LOCAL RULE 19 JAIL AND JAIL ALTERNATIVES 1) Use of Jail Alternatives. Unless otherwise ordered in writing, a sentence to jail shall permit the defendant to apply for jail alternatives and the defendant may serve the defendant's jail sentence on jail alternatives at the defendant's expense if deemed eligible by the Whatcom County Jail. The Court does not permit its sentences to be served at privately-operated jails or privately-operated jail alternative programs. The Court may consider a defendant's request to serve a jail term at another jail or jail alternative facility administered by a law enforcement agency at the defendant's expense if the defendant is deemed eligible by that law enforcement agency, and the defendant shall prove service of such sentence to the satisfaction of the Whatcom County Jail. The Court will not order the Whatcom County Jail to accept any inmate for any jail alternatives program who is not deemed eligible by the Whatcom County Jail. 2) Temporary Release. Requests for temporary release from custody will only be considered by the Court in cases of urgent medical necessity as recommended by the Whatcom County Jail medical staff or, under circumstances and upon conditions deemed appropriate by the Court, for release to an in-patient treatment facility. The Court will not consider nor grant temporary releases for funerals, work, family care, or any other circumstances. 3) Jail Supervision. The Whatcom County Sheriff, not the Court, is responsible for the operation and supervision of the Whatcom County Jail and jail alternative programs. The Court will not enter any order contrary to the Sheriff's lawful policies regarding the operation of the Jail or jail alternative programs. [Effective September 1, 2012]
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