Helpful Information for Clients and Families:
Helpful information & resources for our clients and their families.

How do I know if I need a Public Defender?

If you are under investigation for a federal offense or if you were contacted by a federal law enforcement agency or any other agency concerning a federal investigation or alleged crime that could be federal, you may need a Federal Community Defender. Non Federal charges should contact the Spokane County Public Defenders Office.

Some of the federal agencies are the U.S. Attorney's Office, Dept. of Justice (DOJ), Border Patrol, Department of Homeland Security, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and U.S. Postal Inspector. In addition, if you were subpoenaed to appear in U.S. District Court, you may need a Federal Community Defender.

You have the right to speak to an attorney prior to questioning and you have the right to have an attorney with you during questioning. If you are contacted by any of these agencies, tell them that you are requesting an attorney and contact our office using the information provided on the contact page.

Video and Phone Visits with Inmates

Many facilities have changed the way we may connect to inmates .via video conferencing such as Skype. The new system that is being put into place is known as GettingOut. GettingOut provides simple and reliable communication between inmates, friends and family. GettingOut requires each attorney, investigator, and or family member to create an account in order to communicate with inmates. Each account is necessary since the system now runs on facial recognition.

Currently Benton County and Bonner County are now set up to use this system. The inmate does receive 2 free visits per week.

To begin communicating with clients create an account by clicking here or visit and look for Create Account at the top of the page.

Here are some helpful links to get you started:

Video Tutorials
How to Schedule a First Visit
Frequently Asked Questions

Video Visit Brocure Account Set Up


Frequently Asked Questions
Click here to find answers to the most common questions. Special thanks to Federal Defenders of San Diego for providing many of the documents in this section.

Local Jail Resources

Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locator
Use this page to locate a Federal inmate incarcerated from 1982 to present.

Benton County Corrections
Benton County Jail Roster

Chelan County Regional Justice Center
Chelan County Jail Roster

Spokane County Detention Center
Spokane County Jail Professional Visitors Handout

Spokane County Jail Inmate Mail Policy
Spokane County Jail/Geiger Roster

Washington State DOC

Yakima County Department of Corrections
Yakima County DOC Inmate Mail Policy
Yakima DOC Visiting Rules and Regulations
Yakima County Jail Roster

Helpful Links

Spokane County Resource Guide Book (Click to Download PDF version)Click To View PDF version
The purpose of this publication is to provide a well organized guide to the organizations and agencies located in the Spokane area that may be helpful to clients outside of the legal spectrum.

Drug and Alcohol Additction

Clean and Sober Housing (Halfway Housing) of Yakima County
In recent years, this concept of clean and sober housing (also known in some regions as halfway houses) has taken hold as a vital tool in helping men and women build a solid foundation in their new way of life and to create a network of lasting friendships that encourage this spiritual walk.

Links to various agencies and resources

Directory of Oxford Houses in WA State

Sober Living Homes in WA State

List of Recovery Support Housing Providers in Spokane County

Union Gospel Mission
What began as a downtown soup kitchen in 1951 has expanded into a comprehensive ministry encompassing Rescue, Recovery and Restoration with three shelters, two thrift stores, an automotive enterprise and a summer camp for underprivileged youth.

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington

Helpful Phone numbers

Directions to Court Houses

Statutes, Regulations, and Rules

Code of Federal Regulations

Federal Rules (Criminal Procedure & Evidence)

Idaho Administrative Code

Idaho Statutes

Immigration Laws & Regulations

Jury Instructions (9th Cir. Criminal)

Legislative History from the Library of Congress

Local Rules(Eastern District of Washington)

Local Rules(Idaho)

Revised Code of Washington

Rules of Appellate Procedure (Federal & 9th Circuit)

United States Sentencing Guidelines

United States Code

United States Code Legislative History

Washington Administrative Code