Jail and Inmate Search in Washington

WA State currently has 19,802 inmates in prison and 12,150 in jail. 3.1% are in work-release programs. The average stays for an inmate in WA it 23.7 months. 32% come back within a three-year period after release. 91.8% are male, and 8.2% are female. The majority of the state inmates are White (70%), the second largest demographic is Black (18.3%), 13.4% are Hispanic, 5.1% are American Indian, 4.2% are Asian, and the rest are unknown. The average age of inmates in the state is 38.9. One-quarter of the inmates are serving 2-5 year sentences. The highest number of inmates are incarcerated due to drug crimes then the next highest is assault.

What are Washington Jail Records?

Washington jail inmate search records are the forms and papers that are filled out on each inmate in the system. Intake paperwork, moves to new facilities, visitor logs, medical history, court documents are just some of what is kept in each inmates criminal file. Washington inmate search records are updated frequently and shared among all branches of law enforcement, and some are even available to the public. These records follow each inmate from arrest all the way through parole appearances.

How to Perform Washington Inmate Lookup

When searching for an inmate located in a WA jail or prison, you need only their last name or DOC number. From there you will see a list of inmates with some information like ID, name, and facility. There is also a link where you can be notified of any updates to the prisoner’s status. This is for victims of crimes they committed. There is no option to see more details on each inmate. However, you can use Washington inmate records search online to find out everything about someone in jail or prison including complete criminal history, mug shots and more.

Creating Public Jail Records

The state Department of Corrections administrators are constantly filling out paperwork and creating jail records for each inmate. The process begins when something occurs regarding the inmate, such as when they are arrested, and their RAP sheets are typed up. Other events like visitor logs, court appearances, participation in work-release or educational programs, medical issues or other things that happen while they are incarcerated are all documented and kept in their jail record. The state shares Washington prison inmate search records will all other forms of law enforcement to keep everyone abreast of what is going on with each prisoner.

Criminal Justice Quick Facts

Washington Imprisonment Rate
Washington Imprisonment Rate: 254
Prison Population
Prison Population: 19,019
Probation Population
Probation Population: 93,953
Parole Population
Parole Population: 11,131
Racial Disparity in Incarceration Rate
Racial Disparity in Incarceration Rate: Black : White Ratio - 5.7:1 Hispanic : White Ratio - 1.2:1
Juvenile Custody Rate
Juvenile Custody Rate (per 100 000): 130
Disenfranchised Population
Disenfranchised Population: 48,552 (0.87%)
Disenfranchised African Americans
Disenfranchised African Americans: 7,987 (3.71%)
Corrections Expenditures
Corrections Expenditures (in millions): 1,035

Washington Prisoner Statistics by Gender

The number of Washington prisoners at the year-end of 2016 was 19,104, that saw a 4.5% increase compared to the previous year. Females made up 8.7% of prison population while the number of male prisoners counted 17,446 in 2016.

5 States with More Female Prisoners than Washington

State Number of Female prisoners

5 States with More Male Prisoners than Washington

State Number of Male prisoners
New York48,442

The Prisoner Change by Gender in % for the Last 10 Years

Number of Male Prisoners
Number of Female Prisoners
Change in Number of Male Prisoners
Change in Number of Female Prisoners

The Timeline of Total Prisoners from 2007-2016

The prison population of Washington is 19,104 inmates, that is 7.5% higher than it was 10 years ago. The highest number of prison population in Washington was in 2016, when the number of prisoners was 19,104 inmates.

Washington Parole Population

Washington parole population as of the beginning of 2016 counted 11,131 people, 198 paroles per 100.000 population. That’s by 191 people more compared to the previous year, which has increased by 1.7%.

Paroles per 100.000 population

Parole Total Population in Washington

Parole Entries & Exits

Change in 2016, in Percentage and Number


Number on parole per 100,000 U.S. adult residents

Increased by

Adults entering parole, by type of entry

Type of Parole Entry Number of Parolees
Mandatory: 5,134
Discretionary: 224
Reinstatement: 424
Term of supervised release: 0
Other: 0
Unknown or not reported: 0

Washington Prisons

The state runs 59 jails and 12 prisons. They currently have 19,802 inmates in prison and 12,150 in jail. The state’s Department of Corrections operates off an annual budget of $1.9 billion and a staff of 8,300 employees. Based on one hundred thousand residents, WA has a property crime rate of 3,494, a violent crime rate of 302 and an overall incarceration rate of 259. It costs the state $46,897 per prisoner, per year. The state community corrections system also oversees 89,317 people on probation and 11,322 inmates on parole.

Federal Prisons located in Washington

Prison Name Prison Type
SeaTac FDC Federal Prison
Seattle RRMFederal Prison