The Skagit County Jail Alternatives Program was created in 1995 as way of reducing overcrowding in the jail. The Alternatives Program includes Electronic Home Monitoring, Community Service Work Program, Work Release, Litter Crew and In-Custody Workers.
The goal of the Jail Alternatives Program is to provide options to total incarceration (jail time). For instance, the Work Release program allows participants the opportunity to retain their jobs by allowing them to go to work from the jail, and return to the jail after work. This allows them to pay their financial obligations, such as victim restitution and court fees and fines. Most offenders also pay a fee to participate in the program, so some of the costs are borne by them.
Individuals on the Community Work Program and Litter Crew have been involved in numerous projects, with continuing benefits for the citizens of Skagit County. These include litter removal, clean up of dump sites, maintenance of courthouse and park grounds. Programs such as these give individuals the opportunity to be involved in positive community projects, while at the same time fulfilling their obligations to the judicial system.
For information on these programs or eligibility requirements, contact the Jail Alternatives Program Office at the phone number listed above.
There are many bail bond companies authorized to write a bond in Snohomish County. The bail bond companies generally charge 8-15 percent of the bail amount. This is their fee for writing the bond and is not refundable.
Once bail has been posted it may take as much as 2 to 6 hours before the person in custody is released. Release times will vary depending on the day of the week, time of day, and how many other releases are pending at the time the bail is received.
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The Skagit County Jail was opened in April of 1984 and was originally designed to house a total of 83 inmates. In those first years the jail booked an average of approximately 2500 inmates per year. By 2004, that number had grown to over 6000 inmates per year. Between the years of 1984 and 2003, the Skagit County Jail experienced over a 240% increase in the average daily population for the facility.
The Skagit County Sheriff's Office Corrections Division is an around the clock, 24/7 operation. Currently 40 Corrections Deputies, 5 Corrections Sergeants, and 1 Lieutenant are responsible for providing safe and secure housing for inmates being held in the custody of the Skagit County Jail. The staff of the jail is also responsible for inmate movement outside of the jail facility, such as court appearances, medical appointments, etc. In addition to the Division's in-house responsibilities, 5 Corrections Deputies and 1 Corrections Sergeant are responsible for peripheral duties which include Medical Liaison, Jail Billing, Court Security, and the Jail Alternatives Program. The Jail Alternatives Program offers alternatives to standard methods of incarceration for those who qualify. Such alternatives include Work Release, Community Service and Electronic Home Monitoring. Further, the Corrections Division employs one civilian working as the Division's Case Expeditor, responsible for facilitating the resolution of cases with multiple charges from multiple jurisdictions.
QUESTION: Can I bring or send an inmate writing material, clothing, books, etc?
ANSWER: No. Inmates can buy writing materials, underwear, playing cards, hygiene items etc, under our commissary program. Indigent inmates are still permitted to purchase a basic indigent pack, which includes paper, envelopes, etc. An inmates family or friends can also buy Health & Beauty Comfort packs, and Stationary Packs from the iCare Gift Services system.
QUESTION: Can I bring cookies (or any other food item) to an inmate?
ANSWER: No, nutritionally balanced meals are provided three times a day to all inmates. Inmates may also buy other snack type foods on commissary if they have money on their books. You may also use the iCare Gift Services system to order food packages for an inmate.
QUESTION: How can I get money to an inmate?
ANSWER: The Skagit County Jail accepts money for inmates 24 hours a day via the kiosk in the jail lobby. The kiosk accepts cash and credit/debit cards. Money orders and cashiers checks will be accepted through the mail. All money orders and cashiers checks must be made out to "Skagit County Jail". A money order or Cashiers Check made out to an inmate will be returned to sender. If the inmate owes money to the jail, any money placed on their account will be subject to a 60/40 split, with 40 percent being applied towards monies owed to the jail. The Skagit County Jail does not accept personal checks for application to inmates account, or for bail.
QUESTION: Can I call an inmate?
ANSWER: No, the Skagit County Jail does not permit incoming calls to inmates.
QUESTION: Can I get a message to an inmate?
ANSWER: No, the Skagit County Jail does not take messages for inmates.
QUESTION: Can an inmate have something notarized at the jail?
ANSWER: Notary services are not provided by the Skagit County Jail. Notaries are usually obtained by an inmate's attorney if needed.
QUESTION: When does an inmate go to court?
ANSWER: The inmate's first court appearance will be the first working day following their arrest. The Jail does not keep track of other court dates. You may call the court to find out about additional court dates.
QUESTION: My friend/family member is being held on an Investigative Hold. What does that mean?
ANSWER: An Investigative Hold, also known as a 72 hour hold, provides the arresting agency with time in which to investigate and file charges with the Prosecutor's Office. Bail amounts and a filing deadline will be set at the inmate's initial court appearance. The filing deadline is the day and time the inmate is to be released if formal charges are not filed with the court.
QUESTION: What happens to my money if I post bail?
ANSWER: Bail is held by the court until the case is over. If the defendant fails to appear for court, the bail may be forfeited. The Jail does not control what the court does with bail.
QUESTION: How much money do I have to put up for bail?
ANSWER: If a bail is bondable, you may contact a bail bond agency to assist you in posting the bail. The fees they charge vary depending on the bail bond agency. If you are paying cash, the entire amount must be paid. Cash and credit cards are accepted at the kiosk in the jail lobby for bail.
QUESTION: Can the Skagit County Jail recommend a bail bondsman or give me advice on what I should do?
QUESTION: How do I get an inmate released to visit a dying relative or attend a funeral?
ANSWER: This can only be done through an attorney and must be approved by a judge.
QUESTION: How can I find out who an inmate's attorney is?
ANSWER: Contact the Public Defenders Office, or contact the inmate.
QUESTION: Can I visit an inmate?
ANSWER: Visitation rules are posted on the Skagit County Jail web site. Visitors must comply with these rules. Visitors with warrants or active No Contact or Protection Orders will not be allowed to visit. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Proof of guardianship is required.
QUESTION: When can I visit?
ANSWER: Days and times are posted on the website.
QUESTION: How can I find out when an inmate is being transferred to another jail or prison?
ANSWER: This information is not released to the public for security reasons.
QUESTION: How can I apply for Electronic Home Monitoring, Work Release, Community Service or other Jail Alternative Programs?
ANSWER: Requirements and application procedures are posted on the Jail Alternatives website.
QUESTION: Can an inmate be released early?
QUESTION: Can an inmate release their keys, cell phone, wallet, etc to me?
ANSWER: No. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Shift Supervisor.
Work Release Pod sign in is from 5:30 pm to 6:15 pm Visitation starts at 6:30 pm
F-Pod sign in is from 5:30 pm to 6:15 pm Visitation starts at 6:30 pm
G-Pod sign in is from 6:35 pm to 7:20 pm Visitation starts at 7:35 pm
M/M, Booking & Female ISO sign in is from 7:40 pm to 8:25 pm Visitation starts at 8:40 pm
Wednesday: No Visiting
Trustee, Male Infirmary sign in is from 5:30 pm to 6:15 pm Visitation starts at 6:30 pm
C-Pod/Male ISO Pod sign in is from 5:30 pm to 6:15 pm Visitation starts at 6:30 pm
D-Pod sign in is from 6:40 pm to 7:25 pm Visitation starts at 7:40 pm
Booking sign in is from 7:45 pm to 8:30 pm Visitation starts at 8:45 pm
Check Jail website for the individual schedule for each Pod on Saturdays.
Sunday: No Visiting
* Visitation schedule subject to change or cancellation without notice.
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If you entered into an agreement with the State that involved any jail time, you will be instructed to meet with Jail Alternatives on a Tuesday. It is important to confirm which Tuesday the Court directed as it could be the same Tuesday that the plea was entered or the following Tuesday. It is imperative you follow the instructions because if you fail to meet with Jail Alternatives on the designated date, a bench warrant will be issued for your arrest and alternatives to Jail will not be permitted (leaving you no choice but to complete the confinement in jail). Because Jail Alternatives has great discretion it is important to be respectful and courteous when meeting with the Sheriff Deputies who run the alternative program.
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