What Facilities Are Available at the Pierce County Jail in Tacoma?


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Facilities at the Pierce County Jail in Tacoma, Washington, include inmate housing for up to 1,700 inmates, a commissary, visitation areas and health care facilities, according to Pierce County. The jail consists of two buildings referred to as the "Main Jail" and the "New Jail." Other facilities include work and break areas for approximately 300 employees, including guards and administrative staff.

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The jail's health clinic provides a range of medical, dental and pharmacy services to inmates, including mental health assessment and treatment. The clinic also oversees the transfer of inmates to local hospitals for emergency and non-emergency cases beyond the scope of the clinic's facilities or expertise, notes Pierce County.

The commissary stocks a variety of goods, such as snacks and writing materials, available for purchase by inmates. The commissary accepts money on behalf of inmates from outside sources, such as family members. It also provides writing materials and hygiene items free of charge to indigent inmates, according to Pierce County.

Other facilities in the jail include meeting spaces for classes, religious services and consultation with the on-site chaplain, other religious personnel and attorneys. The jail's chaplain services include weekly services, distribution of devotional literature, counseling and coordination without outside organizations to help care for inmate's families and pets, according to Pierce County.

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