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County Jail was opened in April of 1984 and was originally designed
to house a total of 83 inmates. In those first years the jail booked an
average of approximately 2500 inmates per year. By 2004, that number had
grown to over 6000 inmates per year. Between the years of 1984 and 2003,
the Skagit County Jail experienced over a 240% increase
in the average daily population for the facility.
County Sheriff's Office Corrections Division is an around the clock, 24/7
operation. Currently 40 Corrections Deputies, 5 Corrections Sergeants,
and 1 Lieutenant are responsible for providing safe and secure housing
for inmates being held in the custody of the Skagit County Jail. The staff
of the jail is also responsible for inmate movement outside of the jail
facility, such as court appearances, medical appointments, etc. In addition
to the Division's in-house responsibilities, 5 Corrections Deputies and
1 Corrections Sergeant are responsible for peripheral duties which include
Medical Liaison, Jail Billing, Court Security, and the Jail Alternatives
Program. The Jail Alternatives Program offers alternatives to standard
methods of incarceration for those who qualify. Such alternatives include
Work Release, Community Service and Electronic Home Monitoring. Further,
the Corrections Division employs one civilian working as the Division's
Case Expeditor, responsible for facilitating the resolution of cases with
multiple charges from multiple jurisdictions.
Automatic notification of offender release.
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