Inmate Face Mask Ordering

At Purgatory Correctional Facility we are issuing FDA approved disposable masks. In addition, family members will be authorized to purchase reusable cloth masks if you so desire. The only approved mask is that can be purchased at the following link:

BUY MASK HERE

Please note that only the masks will be delivered. If other items are shipped with the mask, the package will be refused.

PURGATORY COVID-19 UPDATES

As of Wednesday, September 2nd, there are currently 2 active cases of Covid-19 within Purgatory Correctional Facility.

Please be aware that the following restrictions are in place at the Purgatory Correctional Facility:

  • Commitments will not be allowed until at least October 1st 2020, please check here for updates.
  • On site personal visitation will not be allowed until at least October 1st 2020, please check here for updates.

Covid-19 Attorney Visit Procedures

UPDATE: Effective July 1st 2020, all professional on site visitation will be reinstated.

In order to protect inmates, staff, and the public at large restrictions on all forms of visitation have been implemented at Purgatory Correctional Facility. For guidance on attorney visitation please see the attached  document regarding changes to Attorney Visitation in light of Covid-19 restrictions.

Attorney Visits (COVID-19)

OHV’s in our community; Road vs Dirt. Are you legal?

As our state begins to loosen the restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, Washington County has seen a dramatic increase in outdoor recreation activities.  In addition to the increased number of hikers and visitors to our state and local parks, we have seen an increase in the use of recreational vehicles throughout our communities.  During recent interactions we have found there was an opportunity to educate the community regarding laws governing the operation of both “Street Legal” and traditional Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs).  Based where and what equipment you are operating, the rules and laws likely vary.  It is your responsibility as the operator to know and follow the local regulations.  In this article we will attempt to cover some of the most common questions.

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Washington County Drug Task Force Tip Seeks Public Information

The Mission Statement of the Washington County Drug Task Force is to protect the citizens of Washington County from individuals involved in gangs, drugs, and other clandestine crimes. Law enforcement as a whole have experienced an alarming increase in overdose service calls. The task force is committed to the relentless pursuit and prosecution of individuals who choose to distribute dangerous and deadly drugs in our community. The task force would like to solicit your help in this valiant pursuit. If you have any information you would like to share, please submit it HERE.

Tips can be submitted anonymously or if you would like the opportunity to provide additional assistance, you can leave your contact information on the form and a detective will contact you.

Another goal of the task force is education. Please leave your contact information with a request for a presentation from the task force and a detective will contact you.

 

 

Introducing WCSO’s Online Incident Reports

During recent times our community has been forced to adapt to changes resulting from the Covid-19 Pandemic. The Sheriff’s Office has also adapted to better serve the members of our community, while doing our best to follow CDC guidelines. Unfortunately Covid-19 has not completely deterred criminal activity. In order to accommodate police reports which do not require the physical presence of a deputy, we have introduced our online reporting system. For more information, visit our web page to learn what types of incidents can be reported online from the safety of your home.https://news.washeriff.net/public-services/wcso-online-reporting/

COVID-19 Update – April 1st, 2020

In accordance with the guidance received from State and Federal agencies regarding prevention of the spread of COVID-19, Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility (PCF) will remain on restriction until at least April 20th, 2020. The following restrictions will remain in effect:

-PCF has suspended all contracted, off-site inmate work crew jobs.

-PCF has suspended all on-site visitation, to include all legal, personal, and religious visits. All visitors are encouraged to use the messaging, telephone, and/or video visitation features available on our GTL communication system until the on-site visits are reinstated.

-PCF will not be accepting any inmates who report to serve partial commitments (i.e weekend commitments). Due to the frequency that inmates serving partial commitments come and go from the facility, they create an unreasonable and unnecessary risk of exposure for the facility. In addition, the housing area normally reserved for these inmates will be prepped for use as an isolation/quarantine area, should one be deemed necessary.

-PCF will be substantially limiting inmate recreational opportunities to allow for the appropriate cleaning of the recreational areas between each use.

-PCF will no longer accept misdemeanor arrests and/or misdemeanor warrants. The only exceptions will be Domestic Violence or DUI arrests where citing and releasing was not a reasonable option. If any other exception is requested, it will need administrative approval.

We sincerely hope that by taking such measure we can protect the public as well as the inmates whose custody and well being we are mandated to ensure.

Sheriff’s Message regarding COVID-19 Prevention Measures at Purgatory Correctional Facility

While at present there have been no cases of COVID-19 at Purgatory Correctional Facility (PCF), due to the measures called for by State and Federal governments, I wanted to take this opportunity to inform you of the steps the Washington County Sheriff’s Office has already taken, and those we will be taking in the near future, to help manage the COVID-19 virus at PCF. Last week, PCF established a Disease Committee specifically to oversee and manage the execution of our four-phase pandemic response plan. The committee has already made adjustments to our intake screening process (which now includes specific COVID-19 related medical questions), distributed educational information regarding the COVID-19 virus and basic sanitation practices to both staff and our inmates, implemented an inmate sanitation crew within the facility, and established an internal system for tracking illness and potential COVID-19 symptoms among staff and the inmate population.
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Washington County seeks RFP’s for Inmate Phone and Visitation Systems

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is seeking an electronic inmate trust accounting system to effectively manage inmate funds and financial transactions.   It is the intent of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office to obtain proposals from qualified vendors for supplying, training and supporting software and services for inmate trust accounting services.

The County will select a single vendor awarding a contract for three (3) years and two optional one (1) year contract extensions with the awarded vendor.

The complete Request for Proposal may be obtained HERE.