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Jail Work Center

 Jail Work Center Facility
Jail Work Center Facility

Jail Work Center Facility
Located at:
5197 NW Lower River Road
Vancouver, WA 98660
Main Phone: (360) 397-2138

There is a new entrance to the Clark County Jail Work Center facility.  Traffic must use NW Gateway Avenue from Lower River Road (SR501).  Direction signs to the Jail Work Center (JWC) facility are posted on NW Gateway Avenue.

The Clark County Jail Work Center facility, also known as the JWC, is a non-smoking minimum security facility that uses direct supervision of inmates who meet specific low risk criteria. Unlike maximum security at the Main Jail, JWC inmates are allowed freedom of movement and activity in the facility and on the grounds.

A major focus of the facility is to allow inmates the opportunity to repay the community in a work setting. Inmates are either working in an existing job in the community while serving their time in the Work Release program or are placed on one of the Jail Industries work crews; kitchen, laundry, grounds, janitorial or industry and are under the direction of custody staff or supervisors.

The Clark County Jail Work Center facility opened in April of 2000, is on 18.3 acres and has three buildings; In-Custody, Work Release, and the Kitchen and Warehouse. The In-Custody and Work Release buildings are housing units, In-Custody has 124 beds and Work Release has 100 beds. The Kitchen and Warehouse building contains food and laundry service equipment and a Jail Industries warehouse.

The JWC provides food and laundry services to the three Clark County correctional facilities; Main Jail, JWC and Juvenile Detention. Food services produces upwards of 3100 meals a day. Laundry Services processes over million pounds of laundry a year. The Jail Industries warehouse was utilized by the C.R.E.A.M. program, a computer and electronic recycling program that responsibly recycled and reused computer and electronic equipment donated by businesses, persons and organizations.  Jail Industries no longer offers the C.R.E.A.M. program, effective November 27, 2008.  Information for other recycling locations can be found at:

Commander Joe Barnett
Commander: Joe Barnett

It is a combined effort of the Jail Work Center operational staff and inmate workers to keep the facilities functioning and maintained. Operational staff consists of 28 corrections deputies, 4 sergeants, 1 supervisor, 13 food service coordinators, 1 food service manager, 1 support staff, 4 industry staff and 1 commander. Inmate workers performed 156,198 hours for an estimated labor cost at minimum wage of $1,361,142 in the year 2009 which is a real financial savings to the Sheriff's Office, other county departments and taxpayers.

The JWC continues to develop ties to the community. Some of the community partners and programs include:

 Partners  Business Computer Training Institute
   Clark College
   Clark County Skills Center - Criminal   Justice Program
   Educational Services District 112
   Fruit Valley Neighborhood Association
   Office of Child Support Enforcement
   Salvation Army
   Vancouver Chamber of Commerce
   Washington State Department of Health
   Worksource of Washington
 Programs  Alcohol Anonymous
   Narcotics Anonymous
   Prison Fellowship Partners
   YWCA Clark County

Clark County Sheriff's Office:
Street Address: 707 West 13th Street, Vancouver, WA 98660
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 410, Vancouver, WA 98666
Main phone: (360) 397-2211
Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388, then call (360) 397-2445
E-mails are monitored: Mon-Fri 8-4 p.m.

Responsible Elected Official: Sheriff Chuck E. Atkins

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