Jail Information

Inmate information is available 24 hours a day at (503) 846-6826.  We encourage you to call this number for answers to questions about inmates.


Jail Commander Karlyn Degman

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The Washington County Jail's top priority is the safety and security of the public, jail staff, and inmates. Sound policy, procedure and professional standards guide our work and ensure we are following best jail practices.  In addition, our actions are filtered through our core values:  Do your best.  Do the right thing.  Treat others the way you want to be treated.


About 190 certified and civilian people work to run the Washington County Jail.  Every day they provide services to approximately 572 inmates, as well as the many attorneys, friends, and family members who visit them.  In addition to those lodged in our jail, we process over 50 new bookings and releases daily.


Having a loved one or a friend in jail can be a stressful situation, especially the first time, when the rules may not be familiar to you.  On the left side of this page you will find links to helpful information on jail services.  I encourage you to review this information to better understand Jail and Sheriff's Office operations, especially rules for inmate mail, money, and visiting.  You can also watch our Inmate Orientation Video.  If you are unable to find an answer on our site, we want to help.


Your feedback about our services is important to me.  Positive comments are appreciated and your complaints or constructive suggestions allow us to work on efficiencies and improve.


I trust you will find your Washington County Jail staff and operations to be positive and efficient, especially if you use the information available on our website.




Commander Karlyn Degman

Washington County Jail

24 hour Jail Lobby number (503) 846-6826



Items of Interest

2015 Grand Jury Jail Inspection Final Report is now available for public review.