Detention Center Questions


Can I visit an inmate?


We feel it is important that inmates maintain close ties with their families. For this reason, we encourage you to take advantage of the visiting hours. Visits will improve morale and accelerate adjustment to incarceration. Maintaining ties is also essential if you are to adapt properly upon your release.

An adult must accompany any visitor under the age 18. The visitor’s name must be on the approved visitation list filled out by the inmate. Only four names can be placed on this list. The list may be revised or updated every 90 days. This approved visiting list may contain the following persons:
1. Members of the immediate family, including; wife or husband, children 14 years of age or older, parents, step-parents, foster parents,
Grandparents, brothers or sisters, etc.
2. Other relatives including aunts, uncles, in-laws, etc.
3. Friends and business associates.
4. Any additional persons who may be regarded as having a constructive influence on the inmate.
5. Professional visitors (attorneys, probation, parole, etc.)
6. Clergy visitors: on Sundays we have approved religious officials who conduct church services. If you would prefer to see your personal pastor, you may add that person to your visitation list as the fifth visitor. YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED MORE THAN FOUR VISITORS; THE FIFTH VISITOR CAN ONLY BE YOUR PERSONAL PASTOR.

Any person on the visitors list submitted by the inmate, who is considered by the staff to have a harmful affect on the inmate or is found to be a threat to the safety and security of the jail, may be excluded from the approved visitors list. People who are on probation, parole, or out on bond may be excluded from visiting.

Those children or stepchildren of an inmate, you are 14 years of age or older, shall be placed on the inmate’s visitor list and shall be required to comply with the rules and regulations established for adult visitors. However, those children or stepchildren of an inmate who are 13 years of age or younger, shall be required to comply with the following rules and regulations:
1. Said children, who are 13 years of age or younger shall not be required to be placed on the inmate’s visitor list.
2. Said children of an inmate must be accompanied by a reasonable adult
and if the child(ren) become disruptive or unmanageable, they shall be required ton leave the jail.
3. If the jail personnel have reasonable cause to believe that a child is not
the child of an inmate, a birth certificate or other form of proof that the child is in fact the child or stepchild of the inmate may be required before further visitation is approved.

Anyone who wishes to visit an inmate will be required to present a valid form of identification. No one will be permitted to visit if it appears he or she is under the influence of alcohol or any form of drugs. Personal property such as handbags, briefcases, luggage, outerwear, and packages will not be allowed inside the Detention Center. All visitors will be required to successfully pass through a metal detector. Lockers are available for storage for all property not allowed in the Detention Center. Any visitor who attempts to provide inmates with contraband will be subject to revocation of visitation privileges.

Every attempt should be made to inform your visitors not to bring any items other than a valid form of identification. This will expedite procedures and avoid any possible embarrassment. During regular visiting hours, nothing will be passed to your from inmates.

DRESS CODE: All inmates will be required to wear their full jail issued clothing at all times while present in the visiting area. A copy of the dress code will be posted in the lobby of the Detention Center. Persons who desire to visit inmates must adhere to certain requirements concerning dress. Visitors will not wear shorts, halter tops, low cut dresses or blouses, tank tops, dresses with slits past the knee, or clothing that is transparent or reveals any body parts. THE DETENTION CENTER RECEPTIONIST WILL HAVE THE FINAL WORD on whether the clothing is appropriate or not. Visitors will not be allowed to wear outer garments such as coats, jackets, and sweaters to the visiting area. Visitors will not be allowed to wear any headgear such as caps, picks, combs, etc. All visitors, including children, must wear proper footwear. It is up to you to notify your visitors of the visitors’ dress code.

VISITING HOURS: You will be allowed to visit with you family in accordance with the rules and regulations set forth by the Detention division. IT WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE INMATE to schedule his or her own visitation. Inmates will check with the pod officer for visitation times that are available.

Can I send money to an inmate?

IN-COMING FUNDS: Family and friends have two options for putting money in your account.

1. There is a drop box on our front porch for postal money orders or cashiers checks made out to the inmate. An envelope will be provided and must be filled out completely.

2. The postal money orders or cashier checks may also mailed to the inmate at the following address:

TBE 557 Commissary, P.O. Box 220, Chuckey, TN 37641

ANY questions regarding inmate accounts need to be addressed with TBE # (423) 794-9975.

Can an inmate have pictures?

PHOTOGRAPHS: You may send photographs in the mail. However, if they do not meet the following standards, or if they exceed the amount allowed, they will be kept in the inmate's property in the Intake Section. Photographs may be kept in an inmate's cell provided they are not pornographic. No photograph may be larger than 4x6 inches. Photographs which contain nudity, which may be obscene or pornographic, will not be accepted and returned to sender. No frames or mattes will be permitted. NO POLAROID PICTURES will be accepted by the Detention Center.

What is the address to send mail?

John Doe
C/O Washington County Detention Center
P.O. Box 97
Jonesborough, TN 37659

Can I send mail?


DELIVERY DAYS: The Detention Center will deliver inmate mail Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Any mail that the U.S. Post Office receives on a weekend will be delivered on the following weekday. Keep in mind that the Detention Center is not responsible for delayed delivery of mail from the U.S. Post Office. The staff can only deliver what is received.

IN-COMING MAIL: There are no restrictions on the number of letters an inmate may receive. However, no more than 10 letters will be allowed in their cell. Excess letters may be stored in their personal property (up to 30 days) or released to an outside family member. All incoming mail will be inspected to intercept cash, checks, money orders, oversized greeting cards, or contraband before it is delivered. Greeting cards must be no larger than 5x7 inches. All incoming mail must have the Detention Centers address, including your full name( no nicknames) before it will be accepted. All incoming mail must have a return address to be accepted and if not the entire letter or package will be placed in the inmate’s personal property.
Items, which you are not allowed to receive, will be returned to sender. If any items received are illegal, criminal charges may be initiated. Only mail that comes through the U.S. Post Office or legitimate postal services will be delivered. Mail can not be hand delivered to the receptionist at the frond desk.

PACKAGES: Only authorized packages arriving via the US mail or authorized delivery services will be accepted by the Detention Center. All packages will be delivered to the Detention Center. In-coming publications (i.e., magazines, books, etc.) will not be accepted. Inmates may subscribe to surrounding areas to receive newspapers (number of newspapers in cell will be limited). The Detention Center will not accept compact discs, LP records, or cassette tapes unless authorized by the Detention Center Administrator.

PRIVILEGED MAIL: Privileged mail is mail to and from an attorney, court or other governmental elected officials (i.e., governor, attorney general, probation/parole officer, etc.) This incoming mail will be inspected in the presence of the inmate.

OUTGOING MAIL: While in the Detention Center inmates write as many letters as they wish as long as they have the stamps to mail them. The return address of ALL outgoing mail must be that of the Detention Center including your name.

Example; Washington County Detention Center
John Doe
P.O. Box 97
Jonesborough, TN 37659

All outgoing letters should be given to the Detention Center Officer to be mailed. All letters will be mailed out on the next workday. Outgoing mail will be opened and inspected if there is any reason to believe a violation of security is occurring. Any packages of correspondence containing contraband will be destroyed.

How can I obtain release information?

NO RELEASE information will be given to anyone except the inmate. It is their responsibility to let family and friends know. We can not, for security reasons tell anyone when an inmate is being transferred, taken to court or released.

Can I get a message to an inmate?

No personal message can be delivered to inmates. You may write a letter or wait for them to call.

What if a family member is in the hospital or has passed away?

If an emergency arises, please be prepared to give name of family member, name of hospital with room number and the nature of illness. In case of death we need the name of the deceased, the funeral home and date of funeral. All emergencies must be verified by Detention Center staff.

Can I bring in a book for an inmate?

No. we have an extensive library for use by the inmates. They can check out books and read them in their housing units.

What about medications?

If you need to drop off a prescription, it must be in the original bottle, pill count must be accurate. All medications will be given and verified through our medical department.

Can I drop off clothes?

No clothes can be dropped off unless an inmate is having a trial and the inmate must make a request to the on duty supervisor prior to the trial. Once the trial is over the inmate has to release the clothes to the person of his/her choice.

I need to get the checkbook or house keys from an inmate?

An inmate may release anything they have in their property basket except clothes to wear upon release. They have to fill out a form and the property can be release at the time of their visit. If no visit is set up yet, then it may be picked up anytime. We can not release any property to anyone without the inmates approval.

When can I expect to receive a phone call from an inmate?

Inmate phones are in the housing units and are on from 7:00 am until 11:00 pm. They may be used at anytime. There are a few times throughout the day that phones are off limits for a short time such as during medication dispersal, headcounts, during periods of lock down or when deemed necessary by the pod officer.