Palm Beach County Jail – West Palm Beach, FL

Palm Beach County Jail is in Palm Beach County and is the primary correctional facility for that county. Are you looking for somebody locked up in Palm Beach County Jail? This guide tells you about everything one might want to know about Palm Beach County Jail,like the following: How to locate an inmate at Palm Beach County Jail. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Palm Beach County Jail intake procedures. Court information and records. And everything else.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary prospect, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to give you info you need to make getting locked up easier. If you have specific questions, just ask it, and please leave any feedback or comments that might be a benefit to others will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Palm Beach County Jail
3228 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (561) 688-4340
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is incarcerated and need to contact them?

Has a friend or family member who has been arrested and you want to locate them?

In order to look up who is in jail at Palm Beach County Jail you will have to go to their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Palm Beach County Jail Inmate List has information on people who have been arrested and are in custody, including current status, how much their bail is, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can get information on anybody processed or released within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to find their inmate information fast if you’ve got your friend or family member’s name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for might be locked up at a different jail you should look here: List of all county jails in Florida


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake photo, is a photograph taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually one face photo and a profile photo. Your name and jail ID number will be on the pictures, and they’re kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be found on the Palm Beach County Jail website, or you can see them at the Palm Beach County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will have to enter the full name, and the arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot taken down from the Palm Beach County Jail website? This can be tricky, since your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you’re in jail, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After booking, your bail will be set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you must promise to be in court on your court date, and until that date you are not allowed to leave the area.

Usually, a prisoner will be given time off in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while they’re in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. You will have to go back to jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you may be permitted to sleep in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail until your trial. The amount you will have to pay depends on the crime you are charged with. Someone you know will need to pay to the courts ten percent of the total that was set so you are able to be released. If you fail to show up for your court appearance, whoever paid your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you have to call the Palm Beach County Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the pertinent information, such as 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 on the Palm Beach County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but in some cases, it’s really easy if you have the money. First of all, you need to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you can’t get a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail will not accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and in most cases have a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman may request to use your personal assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To talk to a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman at Palm Beach County Jail

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process includes the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first step is that you will answer some simple questions, like your full legal name, street address, birth date and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will get to use the telephone in order to get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged from jail can take anywhere from 15 minutes to many hours. In simple terms, the faster bail is posted, the faster you will get discharged from jail. It also will depend on if you have a cash bond or if a judge still needs to figure out the amount of bail to be set. For minor offenses, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the date of your release, expect to be released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you must begin your sentence in jail, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail intake area, and tell the intake officer that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if you do, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be very careful that you aren’t late. Just bring required items when you go, for example your drivers license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of any visit. This information will be entered into the visitors log as an approved visitor. All visitors will be required to provide identification. Visitors showing up late or that does not have a visting order will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies change often, so we suggest that you review the jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . These phone calls are much more costly than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone may be limited or eliminated altogether.

Phone Number: (561) 688-4340

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other method of mail delivery. Clearly print the prisoner’s name, prisoner number, and jail address on the envelope. Don’t mail anything in a box or package, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail received by the jail gets opened and inspected and read by the jail officers, and will be returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Palm Beach County Jail:

Palm Beach County Jail
3228 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Palm Beach County Jail
3228 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406


The Palm Beach County Jail mail policy changes often, so check the site 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 your right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to get a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You might be asking yourself ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and show you the way through the complicated legal system that you are now faced with. The sooner you get an attorney working on your charges, the better your chances.

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

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. The Public Defender Office has access to private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys, members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know used the services of a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

Palm Beach County court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records are comprised of a file with a docket sheet and all documents and motions filed during your court case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case via the Palm Beach County website, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records relating to your case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees are the costs associated with your court case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the type of judge who presides over your court case. Magistrates are judges that do several different things, which include deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed with the defendant’s background information and details of the arrestee’s life and public history, which the judge will take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Keep in mind you are allowed to request to receive your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, and make sure that you review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service to probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you could be taken into custody immediately, or given a date to to surrender and report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if somebody you know is currently in jail, or has ever been locked up?

To find this out you need to go to the Palm Beach County jail website, and search using:

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

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants online or you can call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. Bear in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Palm Beach County jail, by phone, in person, or find out online. An arrest is public record and this is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, such as , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by going to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see this information on the internet, but keep in mind that you can’t see the exact address, but rather the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a court case file containing a court docket and all of the filings and documents filed in the court case. You can access your court records on the internet, or at the clerk’s office of the court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These online databases are all linked so you can track criminal convictions from another state. You can go to county courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

A criminal history search you will be able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft.

When you do a criminal history search, in most cases will not find if that person had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you call the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Palm Beach County,the Palm Beach County Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in Palm Beach County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, soon you will settle into the routine that is set for you in jail. Expect a wake-up alarm at 6:00AM, and then roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. Following breakfast you will be required to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Palm Beach 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 Palm Beach 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 rules for sending funds to someone in jail at Palm Beach County Jail changes, so review the site when 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

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Palm Beach County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Palm Beach 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 Palm Beach 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:

    • 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 an inmate in this jail? Do you know anybody there? Have you ever visited a prisoner in this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to tell us about it. Tell us about your jail experience so that others can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in the review:

    • Conditions in Palm Beach County Jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you get locked up? Did you get fair treatment? How was day to day life at Palm Beach County Jail? Were the other inmates cool? How has this experience impacted your life?

    Click here to share your story about when you did time in Palm Beach County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Need to talk to an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

    Throw a shoutout to people still locked up at Palm Beach County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Palm Beach County Jail Link
    Palm Beach County Jail Inmate Search Link
    Palm Beach County Jail Mugshots
    Palm Beach County Jail Bail Link

    Palm Beach County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Palm Beach County Jail Mail Policy
    Locate an inmate at Palm Beach County Jail
    Palm Beach County Jail Warrant Inquiry Link
    Palm Beach County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Money to an Inmate at Palm Beach County Jail
    Jobs at Palm Beach County Jail


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