Corrections Branch

Chief Ric Bishop
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If you have an inmate safety concern, contact our staff, 24 hours per day, at 564.397.2207.

Building Access Restricted during COVID-19 virus

In an abundance of caution due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus, the Sheriff is limiting access to the lobby and providing a means of distancing for inmates housed within the jails. 

  • Main Jail Lobby hours of operation will be 8:00 AM through 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

  • All professional inmate visiting will be limited one (1) person from the inmates’ legal representation.   Should a translator or an investigator be needed, please contact a jail commander to authorize a second visitor per visit.​

  • All personal inmate visiting will be limited to on-line.  At the Main Jail one (1) person may visit in the jail’s available lobby kiosks.  For at home use contact:  https://www.gettingout.com/

  • All non-criminal fingerprinting services are by appointment only.  This includes original Concealed Pistol License Applications that require fingerprints and other fingerprinting services.  Renewals that do not require fingerprints will be processed as normal while observing proper social distancing.​​

  • All Commissary and Telephone Kiosk access to place funds on an inmate’s account will be limited to one person at a time. ​​

  • All District Court Out of Custody Reporting for Sentences still need to report to the jail, paperwork documenting timely reporting will be processed and then the report date will be changed per District Court orders.

​These changes will be reviewed periodically as the COVID-19 pandemic situation continues to evolve.

Additional Information can be found at  https://www.clark.wa.gov/sheriff   or 564-397-2211

Additional Clark County Information concerning  COVID-19

 

Chief Ric Bishop

Corrections Mission Statement

Our mission is to promote and maintain public safety through effective correctional and reentry practices. 

It is our vision to help inmates successfully re-enter our community, through a comprehensive level of supervision and care by following the elements of TRANSFORM.

TRANSFORM reflects the following correctional management approaches:

Treatment - includes screening at time of arrest for possible diversion, jail intake, transition, and discharge planning
Re-entry - includes discharge program tailored to each individual
Accountability - compliant with local, State, Federal and Constitutional laws
Networking - building partnerships with our diverse community
Safety - safeguarding the community, staff, and inmates
Fiscal Prudence - financially responsible operation of the jail
Organization - being responsive to meet the needs of the mission statement
Respect - respect for all members of our community; citizens, staff, and inmates
Mission - all policies, procedures, practices, and strategies will be tied into the corrections mission

The vision of TRANSFORM will be accomplished through the major program components of Pre-Release Programming, Transition Planning and Post Release Follow-up. Absent an inmate's choice to participate in a Reentry program, they will be housed in a safe environment, provided basic human services equal to or exceeding constitutional requirements, depending on the direction of the Sheriff and community expectations and standards.

Improvements and changes

In 2004, video arraignment was implemented providing better service to courts and paperwork and reduced inmate movement outside of the jail increasing safety for court personnel and the public.

The Corrections Branch adapts as federal laws and requirements change for jails regarding supervision, custody and care of adult pre-trial and sentenced offenders. In 2008, the Corrections Branch at the direction of the Sheriff, implemented the following additional education efforts and reporting systems related to the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA): 1) PREA requirements and reporting of incidents were provided to all persons coming into the facilities, 2) inmate education and information posted to avoid victimization, 3) a reporting system utilizing the inmate telephone system, and 4) investigative procedures, report writing and tracking systems were improved.

Re-entry

In 2013, the Corrections Branch embraced a new mission and vision, expanding from incarceration supervision to a broader, corrections-based supervision. Part of this change in focus is connecting people released from jail with community resources to reduce recidivism and promote healthier outcomes and safer communities in our county. The Corrections Re-entry Program began in 2014 and has already seen successes. For more information about this new program click on these links to view a video:

CCSO Inmate re-entry program

[video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jKo_MB6_-U"]

Community Resources

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Partnerships

Partnerships with law enforcement agencies, various courts, other branches of the Sheriff's Office, specialized units within the Corrections branch and staff work together to provide safety and security of the facilities for staff, visitors, and individuals in custody. 

Out of county jail commitments

Persons with jail commitments from other jurisdictions may, under certain circumstances, serve their sentence in other jurisdictions facilities.  The court of originating charges must approve you to serve your sentence in our facility.  Our facility must also approve your request. Your request is approved or denied in accordance to the safety and security of our facility.  You must fill out the form, in advance, completely and accurately and return to our facility for approval.  You will be contacted concerning our decision to your request.  If approved, you must be able to pay the per day fee in full and in advance and will be expected to follow all the rules of our facility.

Out of County Sentence Request Form (pdf)