Inmate In Custody Release

If there has been a death in the family and an inmate needs to be released for the funeral, you’ll find the information you need on this page. If you have further questions, please contact the court.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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.

  • The judge closely follows the Tulalip Tribes' Government Employee Handbook to define family relationships before considering a release for you. Please see below.

    Bereavement Leave Definitions:
    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, step grandchildren, parents who have lost an unborn child, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, parents-in-law, siblings-in-law, nieces-in-law, nephews-in-law, grandparents-in-law, uncles-in-law, aunts-in-law, and first cousins-in-law.

  • The tribal court will call the Tribes' Enrollment Department to verify your familial relationship to your loved one who has passed on.

  • You may only attend breakfast, the funeral services and lunch on the same day. Your release will be from 4 to 5 hours.

  • 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.


The judge must approve all requests.