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WA DOC - Clark County Jail Work Center (JWC)

State Prison

Last Updated: December 23, 2019
5197 NW Lower River Rd, Vancouver, WA 98660
Mailing Address
PO Box 61447 , Vancouver, WA 98666-1447

Clark Co JWC is for State Prison offenders sentenced up to twelve months.

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WA DOC - Clark County Jail Work Center (JWC) basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 360-397-2166

The inmates housed at Clark Co JWC located at 5197 NW Lower River Rd in Vancouver, WA are placed according to their custody level (determined by a number of factors including the past criminal history and the length of their sentence). There are ample educational and vocational training programs for all inmates, especially ones that show a willingness to learn new things that will prepare them for a better life when they are released. The mission is to promote and prepare the offender to leave in better shape than when they arrived, giving them the best chance to never come back and thus lower the state's recidivism rate.

The JWC is a minimum-security facility housing is co-ed, available to both male and female inmate which uses direct supervision while allowing inmates freedom of movement and activities. The Work Release building is a housing unit, and one of the buildings at the JWC facility. There is a bed capacity of 100 inmates; 30 beds are reserved for state offenders and the remaining beds are filled with local offenders from Clark County District and Superior Courts. The offenders housed in this building are low risk and have qualified for the Work Release program. Sleeping areas are separated into male and female dorms.

Clark County currently has two housing facilities. The Main Jail is in the Clark County Law Enforcement Center located in downtown Vancouver, next to the Courthouse and across the street from the Public Service Center building. The Jail Work Center is located on Lower River Road.

In 2009, the combined daily average population for both facilities was 714. The population consists of individuals classified at minimum, medium and maximum security risk and are assigned a housing facility and area within the facility based on specific classification criteria.

The Work Release program is a partial confinement program for offenders to continue their employment or transition back into society. The program is a partnership between the Clark County Sheriff's Office and the Washington State Department of Corrections, also referred to as DOC.

Work Release Program Requirements - Inmates are to be drug and alcohol-free while in the Work Release program. They are given random urinalysis drug screen tests and Alco-Sensor tests to ensure this.

Restitution and fine payments to the courts are required from offenders in the Work Release program.

Offenders are responsible for the cost of outside medical services, counseling and chemical dependency treatment services or evaluations.

Offenders are assessed a daily room and board fee.

County Offenders

For Clark County offenders, Work Release is a sentencing alternative which permits qualified offenders to continue their employment while still serving their sentences in a controlled environment.

Local courts refer offenders eligible for the program to Work Release staff for screening.

County Work Release Offender Mail
Work Release county offender mail should be addressed as follows:

Name & CFN #
PO Box 1147
Vancouver, WA 98666

State Offenders

Work Release prepares State Department of Corrections offenders transition back into the community by obtaining suitable employment and housing prior to the completion of their sentence. Inmates who are in prison may apply for the Work Release program after they have satisfied a portion of their sentence.

All offenders from the prison system are screened by a local committee comprised of four citizen volunteers as well as representatives from the Vancouver Police Department, Clark County Sheriff's Office, Department of Corrections and the Prosecuting Attorney's Office. The committee reviews each applicant taking into consideration public safety issues and individual offender's needs.

A Department of Corrections employment counselor monitors and assists State offenders while they are seeking employment.

State Work Release Offender Mail
Work Release state offender mail should be addressed as follows:

Name & DOC #
PO Box 61447
Vancouver, WA 98666

Inmate Locator

WA DOC - Clark County Jail Work Center (JWC) is a facility in the Washington Department of Corrections. The DOC publishes the names of their current inmates and identifies which of their locations the inmate is being held. Your search should start with the first DOC locator to see if your loved one is there. Begin with the first three letters of the offender's first and last name, it does not have to be spelled exactly.

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Covid Visitation Information

The Washington State Department of Corrections takes the health and safety of our staff and incarcerated individuals very seriously. At the same time, Corrections recognizes the importance of family visitation, programming, and other opportunities provided to our incarcerated population per our mission of improving public safety by positively changing lives.

Consistent with DOH guidelines, Corrections is working to implement enhanced screening protocols for all employees/contract staff, incarcerated individuals and others entering DOC facilities and field offices to include taking temperatures and answering screening questionnaires.

Until the Department is able to put those protocols into place, we are taking the following actions effective March 13:

  • Suspending visitation at all correctional facilities in Washington, including extended family visits (EFV). Corrections has authorized reimbursement for families scheduled for EFVs;
  • Restricting access for all individuals, with the exception of employees/contract staff and legal professionals, to the Monroe Correctional Complex, Washington Corrections Center and Washington Corrections Center for Women; and
  • Suspending all tours and events involving four or more outside guests at all facilities.

This situation is constantly evolving. Corrections will provide updates as things changes.

Visitation Information

Clark County Work Release - Visitation

Names A - L

  • Tuesday 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Names M - Z

  • Wednesday 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Inmate Visitor lists are updated on the first day of the month

Inmate Visiting - Inmates must be in custody for 72 hours to allow for processing before any type of visiting is allowed. Visitors are expected to follow all visiting rules.

Visitors are responsible for following all laws and regulations of the facility. Failure to follow the visiting requirements or any directions made by the Front Desk, Visiting or Corrections staff will result in a denial of visiting. The following is a list of requirements for visiting:

Inmate Requirements

  • Inmates are allowed to have visitors on the scheduled days and times after being in jail for 72 hours.
  • Inmates and offenders can once a month, select four (4) adult people to be on their approved visitor list. Main Jail inmates can select an additional religious visitor and six (6) juveniles. If no list exists, the inmate or offender cannot receive visitors.
  • A new approved visitors list replaces the previous visitor's list. Old lists are discarded.
  • Only the people listed on the approved visitor's list are allowed to visit the inmate or offender.
  • Inmates moved within 24 hours of their scheduled visiting will be allowed to visit as scheduled.
  • After 24 hours, the new living unit scheduled visiting days and times will apply.

Visitor Requirements

  • You must be 18 years of age to visit.
  • Valid State or Federal identification is required.
  • You must be on the inmate current approved visitor list to visit the inmate or offender.
  • All visitors and their personal items are subject to search.
  • No personal items are allowed while visiting.
  • Visitation is limited to 30 minutes at the Main Jail and up to 1 hour at the Jail Work Center.
  • Visiting may be canceled without notice.

Work Release Visitors

  • You must submit a visitors request form and be approved prior to visiting the offender.
  • The approval process includes a criminal history background check and may take several days to complete.

Juvenile Visitors

  • Juveniles are required to be accompanied at all times by an adult on the approved visitor's list.
  • Main Jail - Both the juvenile and the adult must be on the approved visiting list and each is counted as a visitor.
  • Jail Work Center - Juveniles do not need to be on the approved visitors' list and do not count as a visitor.

You will be denied Visiting for the following:

  • Failure to follow the rules or any directions made by the Visiting, Front Desk, or Corrections staff.
  • Visitors with warrants or court orders of domestic violence, anti-harassment, restraining, or no-contact listing inmate or offender will not be allowed to visit and are subject to arrest.
  • Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Any person determined to be disruptive will be asked to leave the premises.
  • Flashing, obscene gestures or comments will not be tolerated.
  • Visitors suspected to be under the influence of intoxicants or drugs will be denied visiting.
  • No knives, firearms or other dangerous weapons are allowed in the Clark County Law Enforcement Center. RCW 9.41.300 and County Ordinance 9.02.020.
  • Introduction of contraband into a jail facility is a crime and punishable by a maximum of ten years in prison and a $20,000.00 fine or both. RCW 9A.76.140 - RCW 9A.20.020
  • Individuals (including juveniles) determined to be inappropriately dressed will not be allowed to visit. Decision of inappropriate is at the discretion of the Visiting or Corrections staff. Clothing must fit appropriately. Shirts must have some type of sleeves. Shoes are required. Hats and any type of head coverings are not allowed during visiting. Other inappropriate clothing is as follows:

Clothing - Any sexually explicit, transparent, tight or revealing clothing.
Tops and Shirts - Tube tops, thin-strapped tank tops, Halter tops, anything low cut, or shirts cut off at the waist.
Skirts and shorts - Mini skirts or any skirts and shorts higher than 3 inches above the knee cap.

Visiting Rules

Visitors are responsible for following all laws and regulations of the facility. Failure to follow the visiting rules or any directions made by the Visiting, Front Desk, or Corrections staff will result in a denial of visiting. The following is a list of rules for visiting:

Visiting is done in groups. Groups are formed after sign ups and only one group at a time will visit in the secured portion of the jail. Visiting time begins and ends at the same time for all visitors in the group. The visiting area is window type visiting with glass separating inmates and visitors. Phone handsets are used for communicating. No personal items are allowed while visiting in the secured portion of the jail. Lockers are available for necessary personal items such as outerwear, jackets, coats, umbrellas, handbags, packages, tobacco products or baby bottles.

Jail Work Center

  • Entering and exiting the facility must be done at the northeast walk up gate.
  • Visiting is allowed only in the dayroom of the building. Other areas of the building and facility are unauthorized for visitors.
  • A brief hug at the beginning and end of the visit is allowed. No other physical contact is allowed.
  • Inappropriate or sexual contact or behavior of any kind is not allowed.
  • Visitors are to leave excess items at home or in their vehicle.
  • Visitors personal property will be inspected by Corrections staff.
  • The Sheriff's Office is not liable for any property lost or stolen.
  • Visiting other offenders is not allowed.

In Custody Offenders

  • Visitors are allowed to be on only one offenders approved visiting list.
  • Children are to be supervised and accompanied at all times by an adult listed on the approved visitors list.

Work Release Offenders

  • Visitors are allowed to bring offenders allowable property items only during visiting hours.
  • Only two adult visitors at a time are allowed unless members of offenders immediate family.

Arrive prior to visiting time. Wait at and enter through the northeast walk up gate when authorized. Proceed to the In-Custody as directed. Show valid identification and provide name of offender visiting. Personal belongings will be checked in and inspected by staff.

Visiting is permitted only in the lobby and at the tables in the dayroom. Visitors are allowed to give a hug at the beginning and end of the visit. No other physical contact is allowed. Communicating is limited to the offender visiting and those seated at the table. Visiting with other offenders or between tables is not allowed.

Children are to be accompanied and supervised at all times by an adult listed on the offenders visiting list. Games and puzzles may be available to use during visiting if appropriate for child's age and ability. Small children are to be escorted to the lobby restroom facilities by an adult.

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