- Bail and warrant information
- Visting with children
- Inmate Mail
- Medication & Medical Care
- Canteen & Money
- Release of inmates
- Booking fee reimbursment
Paying bail for someone in the Washington County Jail
If you want to post bail or bond for someone currently in Jail, this can be done at certain times in person at the Jail or Court Administration.
Bail and/or Bonds will only be accepted by Court Administration in the Courthouse Building, Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Bail for Washington County Inmates with out of county warrants must be posted at the jail or at the originating agency of the warrant.
Bail is accepted in cash (exact amount) or credit card.
The credit card must be in the name of the person posting the bail with a valid ID.
Bonds are accepted from approved bonding agents
Bail money is generally returned to the defendant once they have satisfied the courts requirements, but may be forfeited if the defendant does not appear on the assigned court date or may be credited towards fines and fees due to the court.
The Washington County Court Administration accepts payments in person by cash (exact amount) or credit card.
*Due to COVID-19 all inmate visiting has been canceled until further notice*
If you plan on visiting with a minor child, we recommend that you visit the inmate once on your own, before bringing the child. This will provide you with an opportunity to understand the process and the facilities’ rules so that you can help support your child when he or she visits.
See visiting with children
- In order to visit an inmate, you must be on that inmate’s visiting list
- The jail operator can tell you if the inmate has a visiting list, and if the inmate is allowed a visit. Disciplinary lockdown or facility lockdown would be examples where an inmate could not visit.
- The jail operator cannot tell you if your name is on the inmate’s visiting list.
Know before you go
If you want to be sure visitation has not been canceled for the day, please call 651-430-7900
We recommend familiarizing yourself with visiting rules and what you can or cannot bring to the jail with you prior to your first visit.
Special visiting hours for families with children
Special visiting times in which families with children receive priority are:
- Saturdays: 8:30 A.M.-10:30 A.M. and 6:00 P.M.-10:00 P.M.
- Sundays: 8:30 A.M.-10:30A.M. and 6:00 P.M.-10:00 P.M.
Please call 651-430-7900 to make sure visitation has not been canceled for the day.
Other helpful information
- Minor biological, adopted, step, foster or guardian children of the inmate may visit when accompanied by an adult on the inmate’s visiting list.
- Minor children must also be on the inmate’s visiting list before being allowed in
- Minors cannot be left unattended in the jail lobby or in your vehicle
- Lockers free of charge are available in the jail lobby for outer clothing, phones, purses, money, etc
- Baby strollers, cribs, and carriers are not allowed in the jail
- Visitors must control their children’s behavior in the visitor booth area or be asked to leave
- For safety and security reasons, a visit may be terminated if a visitor needs to use the restroom during the visit. For that reason, we recommend having children use the restroom before the visit begins
- All jail rules must be followed. Visitors not following the jail rules will be asked to leave and be banned from visiting for a minimum of 30 days.
This Sesame Street in Communities video provides helpful ways to talk to children about a parent or caregiver who may be incarcerated.
About booking fees
- The Washington County Jail collects a $25 booking fee from each person held for confinement
This is authorized by the Washington County Board of Commissioners per Minnesota Statute 641.12, sub 1
Booking fees will not be collected on rental inmates, juvenile inmates, writs, or booking motions
A person may request to have their booking fee reimbursed if:
- all charges are dismissed at court
- or they are acquitted on all charges
- no outstanding charges on the inmate’s account from prior booking fees
Proof for Reimbursement
It is up to the individual to provide proof from court administration that the charges were dismissed or you have been acquitted
How to request reimbursement
If you believe you are entitled to a booking fee reimbursement, call the jail at 651-430-7900 and ask to speak to the support services sergeant