New Haven Correctional Center – New Haven, CT

New Haven Correctional Center is located in New Haven County, Connecticut and is the main jail for this county. Are you looking for somebody in jail at New Haven Correctional Center? This page gives you info about everything a person needs to know about New Haven Correctional Center,like the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. New Haven Correctional Center intake procedures. Court records. And lots more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary idea, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is meant to give info you need to make getting locked up less stressfull. If you have a question, please feel free to ask them, and also any comments or feedback that would help others will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

New Haven Correctional Center
245 Whalley Avenue
New Haven, CT 6511

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (203) 974-4111
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that has gone to jail and want to contact them?

Do you know someone that has been arrested and you need to locate them?

To search who is in jail at New Haven Correctional Center you have to go to their website and use the inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The New Haven Correctional Center Inmate Locator has information on people who were arrested and are now in jail, including current status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. Also, you are able to find information on anybody who has been arrested or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can locate their inmate information fast if you have your friend or family member’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you are looking for is in another jail you can check the other Connecticut county jails in our Connecticut County Jail Guide: List of all jails in Connecticut


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail intake picture, is a picture that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. They take one frontal photo and a side photo. Your name and jail ID number will be in the photos, and they’re stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be searched on the website, or you can see them at the New Haven Correctional Center. When you search for mugshots online you will have to enter the prisoner’s name, and the arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot taken off of the New Haven Correctional Center site? This can be tricky, since the mugshot is a matter of public record. You have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that the record of your arrest will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you are in jail, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve been booked, a bail amount is decided by a special judge called a magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are are released you must promise to go to your court date, and until that date you won’t be allowed to leave the area.

Usually, a prisoner can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and area a good inmate while they’re in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to do work release. You will either have to stay jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you could be allowed to move to a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will have to pay all depends on the crime you are charged with. Someone you know will need to pay 10 percent of the total amount set in order to get out of jail. If you miss court, whoever posted your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you have to call the New Haven Correctional Center or the County Courthouse. If know the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but usually, its very simple to do. First, you need to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you won’t be able to get a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they can’t accept a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will be released to your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and sometimes have a minimum fee of $100. This will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will in these cases require that they use your assets as collateral for the bond.

If you need a local bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in New Haven County

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Released On House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure takes you through each of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • First, will answer some basic questions, such as what is your legal name, your address, birth date and contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to use the phone to call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might get to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will have to change into a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you ever been booked into jail? If you have, please tell your story. How long did you have to wait? What was you treatment like? Do you have any tips that will help other people that get arrested make it through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged can take anywhere from 10 minutes to all day. So, the faster you can post bail, the quicker you will be released. Also, how fast you get released might depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond or if the judge must figure out how much to set your bail at. For lesser charges, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a discharge date, you should plan to be discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you must start a jail sentence, it is recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. If you have a warrant, go to the jail reception area, and tell an officer that you think they might have an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a record check, and if so, you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order states. Be very careful that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Make sure that you only bring approved items when you go to jail, for example a driver’s license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to list information about each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s information will be put into a log of approved visitors as an approved visitor. Every visitor must provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors showing up late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies frequently change, so it would be wise to visit the official New Haven Correctional Center jail site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Jail phone calls are usually more costly than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone could be reduced or totally denied.

The New Haven Correctional Center phone number is: (203) 974-4111

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate must be mailed using US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. You must write the prisoner’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the envelope. Do not mail a package or box, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail received by the jail is opened and reviewed by the staff, and will get returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at New Haven Correctional Center, use this address:

New Haven Correctional Center
245 Whalley Avenue
New Haven, CT 6511

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
New Haven Correctional Center
245 Whalley Avenue
New Haven, CT 6511


The mail policy at New Haven Correctional Center changes frequently, so we suggest that you review the official website before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to ask a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You may be asking yourself ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ While you are not required to have one, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and show you the way through the criminal justice system. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better.

For more information on how to find an attorney, go to: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. Also, the Public Defender is staffed by private investigators, forensics experts and social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys who are admitted to the Connecticut State Bar Association and are completely licensed to handle your case.

Have you ever had to use the services of a Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. Court records include a file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and every documents that have been filed in your case. You, and anyone else, can access your court records using the website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The New Haven County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records associated with your case are available at New Haven County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs associated with your court case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have a court appointed attorney, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate acts as the judge that rules over your case in court. Magistrate judges do a number of different things, such as determing how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about the defendant’s background and information about the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate judge will review when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the defendant, their family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember you can request to get your own copy of the report before sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service to probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you could be locked up immediately, or you could get a date that you must to surrender and report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if somebody you know is currently in jail, or has ever been in jail?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you should access the New Haven County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you should call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants online or you can call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask one of the officers. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or check online. Records of arrests are in the public record and this information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, which can be a court order. You can find these by contacting the New Haven County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not see the precise address, but rather the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a court case file containing a docket and all of the filings and documents filed in the court case. You can access court records online, or at Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of someone’s criminal past. These online databases are all linked so you can track criminal histories from other states. You are able to go to the New Haven County Courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal history search you will be able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t discover if they has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you call the courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your account could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In New Haven County,The Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    New Haven County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of getting locked up in the New Haven County jail is quite unpleasant, you will soon get accustomed to the routine that is set for you. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up at 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, participate in the program that has been assigned to you. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in New Haven Correctional Center, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the New Haven Correctional Center uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The process for sending funds to inmates can change, so you should review the site before you send funds to an inmate there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at New Haven Correctional Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the New Haven Correctional Center, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at New Haven Correctional Center

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • The right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been incarcerated at New Haven Correctional Center? Do you know anybody that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at New Haven Correctional Center?

    If you have, then please write a review about it. Tell us about your jail experience so other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you can put in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story about it. How’d you get locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? How was day to day life at New Haven Correctional Center? Tell us about the other inmates. Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Tell your story about when you did time at New Haven Correctional Center

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Do you need to get in touch with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Write your message below.

    Throw a shoutout to people still locked up at New Haven Correctional Center

    Links and Resources

    Main New Haven Correctional Center Website
    New Haven Correctional Center Inmate Search Link
    New Haven Correctional Center Mugshots
    New Haven Correctional Center Bail Link

    New Haven Correctional Center Visitation Policy Link
    New Haven Correctional Center Jail Mail Link
    Locate an inmate at New Haven Correctional Center
    New Haven County Warrant Lookup
    New Haven Correctional Center Arrests
    Send Money to an Inmate at New Haven Correctional Center
    Jobs at New Haven Correctional Center


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