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Programs and services for adults in jail

King County offers and supports programs and services for adults while they are in jail. Support is also available after release from detention.

Looking for information on a criminal case or a court date?

Visit www.courts.wa.gov

Have the 9-digit King County court case number ready. If you do not have the case number,  provide the name and date of birth of the person who was arrested. 

While in jail

King County offers medical and behavioral health services for adults in jail. People in custody have access to many other programs and services as well. Our goal is to support personal, educational, and vocational development opportunities which help prepare individuals for a return to the community. Other activities include religious services, drug and alcohol counseling, recreation, and more. Specific programs are subject to change based on the availability of volunteers and contractors.

Health services

Adults in jail receive medical and behavioral health treatment through Jail Health Services, a division of Public Health — Seattle & King County. If you have concerns about a person's health or medications while they are in custody, contact Jail Health at:

You must provide the following information:

  • The person's name
  • The person's booking number
  • Your contact information
  • What your concern is

To find a booking number for an adult in jail, please use the Subject Lookup Tool.

Release planning is available for people who need to connect with behavioral health or medical services when they leave jail.

Education

Educational programs for adults at King Conty jails may include basic education and high school completion, as well as GED preparation and testing.

Alcohol and substance abuse treatment

King County jails support programs designed to help people in jail overcome substance abuse and find treatment.

Programs for women

King County jails support programs tailored to meet the needs of women in custody. Examples have included a therapy-based creative writing program and recovery programs.

Programs and services for veterans

King County jails have historically hosted programs designed to help incarcerated U.S. military veterans with achieving near-term goals and increasing their chances of success upon release.

Computer tablets

Most King County jail residents will receive a tablet after they are assigned to a housing unit. They will have access to the tablet while in jail, unless it is removed for disciplinary reasons.

There is no charge for standard features. These include thousands of e-books, podcasts, and resources to assist with substance use and mental health issues.  All users also have access to 10 free games. Premium content is available for a fee through a Securus Debit account. This added content may include, but is not limited to, songs, extra games, movies, and television episodes.

Jail residents can make phone calls using the tablets. The first two calls per week are free. Residents can place more calls for a fee.

 

A resident at the Maleng  Regional Justice Center in Kent holds up a computer tablet. These tablets are issued to people while in custody at King County jails.

Other programs and services

Recreation: Adults participate in recreational activities such as arts and crafts, card games, puzzles, movies, and access to exercise.

Recreational Reading: Books are available to adults in both facilities at no cost. Books are available in each housing unit and may also be requested by kite or selected from a book cart that makes regularly scheduled visits.

Faith-based groups: DAJD supports diverse faith-based programs for incarcerated adults. Volunteers provide religious services, religious-based guidance, spiritual support, prayer, and meditation.

Questions about programs in jail?

The information above is not an exhaustive list of programming at King County jails. Programs may change based on providers’ availability or jail staffing. To learn about current programs or how to get involved, please contact Volunteer.DAJD@KingCounty.gov.

After release

The Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) offers programs, services, and resources to help adults returning to the community after leaving detention. These include:

  • Veteran services
  • Mental and behavioral health
  • Substance Abuse
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Developmental disability supports
  • Legal aid 

DCHS offers Diversion and Reentry Services to help people with behavioral health issues avoid jail and hospital visits. 

Crisis Connections has more information and resources. Call 1-800-621-4636 or 211, or text 211.

The Emerald City Resource Guide, offered through Real Change, provides an extensive list of other community supports and programs that may benefit people who have been recently released from jail.

Interested in getting involved? 

There are a variety of professional and volunteer opportunities available at the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention.

  • DAJD works only with volunteers who are affiliated with established groups such as registered nonprofits, faith-based organizations, schools, or governmental agencies. We are unable to accommodate individual volunteers working alone.  To learn more about volunteer opportunities, email: Volunteer.DAJD@KingCounty.gov
  • Learn more about working with DAJD
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