- About Us
- Juvenile Detention
- Turning Yourself in on a Warrant
- Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services
About Washington County Jail
The Washington County Jail is a 228-bed direct supervision facility that was opened in June of 1993.
The jail holds male and female offenders, houses both pre-trial and sentenced inmates, and operates a temporary eight day juvenile holding facility.
In addition to a fully operational laundry and kitchen facility, the jail also has it’s own medical unit with several exam rooms, and a dentists office.
The jail houses a transport unit that operates five days per week.
Booking Motions/Order For Booking: Before you sign up for your booking, please email the jail to verify that a booking is required for your criminal charge. Please email WCSO-BookingMotions@co.washington.mn.us with your name, date-of-birth, charges, court file number, and how to contact you via email and phone. Staff will then contact you to confirm whether you need to be fingerprinted or not. If fingerprints are needed, you may then schedule an appointment online.
Civil Applicant Prints: Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to noon.
Come to the Jail lobby entrance and let the staff behind the tinted glass window know that you are here for fingerprinting. There will be a small phone for you to pick up outside the tinted window.
Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
If you have questions regarding scheduling please call 651-430-7900 and follow the voice prompts.
About the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Temporary Juvenile Holding Facility
- The Sheriff’s Office Jail Division operates an 8-day, 5-bed temporary juvenile holding facility licensed by the MN Department of Corrections
- Juveniles that have been charged with a delinquent offense (a criminal charge for an adult) may be held here for up to 8 business days (not including day of arrest, weekends or holidays) pending court disposition
- The temporary juvenile holding facility cannot and will not hold juvenile status offenders (i.e. runaways or liquor offenses) unless prior court action has been taken
Secure Detention Criteria / Guidelines
MN statutes provide broad legal criteria for the use of both non-secure and secure detention.
In addition to the legal requirement of a current or prior delinquent offense, at least one of four subjective non-offense criteria listed below must also be met prior to a child being legally eligible to be detained in secure detention.
The child is a danger to self or others:
- This criteria most clearly comes into play if the offense and/or offenses involve actual, potential, or threatened physical harm to other people.
- Current or prior incidents of suicide attempts or threats, life threatening drug or alcohol overdose, or running behavior that places a child in situations of danger or abuse often fall into this category
Prior history of not returning for court hearings:
- The child has a prior history of failure to appear for court, previous patterns of running away from situations, or threats to runaway will usually be considered under this category.
- The child is a runaway or is not willing to remain in the care or control of lawful custodian.
- Prior or threatened runaway behavior is a prime factor in using this criteria. Also, a recent pattern of defiant, out of control behavior including, but not limited to frequent prior delinquent offenses will be considered under this criteria.
The child’s health or welfare would be immediately endangered:
- Although this criteria is primarily used relative to non-secure shelter for CHIPS youth, it can be applied to delinquent youth.
This will usually occur when the risk of the child’s running away or out of control behavior would place them in situations that would endanger their health or welfare, and this usually duplicates criteria 1, 2, or 3.
- It is also conceivable that the anticipated anger and conflict between a child and parent in response to an offense might meet this criteria, as could the anticipated response of a victim or victim’s family and friends constitute such a danger.
Please note: All juvenile information is private and may not be given out over the phone or to anyone other than verified parent / legal guardian, legal counsel, or probation / social service personnel.
If a warrant has been issued for your arrest, you can turn yourself in at the main lobby of the Jail Division at the Jail window no later than 5:45 a.m. on a weekday, (excluding holidays).
The Sheriff’s Office will make every attempt to get you on the court docket for that day, however due to varying circumstances in the courts and the Jail, we cannot guarantee same day appearances.
If a judge has set a bail amount on the warrant, you must turn yourself into the jail to be booked and processed.
Once you have been booked and processed, you may pay the bail at the Jail or post bond through an approved bonding agency.
Once bail has been paid or bond posted, a court date will be assigned and you will be released from custody.
Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Services
- Inmates in custody at the Washington County Jail will be provided full and equal access to services and programs.
- The County will use its best efforts to provide inmates effective auxiliary aids and services that will permit deaf and hard-of-hearing inmates to have the ability to communicate with people outside of the jail that other inmates have.
- The Washington County Jail has policies and procedures in place that it will provide appropriate auxiliary aids (including ASL interpreters and Video Remote Interpreting) to allow effective communication with all deaf and hard-of-hearing inmates.
- Sign language, oral interpreters, video remote interpreting, texting, TTYs and other auxiliary services are available to deaf and hard-of-hearing inmates free of charge.
- The Washington County Jail will not retaliate against, or coerce in any way, any person who exercises or attempts to exercise his or her rights to services and programs while in custody.
- If you need help or have a question, please contact the Deaf and Hard-Of-Hearing Coordinator at 651-430-7900.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, the jail has suspended tours to protect our staff and offenders.