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Thurston County, Washington

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The Thurston County Corrections Facility's top priority is the safety and security of the public, jail staff, and inmates. Sound policy, procedure and professional standards guide our correctional work and ensure we are following best jail practices.

Elements of our Mission Statement are as follows:

  1. Providing safe, secure, humane, and constitutional detention for pretrial and convicted individuals who have been legally detained.
  2. Developing and maintaining a professional staff through training, education, and professional development, realizing that each member is an important contributor to the success of our mission.
  3. Providing evidence based and/or best practice inmate programming, addressing areas of mental illness, chemical dependency, anger management, job skills, basic education, and transitional/re-entry case management in an attempt to positively modify cognitive thinking and behaviors thereby, reducing criminal behaviors and recidivism.

Every day the Thurston County Corrections Facility provides services to approximately 425 inmates, as well as the many attorneys, friends, and family members who visit them.  In addition to those incarcerated in our jail, we process over 20 new bookings and releases daily.

Having a loved one or a friend in jail can be a stressful situation, especially the first time, when the rules may not be familiar to you.  Below you will find links to helpful information on jail services.  We encourage you to review this information to better understand Jail and Sheriff's Office operations, especially rules for inmate mail, money, and visiting.

Your feedback about our services is important to us. Please send an email to Thurston County here. Positive comments are appreciated and your complaints or constructive suggestions allow us to work on inefficiencies and improve.

Important Information

The Thurston County Corrections Facility Reception Lobby is open from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday excluding Holidays and closed from 12:00 - 12:30 for lunch.

The Thurston County Corrections Facility is located at 3491 Ferguson St SW Tumwater Washington

Click here for a map and directions.

The Thurston County Corrections Facility visitation lobby is located at 3013 Ferguson Lane, Tumwater Washington. This building is on the same campus as the main facility and also houses our ACCA Program.

Important note:

The Thurston County Corrections Facility campus does not have mail service. Thurston County uses a centralized mail department. All correspondence must be mailed to the following address:

Thurston County Corrections Facility
Inmate _______________
2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW (Bldg #3)
Olympia WA, 98502

There is limited public transportation Monday - Friday and none available on the weekends or holidays. For more details please follow this link to InterCity Transit route #42.

If you are unable to find information you need via this website you can go to the contacts page.

Thurston County Corrections Facility accepts bail on behalf of the jurisdiction from which the charges originate. The amount and type of bail is determined by the court of that jurisdiction.

Posting Bail - Cash Bail

Cash bail is accepted 24 hours a day. During business hours bail should be posted at the appropriate court clerk’s office, District or Superior. Clerks’ offices are located at 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Olympia WA.

After hours and weekends bail may be accepted at the Thurston County Corrections Facility Bail Window, located at 3491 Ferguson St. SW Tumwater.

Note that bail acceptance at the jail is subject to jail workload and as such there may be a substantial wait when posting.
Contact Corrections staff for bail acceptance times. 360-709-5900.

Posting Bail - Bail Bonds

There are numerous bail bond companies authorized by Thurston County to write bonds. Check your phone book for listings. Thurston County Corrections Facility does not provide referrals to any specific bail bond agencies. Bonding companies are restricted to the same posting times and locations listed above.

Bail Reimbursement

All bail which is posted at the Thurston County Corrections Facility is forwarded to the court that ordered the bail. Please contact the appropriate court for the bail refund information.

Payment Methods

The Thurston County Corrections Facility does not accept credit cards or personal checks. Defendants arrested with cash on them, can use all or portions of it towards their bail should they request it.

All visitation is conducted by video. Visits can only be conducted from home or off-site. On-site video stations are closed to the public. For information on how to visit from home please visit


Please note: Visits must be scheduled and defendants must accept the visit. This can take several hours. Visitation is not instant.

  • All visitors MUST present current, valid picture identification.  Acceptable forms of identification will be a State Issued Driver's License or Identification Card, Military Identification Card, or Passport containing a photograph. Temporary identification will only be accepted if it is accompanied by an additional piece of valid picture identification. All visitors under (18) years of age must use video visitation from home or other offsite location.
  • An inmate must be released from custody for fourteen (14) days before they will be allowed to visit any inmate(s).
  • A visitor will be denied visitation if they have been drinking or smell of intoxicants prior to entry to the facility.
  • The Thurston County Sheriff's Office Corrections facilities and County property are smoke-free. This includes the entrance to the Correctional Options building.
  • Loud and disruptive behavior and/or giving false information will not be tolerated and may result in denial or termination of a visit.
  • There will be no minors allowed in the Correctional Options Facility. No one under the age of eighteen (18) will be left unsupervised outside the Corrections facility.
  • No food or drink will be allowed inside the facility.
  • No weapons or items that may be construed as or utilized as weapons will be allowed in the facility.  The presence of such items may result in criminal charges being filed.
  • Cell phones, cameras, or other electronic devices are prohibited and may be confiscated.
  • No headgear such as hats, bandanas, etc., will be worn in the facility.
  • Proper attire will be required for all visitors. Clothing such as tank tops or sleeveless shirts, shirts that expose the stomach, short shorts, low cut blouses, see through clothing, sleepwear, etc., will not be permitted. Visitors must wear shoes.
  • Video visitation hours are 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, 7 days a week, and Holidays. Visitation is unavailable between Noon and 1:00pm and between 5pm and 6pm.


Visitation in the Options Program Building is unavailable between 11:30am and 1:00pm and between 4:30pm and 6pm.

Be advised that your visiting period will be limited to thirty (30) minutes if there are other visits scheduled. If no other visits are scheduled and the visitor or inmate they are visiting wishes to incur the cost, additional time may be allowed.



Video Visitation On Site

The public visitation stations at the Thurston County Corrections Facility have been closed until further notice. ViaPath has provided 60 minutes of free remote (from home) visitation per inmate, per week. If you need to add funds to the inmates ViaPath account, set up an account, or schedule a visit, you may do so at the kiosk located inside the Main Jail Bail door or online at For information on how to visit from home please visit

Note: No persons under the age of 18 years will be allowed access to onsite video visitation. All parties wishing to enter the video area are subject to search. Any violation of facility rules such as inappropriate behavior or contraband violations will terminate your visit and you may be subject to criminal action under Washington state law.

All visits must be scheduled in advance by you or the inmate. It is the inmate's responsibility to inform you of his or her classification and visit availability. Not all inmates are available all the time.

Personal items are not allowed in the visitation area. It is strongly suggested that you limit what you have and leave items in a locked vehicle. Limited storage is available in small lockers located directly outside the Options building at no charge and is subject to availability. Corrections staff will not hold or store personal items.

Electronic devices to include, games, tablets, cellular phones, I-Pods, etc. will not be allowed within the facility.

Appropriate clothing must be worn when entering the visitation area. Corrections staff reserve the right to terminate or deny visitation at any time. 

Video Visitation from Home

Each inmate is allowed 60 minutes of free visitation per week, these 60 minutes can be used for remote or onsite visitation. Visitors need to set up an account with ViaPath in order to visit or deposit funds on inmate accounts. Accounts can be set up by accessing ViaPath on the Internet.  A photo I.D. and an email address or phone number is required.

The person who schedules the video visit, whether it is the inmate or the visitor, will be the party charged for the visit.  People may deposit money for inmates using the ViaPath kiosks or website. Please visit ViaPath's website for current visitation pricing,

Inmates are allowed an unlimited number of video visits per week during video visitation hours.  All video visits will be monitored for compliance with facility rules.

Video visitation hours are 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, 7 days a week, and Holidays. Visitation is unavailable between Noon and 1:00pm and between 5pm and 6pm.

Note: It is the inmate's responsibility to ensure he/she is available for visitation and to communicate those times to you. Some classifications are restricted to specific hours of visitation.

What you will need to visit from home:

• An account with ViaPath
• A computer (laptop or PC)
• A webcam and microphone
• The current version of Adobe Flash (available for free)
• A high speed Internet connection - no dial-up or satellite (test Internet speed

ViaPath provides assistance with this process 24 hours a day by calling (866) 516-0115

The Thurston County Corrections Facility allows attorneys to meet with inmates in a manner that maintains safety, security, good order, and meets legal requirements. Professional visitors and inmates must comply with visiting rules. Visiting information for friends and family members can be found on the drop down above.

Please review our procedures for contraband control and dress on the visitation drop down. Corrections lobby staff will end or deny a visit for that day if the visitor or inmate violates any rule or directive.

Professional visitors will be required to show photo identification. All attorneys will need their bar card and photo identification.

Professional Visiting Hours

The attorney representing an inmate in a criminal or civil matter should try to visit during normal lobby hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 - 11:45 and 1:00 - 4:45, excluding holidays). Staff members will work with attorney visitors to meet visiting needs that fall outside the normal lobby hours on a case-by-case basis. If an attorney who is not representing a defendant wishes to visit an inmate unrelated to a criminal or civil matter, the rules for social visiting will apply. Inmates are not required to visit.

Representatives of Attorneys

Legal assistants, investigators, interpreters, polygraphers, and others who visit inmates on behalf of the inmate’s attorney must have written authorization from a court or the attorney representing the inmate in a criminal or civil matter. Authorizations from the attorney must be on the attorney or law firm’s letterhead. The authorization must be presented for each visit. In addition a pre-clearance application must be submitted and processed prior to any access. Please plan on a week in advance to gain approval/clearance. Below is the Corrections Facility Visitor Authorized Entry Application.  Once you have completed the application it can be emailed to If a representative does not provide the required authorization, the rules for social visiting will apply.

Authorized Entry Application.pdf

Allowable Items for Professional Visits

Corrections staff will allow professional visitors to take in only those items needed for the purpose of the visit.

Passing Legal Documents

Attorney visitors may deliver legal documents and request signatures from inmates.  Please show Corrections staff any items you would like to give to the inmate.

Contact Visitors Are Subject to Search

Corrections staff will closely inspect all personal belongings that a visitor needs to take with them on a visit. In addition, visitors will be required to successfully pass through a metal detector. If a visitor declines the search or cannot / will not go through the metal detector, the rules for social visiting will apply.

All mail sent to the inmates at the facility will be scanned and sent to them electronically.  The original will be provided to them upon their release.


The following is a list of items which inmates are allowed to receive by mail:

• Letters (no stickers)

• Special occasion greeting cards (no musical/audio cards)

• US Postal Money Orders

• US Treasury Checks

• Up to 8 photographs (4" X 6")

Mailing address for letters or US Postal Service delivery 

2000 Lakeridge Drive SW

Olympia, WA 98502


Inmate Mail Guide FAQ.pdf

During the booking process, an inmate and their property will be searched. Inmates are allowed to keep their own underwear, plain white t-shirts, socks, and bras that do not have an underwire. A jail issued uniform, hygiene items and bedding items are provided to the inmate. Undergarments and additional/optional hygiene items are available for purchase through commissary.

While incarcerated, inmates may have in their possession:

• A small, soft cover bound telephone/address book (no wire binding)

• Up to ten (10) letters

• Three (3) new paperback books; provided by the facility

• Legal paperwork

• Commissary items from other facilities, only if like items are sold in the Thurston County Corrections Facility

• Hygiene Items

• Envelopes, stamps, soft pens and paper (from commissary)

• Medical aids (must be approved by contract Medical staff or On Duty Supervisor)

• Limit of eight (8) photographs (no Polaroid-type pictures)

• Soft bound faith based book; this can be in addition to the three (3) paperback books

• The following clothing items:

Three (3) pairs of socks (white)

Three (3) white t-shirts (no logos)

Three (3) pairs of underwear (standard boxers or briefs)

One (1) pair of long johns (white, beige, gray, or similar color)

Females may have three (3) bras (no underwire)

Leaving Property for an Inmate

Property may be accepted by Corrections staff for a specific inmate. These items may be dropped off at the Reception Desk during business hours:

• Clothing will be accepted for inmates under the following circumstances:

Inmates that are scheduled for a jury trial (must be 1 day prior).

Inmate needs appropriate outer clothing for release.

Inmate who cannot order clothing items from the inmate commissary vendor because their size cannot be accommodated.

• Medical items, as approved by medical staff.

• Medications, as approved by medical staff.  Should be blister (bubble) packed and current or additional charges will be charged.

• Funds for inmate accounts (Cash, U.S. Postal Money Order, U.S. Treasury Check, during normal Reception hours or Visiting hours)

 • All other items must be pre-approved by the On Duty Supervisor.

Picking up Property

An inmate can release their property only one time while they are in custody. Before an inmate can release their property, the inmate must ask for and sign a release form, which must be approved through the On Duty Supervisor. Once the release form has been approved by the Supervisor, the inmate property can be picked up. In order to pick up an inmate's property, you must be the person specified on the property release form, and you must have your photo identification. WE CANNOT RELEASE PROPERTY WITHOUT PHOTO IDENTIFICATION. Bring your identification to the Reception Window, where a staff member will assist you. You will have to wait for staff to retrieve the property. All property will be released with the exception of one full set of clothing. We will not provide you with only certain items out of the inmates property.

Impounded Vehicles

If an inmate’s vehicle has been impounded, you need to contact the arresting agency. The Thurston County Corrections Facility may not have any information about impounded vehicles.

Commissary items can be ordered throughout the week. Orders received on time will be delivered to the inmates on Wednesdays and Saturdays (subject to change due to holidays). We accept cash, US Treasury Checks, and US Postal Orders as outlined below. Only an inmate can order commissary. Please see below for information on how to add funds to an inmate's account.

NOTE: Once posted, funds deposited into an inmate's account become their property. Inmates are not obligated to use the money to post bail. Additionally, if an inmate has a negative balance on their account due to debts owed to the county, a portion of the money deposited may be used to pay those debts. Upon being released from custody, inmates will receive the balance of any remaining funds in their account on a debit card or in check form.

Depositing Money for an Inmate

Funds can be deposited on an inmate's account Monday - Friday 8:30 - 4:30 (excluding holidays and closed 12:00 - 12:30 for lunch) at the Reception Entrance of the Thurston County Corrections Facility and during scheduled video visitation times at the Correctional Options building. During the inmate visitation periods, visitors may only leave money on the account of the inmate they requested to visit with. We accept cash, US Treasury Checks, and US Postal Money Orders. Please ensure the US Treasury Check or US Postal Money Order is made out to the inmate and if possible, includes their inmate number. We do not accept payroll, personal, business, or two-party checks.

You must be 18 years old and present official picture identification, such as a valid driver's license or identification card, or a current passport when depositing money to an inmate account.  You may only make one deposit to one inmate's account per business day.

Sending Money by Mail

We accept US Treasury Checks and US Postal Money Orders through the mail. Please ensure the US Treasury Check or US Postal Money Order is made out to the inmate and if possible, includes their inmate number. We do not accept payroll, personal, business, or two-party checks. 

We do not recommend sending cash through the mail.

(Inmate's Name) (Inmate Number, if available)

Thurston County Corrections Facility

2000 Lakeridge Dr SW

Olympia, WA  98502

Electronic Home Monitoring Program /EHM (Non-Bed Program)

Electronic Home Monitoring (EHM) is a court ordered minimum-security home incarceration program. EHM is unique in that the inmate is monitored at their residence via GPS Global Positioning System or in some rare cases via their telephone. The program monitors the offender through an active system using an electronic transmitter attached to the telephone and a radio frequency device worn on the participant’s ankle. This program is operated via a collaborative relationship with an approved electronic monitoring vendor service with program management conducted by sworn correction staff. The VICAP alcohol detecting system can also be incorporated into the program. EHM helps reduce facility crowding and allows the participant freedom of movement during specified periods to attend work, school, treatment, etc. Costs: $23 daily/$161 weekly with UA.

Day Reporting Offender Program /DR (Non-Bed Program)

The Day Reporting Program is a court ordered program where participants live at their assigned residence and report in with Correctional Options staff as directed with respect to their schedules and requests of the court. Typically one AM and one PM check-in is required. Participants are monitored for their compliance with program rules and court ordered conditions of release supervision. Costs: $6 daily/$42 weekly with UA.

Day Jail Program/DJ (Non-Bed Program)

The Day Jail/Work Crew program is a program of partial confinement whereby the courts have an option of sentencing selected offenders to community service programs that are coordinated and supervised by Thurston County Corrections Facility staff and in combination with the Community Betterment/Outside Detail Program. Participants are allowed to serve all or part of their sentence in a structured program while remaining accountable for their offense(s) by performing specific supervised community service labor functions during daylight hours but allowing them to return home at night.

Work Release Program/WR (In-Custody/Bed Program)

Work Release is a court ordered program of partial confinement designed to re-introduce inmates into society and allow them to become a positive member of the community by regaining and/or maintaining employment and attending treatment or school programs as directed by the court. Work Release also helps reduce overcrowding in the Corrections Facility by housing them in a low cost modular constructed housing unit/Correctional Options Annex. Costs: $18 daily/$126 weekly with UA.

Community Betterment/Outside Detail Inmate Workers

The Thurston County Corrections Facility Community Betterment/Outside Inmate Worker Program is offered to selected minimum security inmates who meet the established criteria for working in the community on various public entity and non-profit organization projects. Eligible participants are supervised by corrections staff or other county department or non-profit entity staff who receive specialized training, background clearance and must be First Aid and CPR certified prior to supervising offenders. The Community Betterment Program annually provides thousands of hours of inmate labor services to Thurston County Fairgrounds, Lakefair, Public Works, Litter Detail, Facilities and many other Departments and non-profit entities. 

Chemical Dependency Program

The Inmate Chemical Dependency Program provides a structured, monitored and supportive therapeutic environment utilizing Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) as the primary treatment modality. It is designed to assist chemically dependent inmates in developing the cognitive skills, attitudes and behavior essential for long-term recovery from alcoholism and/or chemical dependency. Program goals include; reduction of violent and criminal behaviors, lowered incidents of recidivism, increased rates of employment, and reduction in behaviors associated with HIV/AIDS risk and domestic violence. Indicators of treatment success are the development of attitudes, behaviors, coping and life skills that will facilitate the participant’s growth toward positive and productive lifestyles. TCCF program participants are referred to treatment by court order and treatment program staff based on a sentence length of seven months or more and a history of current and/or past drug-related offenses. The three-phase program is graduated in both intensity and level of incarceration, utilizing Correctional Options (Work Release and Electronic Monitoring), providing inmates with a phased reintegration into the facility general population and the community. The program also interfaces with Superior Court Drug Court and DUI Court by providing treatment in the jail for Drug/DUI Court participants experiencing relapse or other serious non-compliance with Drug/DUI Court regulations.

Domestic Violence Offender (DVOP) / Anger Management Program

The Inmate Anger Management and Domestic Violence Offender Program is a state certified program which utilizes Moral Reconation Therapy-DV (MRT). The program is conducted in phases with each phase decreasing in intensity. Inmates transition from secure confinement to Work Release supervision whereby they can maintain/attain employment and participate in the DV treatment while under the supervision of the Corrections Staff. Treatment is provided to male and female offenders who have been identified and assessed as having significant anger control problems and/or have exhibited incidents of abusive behavior or crimes involving violence and battering. Program components include recognizing anger, externalizing anger, increasing awareness of problem solving techniques, relationship building, and the cycle for abuse and how to stay safe.

Adult Basic Education (ABE) / GED

The Adult Basic Education Program is provided to eligible inmates through a joint venture with South Puget Sound Community College. Participating offenders are assessed through pre and post testing instruments and individualized education plans are developed. Core competencies in a computer lab format are available and incorporated into the program design with emphasis geared toward attainment of the GED. The cost of administering the Adult Basic Education Program is funded through a Federal education grant administered by SPSCC, the Helen Shank Memorial Fund and Treatment Sales Tax funds.

Preparing for Re-Entry Employment Program (PREP)

The Preparing for Re-Entry Employment Program provides education and job skills training to offenders within the main jail and on Work Release. Program components include, but are not limited to: delivery of pre-employment education and strategies, completing applications, completing resumes, interviewing strategies and techniques to market skills effectively, direct links to the Work Source and community resources, referrals to employment opportunities, GED completion, referrals to training options/opportunities and financial aid assistance.

Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

The Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) groups meet for one hour, one day a week and is available to those inmates who request participation in a 12 step support group. Volunteer AA and NA members from Thurston County facilitate the program and provide sponsorship for inmates upon release.

Alcohol and Drug Information School (ADIS)

The overall goal of the court-ordered program is to help people make responsible decisions about their use of alcohol and drugs as they relate to high-risk behaviors and attitudes. The purpose of this class is to give necessary information and skills to empower participants to restore control and increase effectiveness of participants’ decision-making skills. Individuals completing the 10-hour program are also required to spend one or two days in confinement in a minimum-security housing unit. The program lessons include; Decision Making, Effects of Alcohol and Other Drugs, Progression of Chemical Problems, Family Dynamics and the Law and Chemical Use.

Turning Point / Female Offender Program

Turning Point is a program designed to increase self-esteem, awareness and empowerment. The focus of the group is on setting and planning healthy goals for female inmates. The structure of the group runs in a twelve-week cycle utilizing creative structures and handouts to address each topic. At completion of the twelve-week cycle the goal is that each inmate has an individualized plan of what areas in their life need help in addition to where they can go to better receive this help upon release. The twelve-week course focuses on the topics of self-esteem, self-worth, boundaries, unhealthy/healthy relationships, family structures, parenting, chemical dependency, anger, identification of feelings, needs assessment, goal setting, and change.

Mentally Ill Offender Program

The Mentally Ill Offender Program (MIO) provides mental health and crisis services to incarcerated adults in the Thurston County Corrections Facility. Individuals who meet the criteria of a “priority population", due to acute or chronic mental illness as defined by WAC 388-865-0215, are eligible for program services. MIO services include: 1) identification of incarcerated adults who are mentally ill and in need of mental health services; 2) on-site crisis services; 3) referrals to other key services such as outpatient mental health treatment; 4) enrollment in publicly funded benefits (e.g. Medicaid or SSI) which may help participants access needed services when released from jail; and 5) when appropriate, diversion alternatives to incarceration including Thurston County Mental Health Court.

Offender Re-Entry Program (CDP, WR and EHM)

The Offender Re-Entry Program provides assessment, treatment, and transition services to chemically dependent and/or mentally-ill offenders incarcerated at the Thurston County Corrections Facility. Offenders are identified through assessment instruments and/or referral. A multi-disciplinary team approach allows for collaboration across disciplines and jurisdictional boundaries and is at the core of this program. The Re-Entry Program utilizes the GAINS Re-Entry Checklist, a best-practice tool, that is used to support a transition planning process which addresses issues (e.g. treatment, health care, income, housing) shown to be essential to successful re-entry of mentally ill and chemically dependent offenders.

Transitions Case Management / Medication Program

The Transitions Program provides prescription medication and oversight for management of psychiatric medications. This service is for Thurston County Corrections Facility inmates who have no means to pay for medications used to treat mental illness. The Case Management component provides support for assessment and referral to community resources for offenders transitioning out of the main jail to a Correctional Options Program and then into the community. Correctional Options programs include Electronic Home Monitoring and Work Release. Medication and case management services are intended to improve the continuity of care for mentally ill offenders.

Diversion / Re-Entry Program (General Population Inmates)

The Diversion/Re-Entry Program assists mentally-ill individuals who are incarcerated at the Thurston County Corrections Facility with the purpose of providing a positive transition back into the community. The initial assessment consists of addressing concerns surrounding major life domains such as housing, food, medical, transportation and medication. Based on the information gathered, assistance is provided with applying for benefits where appropriate from state and federal agencies such as DSHS and Social Security as well as connecting with other local community resources. The Diversion/Re-Entry Program also works with the Thurston County Courts in assisting with Inmate Diversions to community placement, when appropriate. Both methods of assisting inmates through the Diversion/Re-Entry Program are carried out with the ultimate goal of reducing recidivism.

Transitional Case Manager (Community Based)

Provides screenings to mentally ill offenders in county and local jails to determine eligibility. Those offenders determined to be eligible are to receive a mental health assessment, assistance to expedite applications for new or re-instated Medicaid benefits, and to expedite, facilitate and coordinate their return to the community.

Veteran’s Program

The Incarcerated Veterans Project employs staff whom identify incarcerated veterans, and, if eligible, enroll them in the program. Communication with the courts is then initiated to negotiate an early release. Requests are made to the court to release veterans to the jail project pending entry into treatment and connection to services. A veterans' benefits specialist from Washington Department of Veteran Affairs provides case management and follow-up services for incarcerated vets who qualify.

HIV/AIDS Education Class

HIV/AIDS education services are offered to all minimum and medium security offenders on a voluntary basis. Offenders receive free and confidential HIV testing and follow-up counseling as needed. 

Thurston County Corrections Facility Ministries

The Thurston County Corrections Facility Ministries Program is a multi-denominational consortium group of Thurston County area churches who provide, on a rotational basis, volunteer services, religious counseling, bible studies, Sunday services and special functions including religious celebrations, clothing bank and community outreach referrals.

Law Library

The inmate law library is offered to all incarcerated offenders and is supervised by Corrections staff. Inmates receive assistance from staff on how to access the computer law system utilizing updated versions of RCW’s and Washington Case Law on CD-ROM, which are updated quarterly. A printer is also available so inmates may print documents needed.

Inmate Worker

The Thurston County Corrections Facility, Inmate Worker Program is offered to select minimum-security inmates who meet the established criteria for inside worker positions. Corrections staff supervise eligible participants in their assigned positions that include; food service, facility janitors, painters, floor detailers, and other functions as needed. All inmate worker positions are closely monitored and offender performance is evaluated daily. Participants receive incentive related considerations for participation in this program that also assists the Corrections Bureau operations and is a strong incentive for inmates to engage in positive behavior. There are a total of 50 inmate worker positions within the main facility.

The Thurston County Corrections Facility contracts with GTL, an outside vendor, for inmate telephone service to provide simple and reliable communication between inmates and their friends and family, which is rooted in the power of relationships. The purpose for contracting these services through a private vendor is to provide a supportive and friendly conduit for making connections, fortifying relationships so inmates get out and stay out.  It is our hope that this service will allow inmates to maintain personal communications and ties with friends and families to facilitate their future transition from jail life to community life.

This page provides some of the very basic information.  For in depth information or questions please contact GTL directly at or toll free at 1-866-516-0115. Representatives are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Inmate Access to Telephones

Inmates use telephones that are located throughout the jail housing units to place outgoing calls. Each housing unit has specific rules concerning the location of telephones, hours of use, and the length of calls allowed. Some basic rules for inmates:

• General population inmates have access to telephones during the day time with the exception of mealtime and during the facility count process.  Other restrictions apply to inmates that are in a specialized classification or housing unit.

• Inmates cannot receive calls.

• Corrections staff will not relay messages.

• Inmates may place collect calls (subject to fees from your phone service provider) or they may use the GTL prepaid phone account service.

• Inmates are not allowed to make 3-way calls, unwanted calls or calls that would violate any law or court order.

• Inmates may receive voicemail messages from friends and family (restrictions apply – contact GTL).

• All calls will be recorded if consent is granted (inmates and callers must push 1 to accept the recording stipulation). The exception to this are attorney calls if the attorney has registered their number with the GTL Telephone Administrator at theThurston County Corrections Facility and it has been confirmed. IF IN DOUBT, PLEASE CONTACT THE FACILITY IMMEDIATELY!!!

• TTY services for the hearing impaired are available upon request.


Prepaid Telephone Accounts

With a prepaid account, you can pay upfront and your loved one or friend can call until the funds run out. You can add more to the account at any time. There are two options when selecting Prepaid:

• Deposit the money into your loved one or friend’s account and they have the freedom to spend the money on phone calls or any other communications services available at their facility.

• With the Friends & Family Account, funds go into your account to pay for communication services such as phone calls, video visits and messaging. Your friend or loved one can only call the phone number you’ve specified.


Collect Telephone Calls

Collect calls allow you to instantly accept and pay for calls to your land line phone account. This means that if you "accept" the collect call from your incarcerated loved one or friend, all the charges for that call will then be billed to your land line phone account and will show up and be listed on your next local phone bill. Please note that different phone companies handle collect calls differently and there may be additional fees, costs, restrictions and limitations regarding collect calls with your carrier. We strongly urge you to contact your local phone company to learn about collect calls before your accept any from your loved one or friend.


For the most up to date pricing please visit GTL’s website at

Rejecting or Blocking Unwanted Calls

If you receive a call from an inmate that you do not wish to receive you can listen to the prompts and block the number so the inmate can no longer call you.  If you receive a call that is in violation of any law or court order, report it to your local jurisdiction immediately.


This facility utilizes a superior 3-way prevention system to prevent 3-way calling activity. This detects and terminates all potential 3-way calls.

Users should understand what causes actual and false (potential) 3-way call responses and subsequent call terminations. Understanding what causes a 3-way call termination will prevent false 3-way call interruptions.

If a 3-way call is confirmed the inmate will be charged $25.00 for the first occurrence.  The number will be blocked should it happen again.

Potential Call Terminating False 3-Way Responses

• Do NOT attempt a 3-way call. All 3-way calls will be immediately terminated

• Do NOT use a speaker phone or amplified phone

• Do NOT use a cordless phone out of range or one with static problems

• Do NOT accept call waiting during your call

• Do NOT yell into the phone

• Do NOT cup a hand over the mouthpiece to mute or cut out background noise

• Do NOT cough into the phone

• Do NOT pick up another extension during the call. If this is necessary, speak immediately after picking up the extension

• Begin your conversation immediately after accepting the call


For additional assistance please contact GTL at or at 1-866-516-0115. Representatives are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

To request custody information on a person that is or has been confined in the Thurston County Corrections Facility, click on the link below for records information:

Jail Records Request (last incarceration date)

Full Jail Records Request (full incarceration dates) 

For Public Records Requests, click here

View a list of exemptions or records prohibiting disclosure

View RCWs pertaining to disclosure of records

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VINE is the nation's leading victim notification network. It allows survivors, victims of crime, and other concerned citizens to access timely and reliable information about offenders or criminal cases in U.S. jails and prisons.

Register to receive automated notifications via email, text, or phone call, or check custody status information online at any time. In Washington, text notifications are offered in English and Spanish. Phone and email notifications are offered in English, Spanish, Russian, Tagalog, Vietnamese and Korean. 

WA VINE is endorsed by the Thurston County Sheriff's Office (TCSO) and is administered by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC).

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