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Washington County Jail

215 SW ADAMS, MS 32
Hillsboro, OR 97123
Phone: (503) 846-2700

Interview with Jake, misty, Sam, Bruce and Brian

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Jake: ^ months
misty: I HAD 2 CONSECUTIVE 6 MONTH SENTENCES AND I REQUESTED THEM TO SENTENCE ME CONSECUTIVE TO ALLOW ME TIME TO GO TO THE TX DORM
Sam: I took a deal and got sentenced the same day. It was for 6 months. All the major charges were dropped and it was a fail situation for all. I asked for a turn-myself-in date for a week later.
Bruce: I was released on own recognizance when I got sentenced.
Brian: I was charged with 180 days of jail time. After 30 days of good behavior, I was transferred to a community corrections center where I was allowed to leave for work and alcohol/drug therapy so long as I continued to exhibit good behavior (which I did until my release).

JM: Did you spend time in a holding cell after your sentencing? If so, what was that like? If you didn't where did they they take you instead?
Jake: Yes it was packed and over crowed about 30 of us in one cell for atleast a day.
misty: YES, IT SEEMED LIKE TO LONG ITS COLD AND THE CONCRETE IS UNCOMFORTABLE
Sam: When I turned myself in I stayed in a holding cell for a day before they got me all situated. I was in there with like 30 other people. Two meals (A SANDWICH AND A COOKIE), NO BLANKETS,and I didn't get my phone call until the next day. They kept moving us to different cells.
Bruce: Crowded, hot, stinky, boring, disgusting, and annoying.
Brian: I went from the court room to an intake vestibule, then into a holding cell before my intake examimation (including medical interview, strip search and fitting for a uniform), then spent two days in the "sorting pod" before getting classified as a low-risk inmate with no gang affiliations, later joining general population before transferring to the community corrections center.

If you or someone you love will be spending some time in Washington County Jail, you may be wondering what to expect. Going to jail can be a scary experience, but with the right information, you can be more prepared for what will come.

We have interviewed former inmates of Washington County Jail and compiled the following information based on their answers. Links to the left lead to the interviews, where you can read the stories of ex-inmates and learn what life is really like behind bars in the Washington County Jail.

Holding Cells
When you first arrive at Washington County Jail, you will most likely be kept in a holding cell for about a day. The holding cells are very crowded, packed with about 30 people at any given time.

While you are in this area, you will most likely be served a meal or two consisting of a sandwich and a cookie, or something similar. The holding cell is concrete and former inmates report that they were not given any type of blanket to make it more comfortable.

Visits and Telephone Calls
For most people serving time, contact with their loved ones during their incarceration is very important and helps them get through. Washington County Jail has telephones available for inmates to keep in touch with the outside world.

Inmates can either call collect, or purchase phone cards off commissary. The jail also allows inmates to have up to two visitors at a time, two times per week. The inmate and the visitor are separated by a glass wall during visits.

Food
Washington County serves their inmates three meals per day. The food is not rated very highly, and former inmates complain that portion sizes are too small to satisfy hunger. The jail does serve cookies on occasion that many inmates enjoy.

Between meal snacks are provided only to inmates who have a medical need or are pregnant. Inmates can purchase snacks through commissary one time per week if they have money on their books.


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