Putnam Department of Corrections – Palatka, FL

Putnam Department of Corrections is in Putnam County and is the main correctional facility for that county. Looking for somebody in jail at Putnam Department of Corrections? This site gives you information about everything you might want to know about Putnam Department of Corrections,like: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And much much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary prospect, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is meant to give information that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a lot easier. If you have specific questions, just ask them, and any comments or tips that could help others will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Putnam Department of Corrections
130 Orie Griffin Blvd
Palatka, FL 32177

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 386-329-0853
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is incarcerated and need to find out where they are?

Has a friend or family member that has been arrested and you need to find them?

To look up who is in jail at Putnam Department of Corrections you should visit their web site and do an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Putnam Department of Corrections Inmate Search is an online list of persons who are in jail, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. Also, you are able to find information about anyone arrested and processed or discharged within the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to find the information quicker if you enter the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

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


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a booking photo, is a photo that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. They take one full face and a side photo. Your full name and jail booking number will be in the mugshot, and they’re stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be searched on the website, or you can view them at the Putnam Department of Corrections. When you search for mugshots online you need to input the person’s full name, and the booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot erased from the Putnam Department of Corrections website? This can be tricky, since your mugshot is a public record. You have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that your arrest record would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you are locked up, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail amount will be determined by the magistrate. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you will have to promise to be in court on your court date, and until that day you won’t be allowed to leave the area.

Typically, an inmate will be given early release in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and act right while incarcerated.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. Either you will have to return to the jail at the end of the day after work, or you may get to move into a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you will be required to pay is dictated by the crime you are charged with. You or someone you know will have to pay 10% of the amount that was determined in order to be released. If you miss court, the person that paid your bail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is no fun, but in some cases, it’s simple to do if you have the money. First, you need to know if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you can’t use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail won’t take a check. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will be released into your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes have a minimum of $100. This will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman will in most cases request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To find a bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process includes these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you will have to answer some simple questions, such as what is your full name, address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will then be allowed to make a telephone call to get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged from jail can take between 10 minutes to hours or even all day long. In other words the faster you post bail, the sooner you can get released from jail. Also, how fast you get released depends on whether you’ve been given a cash bond or if the judge has to figure out your bail amount. For lesser charges, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a discharge date, expect to get released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you must start your sentence, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. If you have a warrant, report to the jail, and tell an officer that you think they might have an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. A record check will be run, and if they find one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you aren’t late. Just bring required items when you turn yourself in, for example a driver’s license or your ID, prescription medication, and the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must provide each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of the visit. This information will go into a log of visitors as an approved visitor. Every visitor will be required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or without a visiting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so review the official site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are generally pricier than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone privileges might get cut back or totally denied.

Phone Number: 386-329-0853

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be mailed using US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of mail or package delivery. You must write the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a box, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail received by the jail gets opened and read and examined by the officers at the jail, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Putnam Department of Corrections:

Putnam Department of Corrections
130 Orie Griffin Blvd
Palatka, FL 32177

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Putnam Department of Corrections
130 Orie Griffin Blvd
Palatka, FL 32177


The Putnam Department of Corrections inmate mail policy can change, so be sure to check the site before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have particular rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to have a friend or family member locate a lawyer when you call. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and help you through the complicated legal system. The quicker you get an attorney working on your case, the better.

For more information on how to find a lawyer, read: How to Find a Lawyer in Putnam County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has access to independent investigators, forensics experts and case workers. All Public Defenders are licensed lawyers, members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney? What was your experience?

Court Records

Court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records contain a case file containing a docket and every documents and motions that have been filed. You, and anyone else, can access court records using the Putnam County website, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

A 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 in a court case, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All court records related to your case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court.

Fees

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

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the person that will preside over your case in court. Magistrate judges do different functions, such as determing how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together with your background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate will take into account when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the person on trial, their family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Don’t forget that you can ask to see your own copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you can correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you will either be locked up immediately, or given a date to go to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do so, you should visit the Putnam County jail website, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check court records on the Putnam County jail website or you are able to call the court. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or look online. An arrest is a matter of public record and this is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, like a court order. You can find these 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 listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view these offenders on the internet, but remember that you won’t get the exact address, just the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a court case file containing a docket and any documents filed in your case. You are able to access court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of people’s criminal past. These databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal histories from any other state. You are able to go to the Putnam County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and if it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for crimes, which include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you won’t be able to find out if they had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of information, you will have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How hard was it? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your comments could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Putnam County,The Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

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


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in Putnam Department of Corrections is quite unpleasant, eventually you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. You will get an alarm to wake up each morning at six in the morning, and then roll call. You will then have breakfast. Following breakfast you will be required to work 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 Putnam Department of Corrections, 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 Putnam Department of Corrections 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 inmates at Putnam Department of Corrections is always changing, so it would be best to check the the Putnam Department of Corrections website before send money to someone in jail 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 Putnam Department of Corrections

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Putnam Department of Corrections, 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 Putnam Department of Corrections

    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 in Putnam Department of Corrections? Do you have a family member or friend that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit someone there?

    If yes, then you should leave a comment below about it. Tell us about your jail experience so that other people will know what to expect.

    What to include in your comment:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has at least one story to tell about it. Why’d you get arrested? Did you get fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? What about the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Click here to leave a comment

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you need to say wassup to somebody you met when you were locked up? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

    Say Hello to people locked up at Putnam Department of Corrections

    Links and Resources

    Main Putnam Department of Corrections Link
    Putnam Department of Corrections Inmate Search Link
    Putnam Department of Corrections Mugshots
    Putnam Department of Corrections Bail Amount Link

    Putnam Department of Corrections Visitation Policy Link
    Putnam Department of Corrections Jail Mail Policy Link
    Putnam Department of Corrections Inmate Search
    Putnam County Warrant Inquiry
    Putnam Department of Corrections Arrest Lookup
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Putnam Department of Corrections
    Putnam Department of Corrections Employment


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