Navigating the Criminal Justice System in King County
It is important to understand our local criminal justice system in order to best serve consumers who become incarcerated, involved in a court, referred to a specialty court and are on probation or community supervision.
Where to Start?
Working with People with Mental Illness: What Mental Health Service Providers Need to Know by Jackie Massaro, MSW is a great how-to guide and overview of criminal justice language and processes. Also, please review Dispelling the Myths about Information Sharing Between the Mental Health and Criminal Justice Systems published by the National GAINS Center as you begin to think about information exchange, which is a vital piece of working together with your criminal justice partners to assist your clients.
Jail and Court Links
Trying to find out if your client has been incarcerated in a jail in King County? Take a look at this document, called the Jurisdiction Primer, to find out which jail your client may be in based on where they were arrested and by which agency.
Here are some helpful links.
JAILS IN KING COUNTY
King County Jails
The King County Jail Inmate Lookup Service (also called JILS) helps you lookup anyone incarcerated
in the past 12 months in both King County Jails, which are the King County Correctional Facility in
downtown Seattle, WA and the Regional Justice Center in Kent, WA.
For the South Correctional Entity or SCORE Misdemeanant jail in Des Moines, go to their inmate locator. SCORE is a cooperative effort of seven cities: Auburn, Burien, Des Moines, Federal Way, Renton, Seatac and Tukwila.
For the Kent City Jail, please see the Kent Jail Inmate Lookup Service.
For the Issaquah City Jail, please see their In-Custody list
For the Enumclaw jail, please contact the Enumclaw Police Department
COURTS IN KING COUNTY
This is a great resource for all Courts in Washington State (you can search by the case number or the individual's name).
King County is a very large county and does not have a unified court system, thus each of the 39 municipalities have a unique court process, here are some of the key links:
King County Superior Court is where all felonies committed in King County are processed, regardless of where the crime was committed. King County Superior Court Records can be a helpful tool as well as the Electronic Court Records (ECR) online tool, where you can get copies of the actual docket documents in order to track the progress of a case.
King County District Court also has an Electronic Court Record and many great links on their website, including the King County Regional Mental Health Court.
The City of Seattle Municipal Court also has a case search (use the case number from the JILS lookup) and various Court programs including Seattle Municipal Mental Health Court, Veterans Treatment Court, Community Court and the Court Resource Center.