of items that they will need throughout their day. These items include, but not limited to the following: 

•    Beverages
•    Snack Food
•    Regular Food
•    Personal Hygiene Products
•    Entertainment
•    Writing Supplies
•    Clothing
•    Sneakers
•    Arts & Crafts

Visiting Rules

Inmates in the King County Jail may receive visitors. Visitors will need to supply a photo identification card. The following documents will suffice:

  • Washington State Identification Card
  •  Driver's License
  • Native American Tribal Photo ID
  • Canadian Driver's License or ID card
  • U.S. Armed Forces ID card
  • U.S. or Foreign Government Passport
  • Resident Alien/Green Card

Minors are permitted to visit an inmate. Minors must be accompanied by their legal guardian. They cannot be left unattended.

Visiting hours will go by floor and block. You can view the current visiting hours here.

Visiting Hours

Monday 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Tuesday 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Wednesday 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Friday 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Saturday 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Sunday 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Holiday

The visiting starts in first in, first out type of fashion. No new visitors will be allowed in 45 minutes before the end of the visit day. 45 minutes before the end of the visit day officers start escorting those who were first in out of the visitor room.

How Often Can I Visit?

If an inmate is in good standing, they will be permitted visitors during visiting hours. Keep in mind that visiting is a privilege and not a right.

Directions

Prison Life

Inmates in the King County Jail have many programs and services they can take advantage of. These programs and services are here to provide the necessary tools for them to help better themselves. These programs and services include the following: 

•    Recreation
•    Television
•    Mail
•    Local newspapers
•    Commissary
•    Special Programs
•    Dental Care
•    Medical Care
•    Mental Care
•    Vocational Training
•    Educational Programs
•    Religious Services

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