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Booking Restrictions, Staffing Changes Implemented at Jail

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  May 29, 2014

CONTACT: Shari Ireton, Director of Communications
425-388-3377,
Shari.Ireton@co.snohomish.wa.us  
Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office media line: 
425-249-6263

EVERETT, Wash. – Earlier today, Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary implemented booking restrictions at the jail, as well as placing restrictions on the number of inmates placed in the jail’s specialty housing units, such as Medical Housing, Observation, and Acute Psychiatric.

“We have experienced a significant increase in inmates with medical and mental health challenges which has maximized the capacity of our staff and facility,” said Trenary.  “These restrictions will remain in place until we have the necessary resources to manage the needs of our inmate population, while prioritizing the safety and well-being of the inmates and staff.”

Under the restrictions, the jail will not accept non-violent misdemeanor arrestees with medical or acute psychiatric needs which require they be housed in special housing areas.  The jail’s specialty housing units will be restricted to the maximum allowable bed space, meaning no “double bunking” of inmates will be allowed.

In addition, the jail will restrict the booking of probable cause (“PC”) and warrant misdemeanor arrests, except for the following exclusions:

·         Sex offenses, most serious offenses, serious violent crimes, and violent crimes as defined in RCW 9.94A.030.

·         Misdemeanor sex offenses, e.g. Communicating with a Minor for Immoral Purposes, as defined in RCW 9.68A.090, and Indecent Exposure, as defined in RCW  9A.88.010.

·         Domestic violence crimes, as defined in RCW 10.99.

·         Harassment crimes, as defined in RCW 9A.46.

·         Stalking, as defined in RCW 9A.46.110.

·         Violations of No Contact orders, as defined in RCW 10.99.

·         Violations of restraining orders and protection orders restraining or excluding a person from a residence, issued pursuant to RCW chapter 26, and in violation of RCW 10.99 or RCW 26.

·         Luring, as defined in RCW 9A.40.090. 

·         Vehicular assault, as defined in RCW 46.61.522.

·         A charge of Intimidating a Public Servant as Defined under RCW 9A.76.180

·         Any felony assault crime directed towards any Custody or Enforcement Officer.

·         All felonies and DUIs

·         All valid bond surrenders, misdemeanor or felony.

·         All commitments, misdemeanor or felony.

·         All court remands.

·         If an inmate is booked on a felony and he/she also has outstanding misdemeanor warrants, we will book the misdemeanors.

·         If an inmate has served time and upon release warrant check, warrants are discovered, we will book.

Staffing changes with jail leadership were also made this week.   Bureau Chief Rob Beidler will assume command of corrections with Lt. Tony Aston assuming the role of Corrections Major.

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