Inmates have access to medical care in the facility based on a medical priority basis. Inmates will be interviewed during the booking process regarding any medical or dietary issues they feel the department should be aware of. Inmates who wish to been seen by medical staff or have their medication prescriptions filled will need to send a kite to the medical department.
Inmates taking prescription medications should bring with them current information regarding their medications (medication name, pharmacy, doctor’s name and number, etc.) but not the actual medication itself. Medications brought into the jail will not be dispensed but will be placed in the inmate’s personal property and returned to them upon their release. The jail medical department will instead contact the inmate’s physician and/or pharmacy to verify the prescription is current and then fill the prescription within approximately 24-hours. Nursing staff are available around the clock to verify inmate medications and initiate appropriate medical care.
Commissary / Inmate Accounts
An inmate account will be established in each inmate’s name. Any money brought into the facility or received during the inmate’s stay will be deposited in the inmate’s account. Funds from the inmate account may be used to purchase items from the inmate commissary. If an inmate’s account balance is $5.00 or less, they will be considered indigent and will be eligible receive limited commissary consisting of basic hygiene items and writing materials at County expense. There are several ways for friends and family to place money in an inmate account (see Inmate Commissary Accounts).
In-Custody Educational Programs
There are a number of quality educational programs available to Snohomish County Inmates. These programs are sponsored by Snohomish County Corrections, Snohomish County Human Services, the Washington State Department of Corrections and a core group of volunteers working together to serve inmates with a broad array of evidenced-based offender change programs, and religious, educational, and treatment services. These programs are designed to contribute to behavior changes, with the ultimate goal of a reduction in the risk factors linked to criminal activity.
Participation in these programs is voluntary (except where it is ordered by the court) and handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Inmate eligibility may also depend on the start date of the program, the length of the inmate’s sentence and the inmate’s classification and housing assignment.
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