Chapter 5.01


5.01.010    Purpose.

5.01.020    Definitions.

5.01.010 Purpose.

(1) The standards set forth in this title are adopted by the Snohomish county council pursuant to, and for purposes of fulfilling, the mandates of RCW 70.48.071.

(2) The adoption of these standards is intended to meet minimum federal and state constitutional requirements relating to health, safety, and welfare of prisoners and staff and specific federal and state requirements and to provide for the public’s health, safety, and welfare.

(3) Adoption of these standards is intended as general guides to staff and are not intended to create liberty interests in or for any person.

(4) None of the time limits which appear in these standards are intended to be jurisdictional. Failure to comply with any time limit shall not deprive the bureau or bureau chief bureau chief designee of the power to act in any way authorized by the standards.

(Added Amended Ord. 94-041, May 25, 1994; Amended by Amended Ord. 08-137, Nov. 10, 2008, Eff date Jan. 1, 2009).

5.01.020 Definitions.

In this title, the words and phrases used shall have the meanings set forth below, unless the context indicates otherwise.

(1) "Alternative confinement" means work release, work crew, electronic home monitoring, day reporting or other alternatives to in-custody confinement as ordered by a court.

(2) "Body cavity search" means the touching or probing of a person’s body cavity, whether or not there is actual penetration of the body cavity. Body cavity means the stomach or rectum of a person and the vagina of a female person.

(3) "Contraband" means any substance or item not specifically permitted by bureau rules and policies.

(4) "Correctional officer" means a staff member of the corrections bureau with direct responsibility over prisoners.

(5) "Council" means the Snohomish county council.

(6) "Bureau" means the Snohomish county corrections bureau established by SCC 2.15.010, also known as Snohomish county corrections.

(7) "Chief" means the chief of the corrections bureau.

(8) "Electronic home monitoring" means a program of partial confinement wherein the individual is confined in a private residence subject to electronic surveillance.

(9) "Executive" means the Snohomish county executive.

(10) "Jail" means the bureau facility located at Wall and Lombard, Everett, Washington, designed, staffed and used for temporary housing of adult persons charged with a criminal offense prior to trial or sentencing and for the temporary housing of such persons during or after trial; as well as for housing of adult persons sentenced to a period of confinement in jail pursuant to Washington state law.

(11) "Public records" include any writing or recording which contains information relating to the conduct of government or the performance of any governmental or proprietary function prepared, owned, used, or returned by any state or local agency regardless of its physical form or characteristics.

(12) "Sheriff" means the Snohomish county sheriff.

(13) "Special detention facility" means any facility primarily designed, staffed and used for special populations of sentenced persons who do not require the level of security normally provided in the jail, including, but not limited to persons convicted of offenses under RCW 46.61.502 or 46.61.504. Such facilities shall include, but not be limited to the building designated as the "Work Release/Special Detention Facility" located at 3015 Oakes Avenue, Everett, Washington.

(14) "Strip search" means having a person remove or arrange some or all of the person’s clothing so as to permit an inspection of the genitals, buttocks, anus or undergarments of a person or breasts of a female person.

(15) "Work release program" means a program of scheduled release from the physical confines of the work release/special detention facility for the purpose of employment, seeking employment or school.

(Added Amended Ord. 94-041, May 25, 1994; Amended Ord. 97-013 § 1, April 16, 1997, Eff date April 27, 1997, Ord. 04-090, Oct. 20, 2004, Eff date Nov. 1, 2004; Amended by Amended Ord. 08-137, Nov. 10, 2008, Eff date Jan. 1, 2009).