Welcome to the Kittitas County Jail

Kittitas County Jail
Kittitas County Public Safety Building
205 West 5th Ste. 1
Ellensburg, WA 98926

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The Kittitas County Jail is a division of the Kittitas County Sheriff's Office. It is located in the Public Safety Building in Ellensburg. The Kittitas County Jail (KCJ) was built in the 1980's to house about 45 inmates. In 2012 the Annex was completed which significantly increased bed space and brought our total capacity to 209.


Our staff is made up of the following positions:

  • Corrections Superintendent
  • Corrections Lieutenant
  • Corrections Sergeants
  • Corrections Corporals
  • Corrections Deputies
  • Control Room Operators
  • Law Enforcement Clerks

Corrections Deputies and Control Room Operators work 10 hour shifts. Kittitas County Corrections Deputies have full law enforcement authority while on duty at the direction of the Sheriff.


Applicants must meet these minimum requirements to apply for a Corrections Deputy position:

  • 21 years of age
  • US citizen
  • HS Diploma/GED
  • No felony convictions
  • Possess a valid driver's license

Please visit Human Resources for career opportunities for the positions of Control Room Operator and Law Clerk. Please visit www.publicsafetytesting.com for career opportunities for the position of Corrections Deputy.


New hires are required to attend and successfully complete a 10 week (400 hours) Corrections Officer Academy at the Criminal Justice Training Center in Burien, Washington.

The academy focuses on custody care, inmate communication, proper search techniques, and officer safety. Practical skills are developed through mock scenes, quizzes, and classroom instruction.

At the academy graduation, new hires are awarded their state certification and the honor and privilege of wearing the Corrections Officer badge.

Following the academy, Deputies are trained using current technology, equipment, and techniques to ensure safety of the staff and inmate population.

Specialized Training

  • Defensive Tactics
  • Property/Evidence Intake
  • Public Relations
  • Inmate Programs
  • EVOC
  • Less lethal equipment
  • Verbal Judo
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Fingerprinting
  • CPR/1st Aid

Inmate Programs

The Kittitas County Judicial System and the Kittitas County Jail believe in giving Inmates an opportunity to continue being a productive part of the community while being incarcerated. We provide opportunities for minimum security inmates to work off site for County Maintenance, Public Works, Fairgrounds Department and Solid Waste.

We also provide programs for: work release, GED preparation, school release, and inmate work crew.

These programs are a privilege and maybe terminated at any time.

Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
Kittitas County has zero tolerance and will fully investigate each incident. We will protect victims, witnesses and those who make any PREA claim. If you suspect an inmate is being sexually abused or sexually harassed while incarcerated at this facility, please notify us via email at sheriff.office@co.kittitas.wa.us or call us at (509) 962-7527. Click here for more information regarding PREA

VINELink (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) is a national service which allows crime victims and other concerned citizens to obtain timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day. Victims and other concerned citizens can register to be notified by phone, email, text message (SMS) or TTY device when an offender’s custody status changes. To register regarding the custody of an inmate at the Kittitas County Corrections Center go to the Jail Roster and click on the inmate's name.


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