Windham County Jail – Putnam, CT

Windham County Jail is located in Windham County, CT and is the main jail for the region. Do you know someone locked up at Windham County Jail? This site will tell you all about everything one might want to know about Windham County Jail,like: How to locate an inmate. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Windham County court information. And much much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and daunting situation, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s friends and family. The goal of this guide is to offer advice and information you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressfull. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any comments or feedback that would be a benefit to other people in the same situation will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Windham County Jail
155 Church Street
Putnam, CT 6260

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (860) 928-5181
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is locked up and don’t know how to find out where they are?

Do you know somebody who has been arrested and you need to locate them?

In order to look up who’s in jail at Windham County Jail you will have to visit their website and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Windham County Jail Inmate List has information on people who are in jail, which includes status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. Also, you are able to find info for anybody arrested and processed or released in the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You will be able to locate their inmate information quicker if you’ve got the arrestee’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member could possibly be in a different jail you should check our Connecticut county jail guide: Connecticut Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail booking picture, is the picture that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually one and one profile photo. Your full name and intake number will be on the mugshot, and they’re on file.

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Mugshots of inmates can be found online, or you can see them at the Windham County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you need to put in their full name, and the booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot removed from the Windham County Jail site? This can be tricky, as the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you’re locked up, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After booking, your bail amount is determined by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out you are required to promise to be there for your court date, and until then you are not allowed to leave the area.

In most cases, inmates can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while incarcerated.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be given work release detail. You will be required to stay jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you might have the chance to move into a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail until your court date. Your bail amount depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. You will have to pay 10 percent of the total set in order to be released from jail. If you miss your court appearance, the person that bailed you out of jail will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you have to call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can see the bail amount online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but most of the time, it’s really easy. First of all, you need to know if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you will not be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail can’t take a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the prisoner will be released into your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should try a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and usually with a minimum fee of $100. This money is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman might request to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

If you need a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process takes you through each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
  • First, have to answer some questions, like what is your full legal name, address, date of birth and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will get to use the phone so you can talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged from jail takes between 10 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the faster you post bail, the sooner you can get released from jail. Also, it depends on whether you have a cash bond amount or if the magistrate still needs to determine the amount of bail to be set. For a minor offense, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served out your jail sentence 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

In the event there is a, or if you need to start your sentence, you should follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. For a warrant, go to the jail, and tell the intake officer that you think there is a warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if so, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be very careful that you aren’t late. Make sure that you only bring approved items when you turn yourself in, for example your drivers license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to provide information about each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s names will go into a log of approved visitors for the requesting inmate. Every visitor will be required to provide proof of identification. Any visitors that gets to visitation or that is not on the visitation list will not be able to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies change often, so review the official site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Calls made in jail are typically pricier than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s phone privileges may be limited or forbidden completely.

The Windham County Jail phone number is: (860) 928-5181

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be sent using the US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly print the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the envelope. Don’t send anything in a box, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and read and examined by the jail staff, and the mail will get returned to the sender if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Windham County Jail:

Windham County Jail
155 Church Street
Putnam, CT 6260

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Windham County Jail
155 Church Street
Putnam, CT 6260


The mail policy at Windham County Jail changes frequently, so you should check the the Windham County Jail website before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you still have rights, the most important of which is the right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure you have a friend or relative find an attorney when you call them. You might be thinking ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and help you through the complicated legal system. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better off you’ll be.

For more information about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, read our guide: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed lawyers that are members of the Connecticut State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are public records. They are comprised of a court case file containing a docket sheet and every motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in the case. You have the ability to access your court case records with the Windham County website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the jury’s verdict. All court records from your case are kept and available to you at the Windham County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges associated with your court case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Windham County magistrate is the judge that rules on your case in court. They do several different things, such as setting bail amounts, issuing warrants for arrest, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about your background and as much detail about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate judge will review when decide your sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the defendant, his or her family, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Keep in mind that you should request to get your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you get the chance to correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the severity of the crime, you may be taken into custody immediately, or you might be given a date that you must turn yourself into jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if someone is locked up, or has been an inmate in the past?

To find this out you will have to go to the Windham County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you are able to check the arrest warrants on the Windham County court website or you are able to call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. You should know that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or check online. Records of arrests are public record and this information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are required to be registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see these listings on the internet, but remember that you will not be able to find the exact address, but only the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and any of the documents filed in your court case. You can access your court records online, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of a person’s criminal background. These databases are connected so you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. Go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will be able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

When you do a criminal history search, you generally will not be able to find out if they has had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Any accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this information, you must do a driving records search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you have to call the jail? Was it correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your story could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Windham County,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Windham County Sheriff’s Department’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in Windham County Jail is quite unpleasant, eventually you will get accustomed to the daily routine. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up at about six in the morning, and then roll call. You will then have breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required to work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. 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 Windham County Jail, 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 Windham County Jail 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 procedure to send money to someone in jail at Windham County Jail is likely to change, so you should visit the the Windham County Jail website before you send money to an inmate.

    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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Windham County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Windham County Jail, 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 Windham County Jail

    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:

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims have 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 an inmate in Windham County Jail? Do you know anybody that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited an inmate at this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to write a review about it. Write down your jail experience because other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you could write in what you write:

    • Conditions in Windham County Jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? What was it like in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Need to talk to someone from jail? Leave a message for them here.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Windham County Jail Website
    Windham County Jail Inmate Search Link
    Windham County Jail Mugshots
    Windham County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Windham County Jail Visitation
    Windham County Jail Mail Policy
    Windham County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
    Windham County Warrant Inquiry
    Windham County Jail Arrests
    Windham County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Windham County Jail Jobs


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