Chapter 5.10


5.10.010    Staff.

5.10.020    Supervision and surveillance.

5.10.030    Critical articles.

5.10.010 Staff.

(1) A staff member of the same sex as the prisoner(s) shall be on duty or available within a reasonable time at all times. Such staff member shall be directly responsible for supervision which involves intimate physical contact or activities commonly afforded reasonable protection against opposite sex observation or supervision. Female prisoners will not be pat searched by male staff members except as necessary in the event of an emergency affecting facility safety and security. Personal observation of prisoners for purposes of this or other sections of these standards, may be by opposite sex staff so long as opposite sex privacy concerns are given appropriate protection.

(2) There shall be continual sight and/or sound surveillance of all prisoners.

(3) Such surveillance may be by remote means, provided there is staff able to respond, face-to-face, to any prisoner within three minutes. Special problem prisoners are subject to the more stringent personal observation and supervision requirements of other sections.

(4) In the absence of unusual behavior or other concerns for prisoner security and health, personal observation of prisoners by staff shall not be less frequent than once every 60 minutes. Prisoners in segregated units or in a unit that is locked down shall be observed by staff at least once every 30 minutes.

(Added Amended Ord. 94-041, May 25, 1994).

5.10.020 Supervision and surveillance.

(1) General Security.

(a) The bureau shall establish a positive means of identifying prisoners;

(b) Perimeter security shall be maintained;

(c) Security devices shall be maintained in proper working condition at all times;

(d) No prisoner shall be permitted to have authority over other prisoners.

(2) Prisoner Counts. The bureau shall develop a system for taking and recording prisoner counts. This procedure shall be followed at shift changes and at other regular or irregular times.

(3) Contraband Control.

(a) Any item or person entering or leaving a department facility shall be subject to search;

(b) When housed in the jail, prisoners who have regular contact outside the jail shall not be permitted contact with other prisoner classifications or entrance to areas frequented by other prisoners;

(c) There shall be irregularly scheduled searches for contraband in bureau facilities and all areas frequented by prisoners. Reports of such searches shall be made and kept on file;

(d) Conspicuously posted signs shall display the statutory penalty for giving or arranging to give anything to a prisoner without official authorization (RCW 9A.76.010, 9A.76.140, 9A.76.150, 9A.76.160). Non-English speaking visitors shall be informed of the statutory penalty either verbally or by posted signs in the appropriate language.

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

5.10.030 Critical articles.

(1) The bureau shall establish written procedures to insure that weapons shall be inaccessible to prisoners at all times.

(2) Weapon lockers shall be located outside of booking and confinement areas.

(3) Keys and Locking Devices.

(a) Key regulations shall be established by the bureau and read and initialed by all staff;

(b) A control point shall be designated for key cataloging and logging the distribution of keys;

(c) There shall be at least two sets of keys for each facility, one set in use and the other stored securely but easily accessible to staff for use in the event of an emergency;

(d) All keys not in use shall be stored in a secure key locker inaccessible to prisoners;

(e) Emergency keys shall be marked and placed where they may be quickly identified in case of an emergency;

(f) Keys shall be accounted for at all times and the distribution certified at each shift change;

(g) Keys shall never be issued to a prisoner;

(h) If electronic devices are used in place of keys, there shall be key or other manual override capabilities available for immediate use in case of an emergency and/or a failure of the system.

(5) Protective Equipment. Protective equipment, tear gas and any other chemical suppressing agent shall be kept in a secure area, inaccessible to prisoners and unauthorized persons, but quickly accessible to officers of the facility.

(6) Kitchen Utensils, Tools, and Toxic Substances.

(a) Dangerous kitchen utensils and tools shall be marked for identification, recorded and kept in a secure place;

(b) Toxic substances shall be kept in locked storage and use of toxic substances shall be strictly supervised. Such substances, including cleaning supplies, shall be stored in a separate area from food supplies.

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