Jail Release to Attend a Family Member's Funeral
Who do I contact about releasing someone from jail whose family member has passed away?
An immediate family member may contact the Tulalip Tribal Court on behalf of the inmate to request that inmate be released from jail for funeral services.
What criteria does the Judge use to release someone from jail to attend a loved ones funeral?
The Judge closely follows the Tulalip Tribes' Human Resources Ordinance § 84 to define family relationships before considering a release for you. Please see below, HRO § 84, Sections VII.C.3. a. Definitions:
3.a. Death in the Immediate Family: Members of the immediate family are considered to be the spouse, children, parents, siblings, nieces, nephews, grandparents, grandchildren, uncles, aunts, first cousins, step and foster children, and parents who have lost an unborn child, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, parent-in-laws, sibling-in-laws, niece-in-law, nephew-in-law, grandparent-in-law, step grandchildren, uncle-in-law, aunt-in-law, first cousin-in-law..
How does the Court verify this information?
The Tribal Court will call the Tribes' Enrollment Department to verify your familial relationship to your loved one who has passed on.
How long will I be released?
You may only attend breakfast, the funeral services, and lunch the same day. Therefore, your release will be from 4 to 5 hours.
What other conditions are imposed?
The Court normally allows for an inmate to be released to a trusted family member. However, depending upon the type of offense you are incarcerated for (i.e., violent offenses, sexual assault, etc.) you may instead be escorted by a Tribal police officer in handcuffs.
*For those held in jail by order of another jurisdiction, you must contact the court where you were sentenced to jail to request a release from jail to attend a family member's funeral.