Pinellas County Jail – Clearwater, FL

Pinellas County Jail is located in Pinellas County, Florida and is the main jail for the region. Looking for somebody locked up at Pinellas County Jail? This guide will tell you all about anything a person needs to know about Pinellas County Jail,such as: Find an inmate at Pinellas County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Pinellas County court information. And more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and stressfull prospect, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is designed to give you all the information you need to make getting locked up easier. If you have a question, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any feedback or comments that could be beneficial to others would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Pinellas County Jail
14400 49Th Street North
Clearwater, FL 33762

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (727) 464-6415
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that has gone to jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Do you know someone who’s been arrested and you need to find them?

In order to search who is in jail at Pinellas County Jail you will need to go to their link and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Pinellas County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of people who have been arrested and are in custody, including current status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can get information for anybody booked or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can find the information faster if you have their full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member might be in another jail you will want to look here: Other County Jails in Florida


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a intake photograph, is the photo that the jail takes during jail intake processing. They will take one full face and a side photo. Your name and booking number will be in the pictures, and they are on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Pinellas County Jail inmates can be seen on the website, or you can go in person to the Pinellas County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to input the prisoner’s name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot taken down from the Pinellas County Jail website? This can be tricky, because your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the 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.

To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you are arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through booking, a bail amount will be decided either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this can 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 are released from jail you must agree to show up for court, and until then you won’t be allowed to leave the area.

Typically, prisoners at Pinellas County Jail will be given time off in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and act right while they are 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 return to the jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you could have the chance to move to a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system in order to be released from jail until your court date. Your bail amount is determined by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You will need to post 10% of the amount that was set in order to bail out of jail. If you don’t go to court, whoever posted your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you have to call the Pinellas County Jail. If you have all the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. Also, you can see the bail amount online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but most of the time, it is easy. First, you need to find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If so, you can’t use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – they can’t accept checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the inmate will get released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. They generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and sometimes have a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman may use your personal assets as collateral.

To find a bail bondsman visit our page about: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever had to use a bail bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If so, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process takes you through these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • You must answer a bunch of questions, like what is your full legal name, your address, date of birth and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • 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 in order to contact a family member, friend, 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 have to change into a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process may take anywhere between 15 minutes to all day. So, the quicker bail is posted, the quicker you will be freed. Also, it might depend on if you’ve got a bond amount or if a judge needs to decide on how much your bail will be. For a minor offense, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the release date, you should expect to be released 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 your sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail intake center, and tell them that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Be very careful that you don’t show up late. Make sure that you only bring required items when you go to jail, such as a driver’s license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates need to list each visitor’s full name to the jail. This information will be entered into a log of visitors for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each and every visitor will be required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone showing up late or that is not on the visitation list will be turned away.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so review the official jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

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 generally pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or eliminated altogether.

Phone Number: (727) 464-6415

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be mailed using US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of mail delivery. You should print the inmate’s name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Don’t send anything in a package, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail sent to inmates gets opened and examined by the staff, and the mail will be sent back if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Pinellas County Jail, use this address:

Pinellas County Jail
14400 49Th Street North
Clearwater, FL 33762

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Pinellas County Jail
14400 49Th Street North
Clearwater, FL 33762


The mail policy at Pinellas County Jail can change, so be sure to double check the the Pinellas County Jail website when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, one of these being that you have the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure to get a friend or relative to find an attorney when you talk to them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal lawyer can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and help you understand the court system. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

For more information about how to find an attorney, click: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are real attorneys, members of the State Bar and are licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are a matter of public record. They are comprised of a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and every documents filed during your court case. You can access court records using the internet service, or by going to the Pinellas County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records and documents from your court case are maintained at Pinellas County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees are all costs from your case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The Pinellas County court magistrate is the person that will preside on your court case. Magistrates do a number of different things, like setting bail, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over initial court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about your background and as much detail about the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate will review when deciding on the sentence. Information will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Bear in mind that you should ask to see your own copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, 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 given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service to probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get locked up immediately, or you could receive a date that you are required to to surrender and report to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated, or has been an inmate in the past?

You can just access the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants on the website 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. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and these records are freely available.

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 Pinellas County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are registered on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access these listings online, but bear in mind that you can’t find the actual address, just the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a case file that includes a court docket and any filings and documents filed in your case. You are able to access court records on the internet, or at the Pinellas County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of a person’s criminal background. These online databases are connected so you are able to track criminal convictions from another state. You are able to go to the Pinellas County Courthouse and check in person, or check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you can find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for the following crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

During a criminal records search, in most cases won’t find out if that person has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you must do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you have to call the Pinellas County courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your account might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Pinellas County,the Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

    Pinellas 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 being incarcerated in Pinellas County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, in time you will get used to the routine that is set for you in jail. All inmates get an alarm to wake up each morning at 6:00 AM, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will have breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will have 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 Pinellas 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 Pinellas 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 money to inmates at Pinellas County Jail is always changing, so we suggest that you check the official website before you send funds 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 Pinellas County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Pinellas 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 Pinellas County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to 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 spent any time at this jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited a prisoner in this jail?

    If you have, then you should leave a comment below about it. Write about your experience because others can learn what to expect.

    Things you can put in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you end up in jail? Were you mistreated? What was your daily routine in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you want to get in touch with a friend from jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Pinellas County Jail Website
    Pinellas County Jail Inmate Search
    View Pinellas County Jail Mugshots
    Pinellas County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Pinellas County Jail Visitation
    Pinellas County Jail Mail Policy
    Locate an inmate at Pinellas County Jail
    Pinellas County Warrant Lookup
    Pinellas County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Pinellas County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Jobs at Pinellas County Jail


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