Professional Visiting


The Washington County Jail allows attorneys and their representatives to meet with inmates in a manner that maintains jail safety, security, and good order, and meets legal requirements. Professional visitors and inmates must comply with jail visiting rules. Visiting information for friends and family members can be found on the Social Visiting page).

 

Please review our procedures for contraband control and dress under Inmate Social Visiting. In addition, the following information applies specifically to attorney visits. Jail lobby staff will end or deny a visit for that day if the visitor or inmate violates a rule.

 

You will also be required to read and sign a Jail Visitor Agreement before your first visit with an inmate. We will keep the document on file so you will not need to sign a new one each time you return.

 

Professional Visiting Hours

The attorney of record for an inmate should visit during normal lobby hours, although staff members will work with attorney visitors to meet visiting needs on a case-by-case basis. If an attorney who is not named as "attorney of record" in the court file wishes to visit an inmate, the rules for social visiting will apply. Inmates are not required to visit any person.

 

Monday and Friday visiting hours are reserved solely for professional visitors. Professional visits may also occur during normal social visiting hours. The following table shows all hours available for professional visitors.

 

Professional Visiting Hours

Day Morning Afternoon Evening
Monday 8:00 - 10:30 a.m. 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday 8:00 - 10:30 a.m. 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 - 10:30 a.m. 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Thursday 8:00 - 10:30 a.m. 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Friday 8:00 - 10:30 a.m. 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. No evening visits
Saturday and Sunday 8:00 - 10:30 a.m. 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Holidays 8:00 - 10:30 a.m. 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

(Visiting hours for friends and family members can be found on the Social Visiting page).

 

Pre-court Appearance Visits by Attorneys

If you need to change or check an arraignment date, you may contact Court Calendaring Unit at (503) 846-2297.

 

If you have questions about modifying a release agreement, responsible party questions, court appointed attorney concerns, or other types of arraignment issues, you may contact a Court Release Officer at (503) 846-6360.

 

Representatives of Attorneys

Legal assistants, investigators, interpreters, polygraphers, and others who visit inmates on behalf of the inmate's attorney must have written authorization from a court or the inmate's current attorney of record. Authorizations from the attorney must be on the attorney or law firm's letterhead. The authorization must be presented for each visit. If a representative does not provide the required authorization, the rules for social visiting will apply.

 

Sheriff-Issued Identification Cards

Attorneys and attorney representatives who visit the jail on a regular basis may request the Sheriff issue a special identification card for non-contact visiting. This allows the person to visit by showing the card rather than presenting both a bar card (or authorization document) and picture identification.

 

To obtain the card, the person must fill out an Attorney Identification Card Request and, if approved, pay a fee. Guide to Visiting for Professionals, Officials and the Media Verification that the card is still needed will be made annually.

 

The card remains the property of the Sheriff's Office and the person must turn it in upon request.  The card will be kept by lobby staff in a central file.

 

Allowable Items For Professional Visits

Jail staff will let professional visitors take into the jail only those items needed for the business of the visit. Early case resolution attorneys may take a cell phone on a visit in a central visiting booth.

 

We also allow laptops or tablets under the conditions found on the Laptop User Agreement.

 

Passing Legal Documents

Attorney visitors may deliver documents and request jail staff pass them to an inmate for signature.

 

Contact Visits

In rare cases, the jail may approve contact visits. The visitor must contact Jail Administration at (503) 846-2798 during normal business hours at least 24 hours before the desired visit.  The person must explain why a contact visit is required and the visit must be approved by Jail Command.

 

In addition, such visitors must read and sign a Contact Visiting Agreement in advance of the first visit, and then again every two years as a refresher.

 

Contact Visitors Are Subject to Search

Lobby staff will closely inspect all containers and personal belongings that a visitor needs to take with them on a contact visit. In addition, deputies will frisk search all professional contact visitors before they will let them enter the secure perimeter of the jail. If a visitor declines a search, jail staff will not allow the person to visit the inmate under any circumstances.