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You are urged to read the FAQ on what items you may send an inmate. Letters sent in a plain envelope with no stickers except a stamp, written on plain white paper with non-gel pen is preferred.
This system has the ability to automatically record telephone conversations. All parties involved are advised prior to the call acceptance that their conversation will be recorded.
Inmates are now able to be left voice-mail messages. These messages are subject to a fee of $1.99 per message up to 45 seconds in length. Set up a phone account to leave voice-mails by calling: 360-355-3331.
Inmates have daily access to phones that allow them to place calls and check for voice-mail. Jail staff will not pass notes or messages to inmates.
Money on an inmate account can be applied to a "phone debit" that is used like a phone card, which will allow them to make non-collect phone calls. If the inmate is indigent, only collect phone calls are available. Typically, cell phones are unable to receive collect phone calls.
Set up a phone account by calling: 360-355-3331
For more information please contact:Friends & Family Support - Correctional Billing ServicesConsumer Customer Sales and Support1-800-844-6591E-mail: Customer_service@correctionalbillingservices.com
1. Items that can be purchased on commissary (blank paper, envelopes, pens, blank cards, phone cards) 2. Stamps 3. Unknown substances on paper, envelopes, or photos 4. Lipstick, perfume, cologne, or scented items 5. Stickers, tape, post-it notes, labels, glitter (including glitter pens), glued on items, white- out, paint 6. String, ribbon, confetti 7. Musical cards 8. Plastic, laminated items, metal objects 9. Cardboard, construction paper, cardstock 10. Polaroid pictures 11. Sexually explicit photos or materials, including nude/semi-nude photos 12. Pages torn out of books, catalogs, or magazines 13. Food items 14. Tobacco products 15. Clothing 16. Books, magazines, or newspapers not sent directly from the publisher, book club, or recognized internet bookseller. Any books that come in from an unauthorized source will be returned to sender. 17. Hardbound books 18. ANY Used books * 19. Gang related material 20. Racist or other inflammatory materials (advocating ridicule or scorn of any ethnic, racial, religious, or other group) 21. Inmate to inmate mail 22. Personal/Payroll checks 23. Any other non-listed item that is deemed a security threat. A best practice for jail correspondence is to use plain white paper with plain pen or pencil, mailed inside a plain white envelope.
*The Jail used to accept used books from online resellers, but we no longer accept any used books under any circumstance, and regardless of origin.
**Orders placed Sunday will be recieved THAT Wednesday.**Orders placed on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday will be recieved THE FOLLOWING Wednesday.
In some cases, when found guilty, bail paid may be applied to fines and/or court costs incurred.
Bail bond companies are privately owned companies not affiliated with the jail.
As a general rule, new misdemeanor crimes are initially set at $500 bail, and new gross misdemeanors are $1,000 bail. Warrants for non-felony charges often have no bail set until after the first appearance in court.
Felony crimes are set by a judge and vary greatly depending on many factors.
Misdemeanor Court Clerk: (360) 577-3073Felony Court Clerk: (360) 577-3017 After hours the jail will take cash bail.
The jail does not take checks and will need the exact amount of bail.We have no mechanism to make change and cannot do so under any circumstance.
As a general rule, Misdemeanor crimes are set at $500 bail, and Gross misdemeanors are $1,000 bail.
We will NOT accept personal checks, Cashiers Checks, or Money Orders. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Felony Court Days:Mondays & Fridays - NoonTuesdays & Thursdays - 8amWednesdays - 11:30amWeekends: No Court occurs on the Weekends, so bonds are able to be posted at any time.
Medical Co-Pay Program
A $10.00 Medical Co-Pay is an Administrative fee charged to all inmates seen by medical staff and for each prescription written or refilled. This fee was implemented to help defray the overall rising cost of the Jail medical care program.
A computerized system allows the Jail to maintain a history of balances due on medical/dental visits, and prescriptions written or refilled for each offender. This history allows the County to collect for those services rendered as money is received on an offender's account or if they are released from custody and return at a future date.
As per the National Standards, any inmate needing medical or dental care is not denied this attention due to lack of funds.
Once all upgrades are complete, InmateCanteen.com is the website used by TurnKey Corrections to allow family and friends to easily add funds to inmate accounts.
Programs range from weekly bible study, Sunday worship services, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, Narcotics Anonymous meetings and crisis counseling.
These volunteers provide an invaluable service to the Jail and the community. They freely provide spiritual as well as emotional counseling on a weekly basis. Currently there are over 100 active dedicated volunteers.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Cowlitz County Jail, please fill out and return our Contract Employee & Volunteer Background Statement.