Jail Resources

For questions, please contact Ric Bishop, WASPC Jail Services Liaison, at [email protected] .

WASPC Resources

Jail Liaison

We encourage sheriffs, chiefs of police, jail executives and staff to utilize the resources found on our website, including the WASPC Member Forum.  On the Forum, we have a section devoted entirely to jails.  WASPC has employed the services of a strong jail practitioner in our Jail Services Liaison. 

Unanticipated Fatality Review

In July of 2021, the Washington Legislature passed into law RCW 70.48.510, Unanticipated Fatality Reviews in Jails.  The mission of WASPC is to lead collaboration among law enforcement executives to enhance public safety.  This mission is advanced by providing sustainable programs, projects, and services.   WASPC does not conduct investigations of incidents in member agency operations or critical events. 

During 2022, WASPC sponsored training in Root Cause Analysis, which is required by RCW 70.48.510 and a new skill set for jail professionals.  In addition, WASPC agreed to facilitate a limited number of the initial reviews as part of establishing the infrastructure of this process.

Moving into 2023, WASPC intends on providing a second Root Cause Analysis training session for jail investigators and administrators.  If you have questions regarding elements of a report for submission to the DOH website, please contact our Jail Liaison. 

Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) Services in Small and Rural Jails

In early 2022, WASPC successfully obtained funding to provide MOUD services in 3 smaller and remote jails in Washington State (click HERE for the HCA MOUD Services in Jails December of 2022 Summary Report).  In late 2022 through 2023, MOUD services have been provided by a contract provider in 3 jails.  WASPC is working towards obtaining continued funding and expansion of this program through the end of 2023 and 2024.  Contact WASPC Program Coordinator Curt Lutz at [email protected] for details on this program and how to get your community involved in this Reentry and Public Health Service.

Trueblood Information - Trueblood v DSHS (Trueblood) is a case challenging unconstitutional delays in competency evaluation and restoration services. As a result of this case, the state has been ordered to provide court-ordered competency evaluations within 14 days and competency restoration services within seven days (DSHS Frequently Asked Questions 4/2023).

  • For information on the Trueblood decision from the Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), click HERE
  • For information on the Trueblood decision from Disability Rights Washington (DRW), Click HERE

 Jail Resource Toolkits, Papers and Training Information (provided for your information only without endorsement or claim of quality)


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Non-WASPC Resources

The following link will take you to a number of non-WASPC resources. These resources include links to the following:

  • Americans with Disabilities Act Technical Assistance
  • National Sheriffs' Association, National Center for Jail Operations
  • Discover Corrections
  • 21st Century Jail Workforce
  • Bureau of Justice Assistance
  • Bureau of Justice Statistics
  • National Institute of Corrections
  • PREA Resource Center
  • American Jail Association
  • Stepping Up Initiative Toolkit
  • National Commission on Correctional Healthcare
  • DSHS/BHA Office Of Forensic Mental Health Services, Jail Technical Assistance Guidebook

The forms, documents and materials presented on this page, have been developed and reviewed by an assortment of practitioners in the field of corrections. They have not been reviewed by any legal authority.  Any legal questions an agency may have should be reviewed by the agency’s legal advisor.  

Disclaimer:  Neither the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, nor any officer, employee, member or agent of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs warrants or guarantees the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of any information posted on or distributed by or made accessible on this website and shall not be liable for any losses caused by or damages related to such reliance on the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of such information. The information is subject to change without notice. WASPC makes no claim as to the veracity or accuracy of any of the content, interpretations, views, or opinions expressed, and specifically disclaims any such warranties, either expressed or implied.