Marysville City Jail Inmate Handbook

You are in the Marysville City Jail.  This facility is operated by the Marysville Police Department.  Throughout this handbook this facility will be referred to as the Marysville City Jail.  You have been booked into the jail on charge(s) that require your detention and availability to the courts.  You will remain in custody until the charge(s) have been dismissed, satisfied through a court judgment, or until bail is posted.  While you are detained, you are responsible for following the rules, regulations and procedures in this handbook and any information on posted notices throughout the facility.

This handbook will give you important information regarding your stay in this facility.



You are expected to comply with certain behavioral guidelines while you are in this facility.  All facility rules and staff directions must be obeyed at all times.  You must conduct yourself in an orderly manner at all times with respect to the rights of others.  Our general expectations are as follows:

  • You will be responsible for knowing the information in this handbook
  • You are to follow all staff directives and requests immediately
  • You are to respect jail property and the property of others
  • You are to treat all staff, visitors, and other inmates with courtesy and respect
  • You are to maintain your personal hygiene
  • You are to immediately report any emergencies or safety issues to staff.


In addition to the General Expectations listed above, following are orientation guidelines in further detail regarding conduct and behavior expectations in the Marysville City Jail.

  1. Smoking or use of any tobacco products is not allowed in any area of the facility.   Tobacco products, matches, or cigarette lighters are contraband.  
  2. You will be assigned a bed in a specific cell and location.  You are not allowed to change cells or beds without an officer’s permission. This includes moving from a top to a bottom bunk and vice versa.
  3. Your cell and bunk are to be neat and orderly at all time. (You will be assigned a plastic bin and all of your personal items as well as paperwork are to be placed in this bin.
  4. Do not enter, reach, or lean into another inmate’s cell or bunk area for any reason.
  5. You must wear a complete set of jail clothing (Facility issues pants, Facility issues shirts, and shoes.  Female inmates are issued orange shirts to go under their uniform shirt.
  6. You must maintain good personal hygiene and shower a minimum of 3 times a week.
  7. When moving through the halls, walk in single file with your hands behind your back as directed by jail staff, and remain silent.   You will stay to the right side of the hallway with your right shoulder on the wall. You may not talk or communicate with any other inmate(s) while moving through the facility.  If you attempt to talk or communicate with other inmates, you may be returned to your cell and or face disciplinary action.
  8. Do not communicate with other inmates of the opposite sex. Do not loiter or stand around the cell windows or doors.
  9. Do not pound on the doors or glass.  Use the intercom in your cell for urgent matters (e.g. medical or safety concerns).
  10. Inmate request forms (Service Kites) are accessible via the terminals in the pods. Paper Service Kites are available upon request. You may be asked the nature of your request to determine if there is a need for use of the form.  The officer may have the information you are requesting (i.e. court dates/times) and an inmate request form may not be required.  Inmate request forms containing profanity, obscene, derogatory or offensive language will not be accepted.  
  11. You may not use furniture, clothing, linens, or equipment in the cells for exercise. 
  12. Show respect for property of others and the jail.   Do not lie on the furniture or sit on the tables.  Do not put your feet on the furniture or walls.  Criminal charges as well as disciplinary sanctions may be brought against anyone defacing or destroying City property.  You may be financially responsible for any property you alter, deface, or destroy.

Blankets, mattresses, sheets, towels and hygiene items will be issued to inmates. Inmates are allowed to have one blanket, one towel and one mattress unless approved by jail staff or medical personal.




You have the following rights while in jail, subject to court orders or disciplinary restrictions:

  • Access to courts by letter or through your attorney.
  • Confidential access to your attorney or legal assistance.
  • Protection from abuse and corporal punishment.
  • Freedom from discrimination based on race, sex, religion and sexual orientation.
  • Access to information on jail rules, regulations and consequences.
  • Access to communication (mail, phone and visitation (video or in person)).


  • Your first appearance before a judge will normally occur within 72 hours after you have been booked.  This will be done via video conferencing.
  • Notification of court appearances will be done on the day of court.
  • Your attorney of record may visit during established Professional Visit hours.
  • You may have an attorney visit via video conferencing prior to your court hearing.
  • An attorney or designee may leave legal paperwork for you at the jail reception desk.
  • Bail may be posted at any time, 7-days a week, either by cash, cashier’s check or an authorized bonding company.  Contact information for local bail bonding companies are posted in the dayroom.
  • A personal recognizance release (PR) does not require the posting of bail or bond.
  • Trial clothing is accepted only when trial dates are verified.
  • If you have legal matters pending in courts outside of Marysville Municipal Court, you are responsible for contacting those courts.
  • Upon completion of your sentence, the normal release time is any reasonable time by custody staff as time allows.


  • Foreign nationals have the right to have their local consul or embassy notified when they have been incarcerated.  Foreign nationals also have the right to communicate with their consular officials. There is a mandatory reporting requirement for nationals of certain nations.


  • You have the right to request ballot access if you are incarcerated during an election.  Custody staff can assist in requesting and submitting ballots.


  • After court appearances you will be returned to your cell whether you are due to be released or not.  If, after your court appearance, you are due to be released, this process may take several hours.  Our staff will do everything possible to release you as soon as possible.  Please be patient.    The Officer cannot quicken the release.  BE PATIENT.  INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOIR COULD CAUSE FURTHER DELAYS IN YOUR RELEASE.


  • If you are represented by an attorney, you are to direct all questions regarding your case to that attorney.  Staff members are not allowed to give legal advice
  • Legal research materials are available to you if you are recognized by the court as pro se (acting as your own attorney).  If you are pro se, you may request legal research material by sending a kite to custody staff.
  • Access to a legal library is also available through the phone screen menu in each pod
  • Notary or photocopy services are available by sending a kite to custody staff.  Only legal paperwork will be copied.
  • You may use envelopes provided to you at lockdown to mail letters to the courts and attorneys.  If needed, additional envelopes may be requested from custody staff via a kite to mail letters to your attorney or the courts.


The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was passed by Congress on September 04, 2003.  The Marysville City Jail has established a zero tolerance philosophy and policy regarding inmate sexual assault/abuse.  Sexual violence investigations shall be actively pursued by the Marysville Police Department and the agency’s response shall not vary on the basis of the characteristics, status of profession of the victim or the perpetrator.  It is the policy of the Marysville Police Department to reduce the incidence and severity of sexual violence, protect victims of sexual violence, and promote officer safety.

  • The Marysville City Jail strictly prohibits the sexual abuse of inmates and sexual acts involving inmates, regardless of consensual status.  All incidents of sexual assault/abuse shall be reported promptly and investigated thoroughly.  Inmates under investigation for sexual acts will be placed in Administrative Segregation during the investigation, pending disciplinary sanctions and possible criminal charges.
  • Sexual misconduct is defined as any behavior or act of a sexual nature directed towards an inmate by a member, volunteer, visitor, agency representative or other person while within the Marysville City Jail.  This includes acts or attempts to commit acts including, but not limited to:
  • Sexual assault, sexual abuse, activities to provide sexual gratification of another, sexual harassment, sexual conduct, obscenity or an unreasonable invasion of privacy and also includes conversations or correspondence that suggests a romantic sexual relationship between an inmate and any volunteer, member, agency representative or employee of the Marysville City Jail.  Avoid talking about sex or being partially clothed.  Avoid secluded areas.


Be aware of your surroundings.  If it feels wrong, tell a staff member and do not be afraid to say “NO!” or “STOP IT NOW!” Do not accept gifts or favors, most gifts or favors from others come with strings attached.  Do not accept offers from others for protection.  That is what the Jail Staff is here for.  Be alert.  Do not use contraband narcotics which can impair your judgment.  Be direct and firm when saying no to unwanted activity.  If you fear for your safety report it to staff immediately.


Reporting acts of sexual misconduct can be done verbally, or by using an Inmate Kite Form.  You will be protected from the assailant and the incident will be referred to a law enforcement officer to investigate.  You may need a medical exam, do not clean up, it is important to be examined prior to washing, changing clothes or using the restroom.   All reports concerning the identity of the victim of sexual assault and the facts of the report are only limited to those who have a need to know to make decisions concerning your welfare and for investigative purposes.  You need to know that no staff member is allowed to demean you or the situation through any type of humiliation or harassment.  The longer you wait to report, the more power you give to the perpetrator.  If you wait it will be more difficult to obtain the necessary evidence for an investigation.




  • DO NOT tamper with, or attempt to tamper with any door, telephone, window, vent, plumbing fixture, sprinkler head, light or any other security, safety or building device. Doing so will result in disciplinary action and may include criminal charges.   A maintenance fee may be charged for any repairs, in addition to any sanctions imposed because of a violation.
  • There is a call button in your cell for EMERGENCIES only if you need to contact staff during lockdown.  Repetitive use or misuse of call buttons for trivial matters is prohibited.  Abuse of call buttons may result in disciplinary action.


In the event of an emergency in the facility, follow directions given by Custody Staff.


  • In the event of a lockdown being called by staff or during any lockdown time, you are to go directly to your cell.  In the event your cell door is locked, you are to stand and face the wall in front of your cell until the door is unlocked and you may enter.
  • You are NOT to refuse a custody officer’s order to lock down under ANY circumstances.
  • You are to immediately lock down whenever there is a disturbance in the dayroom. whether or not the custody officer has the opportunity to announce lock down
  • You will be on lockdown status during maintenance repairs, shift change, headcounts, disturbances, emergencies and other times as needed.
  • Soft- locking or pulling your door shut to make it appear to be closed is NOT allowed during periods of lockdown and could result in disciplinary action.


  • When directed to move through the facility, you will proceed promptly and without stopping or talking to other inmates.   You will walk to the right side and in single file.
  • You may not talk, make hand gestures or hand signs or pass notes or messages while moving through the facility or whole attending inmate programs to include court and medical.


The Marysville Jail is responsible for providing inmates transportation to court appearances and other legal appointments as ordered by the court or equivalent authority within our jurisdiction and as required by law.   In order to facilitate this, your cooperation is necessary to ensure you reach your destination on time.

Expectations to be aware of before, during and after your scheduled appearance:

  • You may not talk, make hand gestures or hand signs, or pass notes or messages while moving through the facility or while attending video court or inmate programs.
  • If you believe there is a scheduling error, bring it to the custody officer’s attention.  In the event it cannot be resolved prior to your transport, you will still be moved and prepared for court.
  • If you are too ill to attend court, notify the custody officer.  They may have you assessed by medical staff to determine your fitness for transport or court appearance
  • If you are to appear in court, in person, you will not be permitted to make phone calls prior to transport.
  • Contact your attorney with any questions about your court status.  You will be taken to your court appearances at the Marysville Municipal Court.  If you are supposed to be in another court on different charges, you will need to let that court know where you are.  If you are not released by your next hearing date, you are responsible to contact your attorney to reschedule your court date.
  • Inmates are instructed by the escorting officer that there will be no communication in court.  Communicating in court includes waving, nodding, mouthing words silently, and talking.  This type of behavior will not be tolerated and may result in your being charged with a rule violation. Judges have had inmates removed from the courtroom for communicating.  This could delay your case being heard, bail being lowered, and/or you being released on your own recognizance (PR).  
  • Inmates going to court will be fully dressed; nothing will be carried to court except legal paperwork and necessary medication (e.g. nitroglycerin or inhalers).
  • Restraints will be placed on you and you will be searched when you are transported.  You are to follow the directions of the transporting officer.  Failure to follow directions of officer will subject you to disciplinary action and/or termination of the transport.


“KITES” are used to communicate with staff, to request specific needs or to participate in available programs.  Kites are available via the terminals in the Pods. Paper forms are available upon request from the custody staff.  You are to address the kite to the appropriate party and state your request clearly.  All kites will be reviewed by the Corporal/ Sergeant who may either answer the kite or route it to the appropriate person or service.  


You have NO expectation of privacy while you are in the Marysville Jail. For your safety, the safety of other inmates, facility visitors and staff, you will be subject to searches of your person and property at any time. You are expected to immediately comply with any, and all, directives by staff regarding searches.  Searches may include any of the following:

  • Pat searches
  • Strip searches
  • Visual inspection of your hands, feet, inside of your mouth, hair, behind your ears and other body parts while you are clothed
  • Breathalyzer testing
  • Searches of your cell, issued items and personal property
  • Searches of any physical space or common area
  • Use of contraband detecting dogs
  • Monitoring of telephone calls, except those to attorneys
  • Monitoring your video visits or in person visits via video
  • Opening and inspection of your mail (Legal mail will be opened and inspected in your presence)
  • NOTE:   Physical contact with inmates by staff in accordance with staff performing lawful duties is NOT considered sexual contact (i.e. searches and or medical procedures)


  • You are not to enter or occupy a cell other than the one assigned to you unless authorized by staff. This includes sitting on a bunk that is not yours in dormitory housing.  
  • There is no loitering at the pod doors.
  • Cell windows, vents, or doors may not be covered.
  • Towels, clothing, or bedding items may not be placed underneath doors. 
  • Items may not be affixed to cell walls or bunks. The use of tape, toothpaste, deodorant, labels, or any other substance to affix items is prohibited. 
  • Cleaning supplies are only allowed in cells when you are actively cleaning.   Spray bottles, sponges, rags, etc., found in cells at other times will be considered contraband.
  • Your cell is to be kept clean and neat at all times. If any item in a cell needs repair, contact the Custody Officer. 
  • Bin boxes are to be kept under the bunk or in a designated spot. 
  • Sandals/shoes are to be kept under the bunk.
  • Nothing is to be placed or hung in such a way as to obstruct lights, vents, windows, or speaker box. 
  • In cells, towels may be hung on the hooks provided near the door.
  • Upon moving into any cell, you are to report any problems or discrepancies such as graffiti or damage immediately or they will be considered your responsibility. 
  • Random clean-up and inspection will be done.  Failure to participate in this inspection and clean-up may result in lockdown or loss of the movie/television privileges.

Cell Appearance and Standards

The following are standards for the appearance of your cell and are to be followed.   Free time or other in-house privileges are based on compliance with cell/dorm standards. 


  • All linen must be used.  No linens or blankets are to be left on the bed as a pillow.
  • All linen edges are to be tucked under the mattress.
  • Beds are to be made when not in use. 

Bin Boxes

  • All possessions are to be kept in a bin box when not in use.
  • Reading material is limited to no more than three items total. Reading material includes books, magazines, religious pamphlets, etc.  Hard back books not are allowed.
  • All material in your possession must fit in your bin box.  All excess material must be put in the Property Room or thrown away, unless authorized by the supervisory staff.


  • Toilets and sinks are to be kept clean at all times.
  • Continuous running of water or plugging faucets is prohibited.
  • DO NOT deposit or flush trash in toilets.  You may be charged by maintenance for the repair.


  • You are responsible for maintaining your personal hygiene and the cleanliness of your assigned cell. 
  • You are to shower regularly or as needed and maintain a neat appearance. 
  • You are to utilize trash cans for discarding waste.
  • Razors are issued by custody officers at designated times.  They are to be used immediately and returned to the custody officer for proper disposal. 
  • Practice good hygiene. 
    • Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap.
    • Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered until healed.
    • Avoid contact with other people’s wounds or bandages.
    • Do not share personal items such as towels, razors or combs.


  • At all times when outside of your cell, you are to wear the following: 
  • Sandals or Crocs (shoes if approved by medical) 
  • Uniform pants and shirt (orange t-shirts for females) 
  • You are to report improperly fitting uniforms to a custody officer who will determine size.
  • Only properly fitted clothing will be allowed, (no oversized t-shirts or shorts). 
  • You may have t-shirts with no pockets.  
  • No modified uniforms: torn sleeves/legs/rolled pants/pants tucked in socks, etc.
  • Pants must be pulled up around your waist - NO SAGGING.
  • While inside the cell, at rest or asleep, you will wear garments that will cover your genitalia, buttocks, and breasts (females). 
  • You may not write or mark on any jail issued items unless directed to by staff, such as size markings of the uniforms or numbering of laundry bags.
  • The Marysville Jail will not be held responsible for lost or stolen items or damage to personal property.


  • Any clothing and personal property in your possession when you are booked that you were not allowed to keep on your person inside the jail will be stored in the Marysville Police Evidence Room or Marysville Jail excess property storage.  You will have to make arrangements with the Marysville Evidence Tech to pick up your items.   You will need you case number to accomplish this purpose.
  • In the event your property is stored in the excess property area of the Marysville Jail, a custody officer will provide those items to you upon your release.   Should you be housed at another facility, it will be your responsibility to return to the Marysville Jail upon your release and claim your property.  You will need the receipt provided to you upon your booking.  You will have 60 days to pick up your property or it will be destroyed.
  • To release your property to a third party, ask the custody officer for a Money/Property Release Form.  


You are responsible for the proper use and maintenance of all jail property, (including cells, bin boxes, uniforms, etc.).  You are to immediately report any damage/discrepancies of jail-issued property to the custody officer or be held responsible.  Any willful or unreported damages could result in charges and/or financial restitution.


  • Issued
    • 1 uniform set (top & bottom, orange T-shirt for females)
    • 1 blanket
    • 1 towel
    • 1 mattress
      • Extra mattress may be authorized by medical staff or supervisor with proper documentation
    • 1 cup
    • 1 health care pack that includes:
      • 1 tooth brush
      • 1 toothpaste
      • 1 shampoo
      • 1 comb
    • 1 pair of sandals
  • Personal
    • 3 white T-shirts
    • 3 pairs of socks
    • 2 pairs of underwear
    • 1 set of thermals
    • 1 pair of eyeglasses
    • 3 books (total)
      • Legal papers must fit in your bin box along with all other property.
    • artificial limbs
    • hearing aid
    • legal papers
    • religious pamphlets (no hard cover)
    • feminine hygiene items (tampons/pads)

Books: If you have the maximum allowed number of books in your cell and then receive additional books/magazines, you have the following options:  You may donate them to the Jail Library, or dispose of them.




  • You will have access to medical care based on a medical priority basis.
  • You must submit a medical kite, in writing, prior to being seen by medical staff.
  • Medical requests must be submitted on a medical kite, 
  • Any medications that arrive at the jail with you or are dropped off by someone are subject to review by our medical staff.  They will determine if the medication(s) will be dispensed on a case by case basis.  If you receive medications through the VA or Tulalip, please let medical staff know.
  • Inappropriate or unauthorized use of medications by you will result in immediate review and discontinuation of that medication.  Inappropriate use of medication will result in a rule violation.   This includes trading, cheeking, or taking other people’s medications.   
  • Abuse of medical services or falsification of medical information may result in a rule violation and loss of privileges.
  • Jail medical staff will determine when you will receive medications if you are prescribed them. 
  • Medication pass occurs four (4) times a day.
  1. Breakfast
  2. Lunch Time
  3. Dinner
  4. Lockdown


  • There are a variety of educational, human services, and offender change programs (ei….A.A. and N.A.) designed to assist you. Program participation is voluntary except where it is ordered by the court. Inmates are encouraged to participate.  


  • Requests for religious diets or other special observances will be reviewed on an individual basis.  You may be asked to submit the name of a clergy, religious leader, or advisor to verify the religious observance and/or practice of the religion.  Requests are to be directed to the custody staff (Corporal/Duty Sgt.).

MDC does not limit or restrict any inmate in the practice of his or her chosen religion except where that practice may create a safety or security risk.


Inter-Institutional and Intra-Institutional mail is not authorized unless approved by the Jail Sergeant or designee on a case-by-case basis.  (Mail between inmates regardless of where incarcerated is generally not authorized.   Sending a letter to a third party and having them mail it to the jail is also not authorized).

  1. Outgoing mail MUST bear only the name of the sender in the return address area; staff will add the jail address.  All outgoing mail must be in standard or legal envelopes and sealed.
      • No homemade mailing containers will be allowed.
      • Envelopes which contain drawings, cartoons, messages, symbols, etc. on the exterior surfaces of the mail that interfere with proper placement of postal processing stamps and marking will not be processed.
      • No contraband or food items will be allowed to be sent out.
  1. Incoming mail will be address as:

Inmates Name

Marysville Jail

601 Delta Ave.

Marysville, WA 98270

Any incoming mail containing controlled or unidentified substances, weapons and/or information of criminal activity will be placed into evidence and a criminal report will be forwarded to the appropriate agency for investigation.  INTRODUCING CONTRABAND TO A CORRECTIONAL FACILITY (through mail or by any other means) IS A FELONY.

  • Incoming mail will be inspected to prevent the introduction of contraband in the facility.
  • Incoming legal mail will be opened and inspected for contraband in your presence.
  • If your mail has been denied, you have the right to have this decision reviewed utilizing the grievance procedure.
  1. All mail, both incoming and outgoing, is subject to inspection for contraband and/or being read and censored by the Jail Sergeant or his/her designee.  Letters will be disapproved for mailing or receipt if the letter contains any of the following.
  • Personal checks, cashier’s checks and money orders.   We discourage the practice of cash being sent in the mail due to potential mail theft.
  • Pictures or drawings of nude, obscene or sexually explicit material.
  • Stamps or stickers or items glued or taped to the envelope or letter.
  • Stationary/envelopes.
    • Greeting cards larger than 8”x10”, padded, musical or laminated.
    • Hardback books.
    • Newspapers, soft cover books, and similar items, which are not sent directly from the publisher or book club.
    • Publications that contain nudity, obscene or sexually explicit material.  
    • Gang related material.
    • Non-paper material, including corrugated cardboard.
    • Food or clothing items.
    • Foreign/unidentifiable substances.
    • Correspondence that is in code.
    • Correspondence from other inmates.
    • Threats of blackmail or extortion.
    • Threats of physical harm against any person or threats of criminal activity.
    • Information, which if communicated, would create a rash of violence and/or physical harm to any person.
    • Inflammatory material or markings (advocating ridicule or scorn of any ethnic, racial, religious or other group).
    • Plans to escape, or depictions or description of blueprints or operational details on an institution’s security.
    • Plans for activities in violation of facility rules, or for criminal activity.
  • Publications rejected due to material content will be receipted and stored with the inmate’s personal property in the jail property room and given to the inmate at the time of release from jail.  The inmate may appeal the rejection of a particular publication using the grievance procedure.  The reason(s) for approving a rejected publication shall be based on the Jail Sergeant or his/her designee’s reasonable belief that the publication in question falls within an appropriate exception contained in this policy. 

    1. Jail staff members shall not read mail from or to any inmate’s attorney, elected officials, or the courts.  All legal mail will be opened in the presence of the inmate.
    2. Inmates will not write letters to persons with whom they have an active no contact order or protection order, personally or through a third party.   Violator will have charges filed against them in addition to disciplinary action.
    3. Inmate may only receive packages under the following conditions:
    4. Prior to mailing, packages will be arranged for, in advance, with the corrections staff.


Classification is a process to decide which cell you will be assigned to while in custody. It is done for the safety of all persons and the security of the jail facility. Classification is dependent upon your personal, criminal, medical and social history and the availability of space.   It is a non-punitive inmate management tool. Classification will normally take place within 72 hours of incarceration, including the weekends and holidays.


POD/CELL Activities



  • Telephone calls are not private.  All calls will be recorded and may be monitored.  Attorney calls will not be recorded or monitored as long as the attorney has registered his/her phone number with the Detention Center and Securus as a privileged communication number.  If you hear a recorded message stating that a call may be subject to monitoring and/or recording, it means the attorney has not registered and the call is not private.  
  • Telephones are provided in the dayroom for use during dayroom hours.
  • To receive a collect call from an MDU inmate, the recipient may be required to set up a prepay account through Securus at 1-800-844-6591. 
  • Inmates represented by a public defender may contact their attorney by calling the appropriate speed-dial number posted in the housing modules.  
  • You may not receive incoming telephones calls. 
  • Three-way calls are not allowed and will result in calls being disconnected and action taken.
  • There is to be no loitering around phone areas.
  • There is no phone sharing.   
  • There is to be no phone dialing between inmates for other inmates unless directed and authorized by the module deputy. 
  • In the event of an emergency, family members may contact jail supervisors or counselors.
  • For collect blocks or blocked cell phones, contact Securus at 1-800-844-6591.


  • Visits are no longer than 15 minutes and are subject to availability and space.
  • Visitors and their possessions are subject to search prior to visits. 
  •  Visitors will be required to produce valid government issued picture identification prior to all visits. 
  • A maximum of 2 visitors may occupy the visitation booth.
  • Visitors 17 years of age or under must be accompanied by parent or guardian, paperwork (Certified Certificates only, photocopies are not accepted) provided to indicate that the visitor is an immediate family member.
  • Minor children may not be left unattended in the visitors lobby. 
  • Standard of dress must be appropriate for a public venue.  Dressing provocatively or in revealing attire is not allowed.
  • You and your visitors are to behave appropriately or visits will be terminated and your visiting privileges may be suspended. 
  • Visitors who have themselves been released from jail in the last 30 days may not visit.
  • You will be notified if a visit is denied during your scheduled time


  • Three meals will be served daily.
  • You are to line up for meal distribution and sit down to meals as directed by the custody officer. 
  • You are to eat your meals in the dayroom area unless on lockdown status.  
  • You are not allowed to save food or drinks served during meals in your individual cell or anywhere in the module/pod/cell. EXCEPTION – Inmates in 23 hour lockdown status may keep items not requiring utensils to consume until the next meal.  
  • You may refuse meals. 
  • You are not allowed to give or trade meals or food items.
  • Special diets are arranged by the custody staff.  


  • The dayroom area is to be kept in a neat and orderly condition at all times. 
  • You may assist with dayroom cleaning as assigned by custody staff. 
  • No blankets, sheets or towel in the dayroom.
  • The TV volume must be at a reasonable level and the channel and volume may only be changed with permission of custody staff. 
  • No sitting on tables, or exercising with, standing on, leaning back in, or putting feet on walls, columns, or chairs. 
  • Shower and toilet area to be cleaned.


  • Possession of jewelry is prohibited. 
  • Possession of any authorized item that has been altered from its original state is prohibited. This includes items of clothing.
  • No makeshift exercise equipment will be used (i.e. water weights, buckets, furniture) for exercise purposes.
  • Unauthorized medications, illegal drugs, and paraphernalia are strictly prohibited. 
  • Weapons of any kind are not allowed; including items that are sharpened, altered, or could be used as a weapon.  This will result in disciplinary action.
  • The making, possessing, or use of water weights is strictly prohibited.


Smoking or the possession of any tobacco, lighters, matches, strike kits, etc. is prohibited.


Destruction of facility property, writing, or marking on any part of the facility is prohibited and will result in disciplinary action and may include criminal charges. 


  • You will have access to a grievance procedure for grievable issues. 
  • Grievable issues are legitimate complaints regarding facility conditions, or actions by staff members.  
  • Filing of frivolous grievances or otherwise abusing the grievance system is prohibited and may result in a rule violation as determined by a Supervisor.
  • Grievances are to be filed within 3 days of the complaint or issue.
  • Only 1 complain or issue may be filed on a grievance. Group grievances are not allowed.
  • Any grievances that allege sexual abuse or substantial risk of sexual abuse will not be treated as a grievance and not subject to the routine grievance process and rules.  Grievance forms alleging these issues will be treated as a written complaint of sexual abuse and directed to the proper authority for immediate investigative action.
  • You ARE TO attempt to resolve problems with staff prior to filing a grievance.  Inmates must show that they have attempted to solve the issue and document that on the grievance form.
  • Response to a documented grievance will be provided in a timely manner, unless extenuating circumstances exist. 
  • Grievances should be resolved within 3, but no longer than 5 days from filing.
  • You may appeal a grievance decision ONLY if there is new information regarding the issue; or there is a possible error.  Any appeals must be filed within 3 days of receipt of the initial grievance response.

Grievance appeals should be resolved within 5 business days with written notification of decision provided.


Inmate workers are chosen from a list of qualified inmates.   You may submit a request to become an inmate worker.  To qualify for an assignment you must at a minimum, meet the following criteria:

  • Medical/Classification clearance.
  • Display positive behavior and sanitary hygiene practices.
  • No current class-A felony charge or conviction.   Additional requirements may be requested by screening personnel depending on the needs of the individual program or specific job assignment.
  • Any inmate charged with or convicted of assaulting a staff member, (Custodial Assault etc.) or escape from a secure facility will not be eligible for a work program.

Staff has the authority to suspend an inmate from the worker status pending a hearing and/or an administrative review by the Correction Supervisors.  Inmates who are removed from worker status may remain ineligible for the remainder of their time in custody.


  • Rule Violations will result in discipline sanctions up to, and including loss of good time.
  • You will be provided due process and are entitled to a hearing by an impartial hearing officer for major and serious violations.
  • You may appeal a disciplinary action to the Detention Sgt.  Appeals will only be considered upon demonstrated errors of due process.

Consequences for Violations committed may consist of ONE OR MORE OF the following:

  • Verbal warning
  • Disciplinary isolation/lockdown
  • Loss of privileges
  • Forfeiture of good time
  • Extra work detail
  • Criminal charges
  • Removal from work detail (Inmate worker)
  • Financial restitution

The following are some of the acts that would be considered to be minor violations:

  • Profanity, derogatory remarks, or gestures.
  • Excessive noise, such as arguing, shouting, whistling, rattling or pounding doors, windows, or walls.
  • Unauthorized communication between prisoners.
  • Failure to perform routine duties such as cleaning housing areas, making beds, failing to keep personal hygiene.
  • Failure to wear complete prisoner uniform, including shoes.
  • “Horseplay”, teasing, or verbally harassing other inmates.
  • Possessing unauthorized amounts of property (clothing, books, etc).
  • Entering unauthorized areas.
  • Passing or receiving notes between the male and female cell blocks.
  • Talking between the male and female cell blocks.
  • Failure to use jail furniture properly (sitting on tables, etc).
  • Loitering outside other inmate’s cells.
  • Other acts, not described above, which disrupt the orderly operation of
  • the facility.
  • Buying, selling, trading, passing, or transferring property.
  • Attempting to commit any of the above offenses.

The following are some of the acts that would be considered to be major violations:

  • Repeated minor violations
  • Disobeying or failing to obey an order
  • Lying to staff 
  • Provoking or participating in a fight or molesting another inmate
  • Flooding any area of the facility
  • Defacing or hanging items from any walls, fixtures, ceilings, or windows
  • Jumping, hanging, standing, sitting, or leaning on or from banisters, 
  • railings, stairways, fixtures, or ledges
  • Gambling in any form
  • Interfering with lockdowns or counts
  • Using facility equipment or areas without authorization
  • Unauthorized contact between inmates
  • Entering another inmate’s room
  • Abuse of prisoner services
  • Attempting to commit any of the above 

The following are some of the acts that would be considered to be serious violations:

  • Repeated major violations
  • Assault
  • Escape, attempted escape, or aiding another in escape.
  • Contraband, i.e., alcoholic beverages, unauthorized drugs, matches, lighter, weapons, chemical agent or any object which has been modified so that it could be used as a weapon.
  • Keeping facility-issued medication (or medication from any other source) or sharing    medication with others.
  • Tattooing, piercing, marking, or maiming any part of the body or another person’s body.
  • Theft
  • Interfering with security operations, mechanical devices or doors of the jail.
  • Arson
  • Creating, inciting, or participating in a riot or disturbance.
  • Destruction, alteration or misuse of property.  Restitution or criminal charges may result.
  • Attempting to control the behavior of staff, visitor, or other prisoner(s) through threats, intimidation, or any other means.
  • Indecent exposure or conduct.
  • Misuse of phone, including use of call forwarding, conference calls, attempting to bypass collect call system, use of vulgar language, harassment of victims, etc.
  • Attempt:  Attempting to commit any of the above offenses
  • Any other misdemeanor or felony crime

While confined in the Marysville Detention Center, inmates are subject to disciplinary and administrative action for violation of any law of the State of Washington and the rules governing the facility.  Chargeable offenses may be referred directly to the prosecuting attorney in lieu of a hearing.  However, the fact that an inmate has received punishment as the result of a jail disciplinary hearing or as a result of an administrative action does not prevent subsequent prosecution if the violation was a chargeable offense.


Inmates are given a variety of privileges, which are detailed in this inmate handbook.  This includes good time for sentenced inmates. If an inmate violates the law, they will be held accountable.  This may be through the courts and/or the jail discipline system.

Violations of rules or the laws of Washington State by any inmate in custody may be disciplined in accordance with the rules set forth in this section, or by any appropriate legal action initiated by the Prosecuting Attorney

It is the policy of the Marysville City Jail that inmates will not be subjected to personal abuse, corporal punishment, personal injury, property damage, or harassment.  

The Marysville City Jail inmate rules specify the acts which are prohibited within the facility and the range of penalties that can be imposed for various degrees of violation.  The inmate rules will be reviewed at a minimum of annually and updated, as necessary.

The following is a list of inmate privileges which may be restricted or denied due to disciplinary sanctions.  Maximum periods listed are “per incident” and may be extended if there are multiple incidents.

  • Removal from inmate worker program, programs.
  • Loss of any or all accrued or potential good time.
  • Loss of television privileges.
  • Placed in disciplinary segregation or lockdown status for up to 15 days, per violation. 
  • Thirty (30) days is the maximum time for all violations arising from one incident.
  • Restrict out of cell time.
  • Suspension of recreation up to 15 days.
  • Suspension of visiting privileges for a maximum of one month.  (Except attorney and clergy visits.)


Inmates who have allegedly committed a violation may be placed in a lock down status while waiting for a disciplinary hearing if leaving them in general population is likely to create a safety or security threat.   This is reserved only for major, serious rules.  This pre-hearing detention must be approved by the shift supervisor and will be reviewed within 48 hours by the on duty supervisor.


Disciplinary hearings will be convened as soon as practical, but no later than 72 hours, including weekends and holidays, after written notification of the alleged violation.  Extensions must be given to the inmate, in writing, detailing the reason(s) and an expected timeframe for the hearing.  Charged inmates must be notified of the hearing at least 24 hours in advance of the hearing.

If you are unruly, the hearing officers may recess the hearing.  If you refuse to attend the hearing, it will be held in your absence.  An inmate’s right to attend a hearing may be suspended if there is a reasonable safety concern for staff and other inmates.

The misconduct report listing the charges will be read to you. You may admit or deny these charges.  You may tell your side of the story and present evidence and witnesses; unless presenting such evidence or witnesses may risk the safety of staff or other prisoners.  Written requests for witnesses must be received no later than 12 hours prior to hearing. Inmates have no right to cross-examine witnesses or confront accusers.

Inmates have the right to remain silent at an administrative/disciplinary hearing.  If an inmate fails to answer questions or refuses to speak on his/her own behalf, the hearing officer (s) can make an adverse inference for purposes of deciding guilt or innocence.  The adverse inference can be included in the evidence relied upon by the hearing officer (s) in determining guilt.  All inmates retain the right against criminal self-incrimination.  The inmate’s silence will not be considered an admission of guilt.

In the event you are incapable of representing yourself in such a hearing, you shall be advised of your right to be assisted by a staff member. You do not have the right to select who will assist in a hearing, the appointment of a staff member to provide assistance rests with the hearing officer.

Disciplinary hearings will determine guilt or innocence based on the evidence presented.  Only if a guilty verdict is reached or a guilty plea was made will sanctions be imposed 

An inmate may be held accountable for discipline violations from a previous incarceration.  Example: An inmate bails out prior to or just after a disciplinary hearing and returns to jail a month later.  The hearing can still be held and or sanctions can still be imposed. 

If you are charged with a major or serious rule violation, you will be afforded the following during the disciplinary hearing process.

  • You will be given written notice of the charges as soon as practical, but not less than 24 hours prior to the disciplinary hearing.
  • The written notification will state what major violation you are alleged to have committed, with a brief statement of what happened.  You are requested to sign the written notification when delivered to you, to acknowledge that you received it and are aware of the charge.  Your signature is NOT an admission of guilt.  Refusal to sign will not stop the process.
  • You will be scheduled for a disciplinary hearing within 72 hours of the time you are given written notification of the charge, including weekends and holidays.  Hearings may be postponed for a reasonable length of time, if necessary.   You will be given full credit for the time spent in segregation prior to a hearing, if applicable. Disciplinary charges will not be dismissed if your hearing is continued. 
  • You will be sent written notification of the time and location of the disciplinary hearing and the hearing officer that will be present, at least 24 hours prior to the hearing.
  • You will be asked to attend the hearing but have the option of waiving your right to appear, in writing, of refusing to attend.   If you refuse, the hearing will be held, as scheduled without your presence.  
  • You may request witness testimony, including other inmates or jail staff, to testify on your behalf during the hearing.   Witness testimony, in the presence of the charged inmate, will be determined on the case-by-case basis.   The hearing officer, based on facility safety and security issues, will make this determination.  If witness testimony is taken in absentia, it will be given directly to the hearing officer and recorded as a matter of record.
  • You may request a staff member, to be designated by the hearing officer, to assist you on interpret for you during the hearing process if you are not capable of collecting and presenting evidence on your own.
  • At the end of the hearing, the hearing officer will review the facts and testimony given and make a finding.
  • Your hearing will be recorded and the basis for the finding documented.  The findings will be submitted to a staff member designated by the Sergeant for review of evidence, findings and adherence to procedure.
  • A written copy of the hearing officer’s findings will be forwarded to you.  


  • Inmates have the right to appeal discipline involving major or serious violations only.  Appeals will only be accepted on a “grievance form.”
  • Appeals must be submitted to on-duty supervisor within 24 hours of receiving the sanction notice for a major or serious infraction.   The Administrative Services Commander, or their designee, has five (5) days to respond.  
  • Your responses will be in writing. 

Discipline is not subject to the grievance procedure.