General Order 75.1
ADMITTING PRISONERS

Last Revised: 03-01-2017

SUBJECT: ADMITTING PRISONERS

This order consists of the following numbered sections:

75.1.1    Accepting prisoners

75.1.2    Intake searches

75.1.3    Legal authority for booking

75.1.4    Warrants in other jurisdictions

75.1.5    Juvenile offenders

75.1.6    Intake assessment

75.1.7    Medical clearance

75.1.8    Inmate property at intake

75.1.9    Cite and release subjects

75.1.10    Arresting officer responsibilities

75.1.11    Unidentified prisoners

75.1.12    Resolution of conflicts

75.1.1 Accepting prisoners

I.    The Olympia City Jail houses male and female adult prisoners charged or convicted of misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor crimes. The admitting officer will ensure offenders booked into the Jail meet medical and legal requirements. The admitting officer or jail sergeant may refuse a prisoner that does not meet acceptance criteria. Acceptance requires:

A.    Intake assessment is completed by corrections and arresting officer

B.    Legal authority exists to hold the prisoner

C.    Complete and accepted medical screening

75.1.2 Intake searches

Corrections staff shall ensure that the arresting officer conducts a preliminary pat search of each prisoner upon entry into the jail intake area. Corrections staff shall conduct a second pat search in the jail intake area prior to the prisoner being allowed into the jail. Staff may use a metal detection device during pat searches.

75.1.3 Legal authority for booking

The arresting officer will provide legal authority to hold the prisoner in the form of a warrant, citation, probable cause statement, booking form, or court order. Corrections staff will confirm the validity of legal authority documentation and check paperwork for accuracy and completeness prior to accepting prisoners.

75.1.4 Warrants in other jurisdictions

Corrections staff will not consider outstanding misdemeanor or felony warrants from other jurisdictions a disqualifying factor for acceptance. Staff will consider outstanding warrants in other jurisdictions when making a final acceptance decision.

75.1.5 Juvenile offenders

Staff will not allow juvenile offenders to be accepted, held, or temporarily housed in the Olympia City Jail. Staff will accept remanded juveniles that otherwise qualify for booking, if documentation of the court-ordered remand is provided.

75.1.6 Intake assessment

I.    Corrections staff shall complete a confidential medical screening of each prisoner at intake. Corrections staff shall not accept custody of prisoners with untreated medical conditions including:

A.    Recent head injuries

B.    Open wounds requiring professional medical treatment

C.    Untreated animal or human bites with pierced skin

D.    Obvious broken bones

E.    Prisoners with a breath alcohol level of 0.25 or greater

F.    Any other medical condition requiring immediate medical treatment

II.    Staff may require medical clearance for prisoners with a blood alcohol level of less than 0.25 or prisoners refusing a breath test based on observation of the prisoner’s behavior and assessment of the prisoner’s ability to function.

III.    Corrections staff shall ensure that the arresting or delivering officer completes and signs the arresting officer portion of the intake screening prior to accepting the prisoner.

75.1.7 Medical clearance

If corrections staff decline acceptance of a prisoner until the prisoner is cleared by a medical doctor based on the intake assessment, the intake officer must document on a Prisoner Clearance/Acceptance form the reason the prisoner is not accepted. The intake officer will make a copy of the form for jail records and provide the arresting officer with the form. Corrections staff will accept a prisoner who otherwise qualifies for booking if the arresting officer provides a completed Prisoner Clearance/Acceptance Report form signed by a doctor or an evaluation by the CDMHP. The corrections officer shall make a copy of the signed Clearance/Acceptance Report form and file it with the inmate’s medical records.

75.1.8 Inmate property at intake

I.    Corrections staff will not accept:

A.    Firearms

B.    Prescription drugs not prescribed to the arrestee

C.    Dangerous weapons and/or contraband, including but not limited to drugs

D.    Evidence of a crime

E.    Intoxicants

II.    Corrections staff will accept folding knives which are to be taped closed and placed into the prisoner’s property. Property that will not fit in a property bag will be treated as excess property. The arresting officer will take possession of contraband or property with evidentiary value. The corrections officer will destroy non-evidentiary contraband, including:

A.    Drugs

B.    Intoxicants

C.    Perishable items

D.    Document destruction

III.    Corrections officers will place inmate property in a property bag, securing small valuable items in the currency envelope. Staff will not allow jewelry into the jail unless it is a medical identification necklace or bracelet and does not present a risk to staff and inmate safety or the security of the jail. A supervisor will consult jail medical staff prior to removing jewelry if it appears removal may cause injury. Corrections officers will ensure inmate property is inventoried, documented, and properly stored.

75.1.9 Cite and release subjects

Subjects who are being cited and released are not allowed in the secure areas of the jail.

75.1.10 Arresting officer responsibilities

I.    The arresting officer will remove the prisoner’s exterior or excess clothing prior to pat-down. The arresting officer will search the prisoner’s property and take possession of:

A.    Firearms

B.    Prescription drugs not prescribed to the arrestee

C.    Dangerous weapons and/or contraband, including but not limited to:

1.    Drugs

2.    Evidence of a crime

3.    Intoxicants

II.    The arresting officer will document on the Intake Assessment form known pertinent information for the jail staff regarding any healthcare problems, injuries, medications, and/or suicidal concerns about the prisoner. The arresting officer will inform jail staff of uses of force that occurred involving the arrestee, and/or medication or drugs found in the prisoner’s possession or in the search of property or vehicles in conjunction with the arrest.

III.    If a medical clearance is required, the arresting officer will obtain the signature of a medical doctor clearing the individual for booking prior to returning to the jail for booking.

75.1.11 Unidentified prisoners

Staff will accept unidentified prisoners for booking on new charges if the offender meets acceptance criteria. Staff will hold unidentified prisoners as Jane or John Doe. Staff will collect fingerprints for submission to WACIC. Staff will update the jail records and notify the arresting officer if WACIC confirms the identity of the prisoner. Staff will notify a jail sergeant if bail is to be posted for an unidentified prisoner. The jail sergeant will contact the Olympia Municipal Court judge and request a no-bail hold on an unidentified prisoner.

75.1.12 Resolution of conflicts

The on-duty corrections staff or jail sergeant makes the final decision as to whether an offender will be accepted into the jail. The Jail Manager will review such conflicts occurring at intake or booking with patrol managers to evaluate the cause of the conflict, resolve any residual concerns, and make procedural adjustments, as needed.

Legal references: RCW 9.41.250, RCW 71.05, RCW 70.48.071, and RCW 70.48.130; NCCHC Standard J E 02