Franklin County Jail – Farmington, ME

Franklin County Jail is in Franklin County, ME and is the primary jail for the county. Looking for somebody incarcerated at Franklin County Jail? This guide tells you all about everything one might want to know about Franklin County Jailsuch as the following: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information. And much, much more.

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary idea, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also that person’s friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give you all the information and advice you need to make helping someone get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have a question, just ask them, and any comments or feedback that would be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Franklin County Jail
23 County Way
Farmington, ME 4938

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 207-778-2680
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is incarcerated and need to locate them?

Has someone that has been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

In order to see who is in jail at Franklin County Jail you should click on their link and use the inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Franklin County Jail Inmate List is a list of people who are in jail, including custody status, bail amount, and visiting hours. You can find info about anyone arrested and booked or released in the past 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You can find their inmate information quicker if you have your friend or family member’s name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you are looking for could possibly be in another jail you can check our guide to other Maine jails: Other Jails in Maine


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake picture, is the picture taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. They will take one and one profile photo. Your full name and booking number will be on the photos, and they are on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be viewed on the website, or you can view them at the Franklin County Jail. When viewing online you have to put in the person’s full name, and a booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot taken down from the Franklin County Jail site? This will be difficult, because your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that your arrest record would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

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


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you are in jail, your only thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail will be decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you will have to agree to show up for court, and in the meantime you can’t go out of town.

In most cases, prisoners will earn time off for good behavior when they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. You will have to return to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you may be allowed 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 court system to be released from jail until your court date. Your bail amount all depends on how serious your charges are. Someone will have to put up 10 percent of the total amount that was set so you are able to be released from jail. If you don’t go to your court date, 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 will have to call the Franklin County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Franklin County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never a fun thing, but fortunately, its easy. To start with, figure out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you won’t be able to use a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they can’t accept a personal check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the person will be released to your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and in most cases with a minimum fee of $100. This money will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman will request to use your assets as collateral for the bond.

You can find a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at Franklin County Jail

Have you ever hired a bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If so, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process is made up of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • First, will answer some basic questions, such as what is your legal name, street address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to make a telephone call so you can get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might get to keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process may take from 30 minutes to all day. In simple terms, the faster you post bail, the quicker you will get discharged from jail. Also, how fast you get released can depend on whether you have a cash bond or if the magistrate has to decide on how much to set your bail at. For a minor offense, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and are given a release date, expect to get discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to start a jail sentence, you really should follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail reception area, and tell them that think that there is a warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if there is one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be very careful that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Only bring things that are allowed with you, for example a driver’s license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must provide each visitor’s name to the jail in advance. This information will go into the 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.
The Franklin County Jail visitation procedures frequently change, so it would be wise to double-check the jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

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 . These phone calls are generally more expensive than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s phone privileges could be reduced or cut altogether.

The Franklin County Jail phone number is: 207-778-2680

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You must not use any other form of delivery. Clearly write or type the person’s name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the letter that you send. Do not send a package, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail is opened and read by the officers at the jail, and will get returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Franklin County Jail
23 County Way
Farmington, ME 4938

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Franklin County Jail
23 County Way
Farmington, ME 4938


The Franklin County Jail mail policy is always changing, so we suggest that you double check the official website before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these being 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 get a friend or relative to locate a lawyer when you talk to them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘but do I really need an attorney’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate through the court system in Franklin County. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better your chances.

For more information on how to find a lawyer, click: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender is staffed by private investigators, forensics experts as well as social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are real attorneys, members of the Maine State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law in Maine.

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

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records are comprised of a case file containing a docket sheet and each of the motions, documents, and evidence filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access court records with the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records and documents relating to your case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court.

Fees

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

Magistrate

The Franklin County magistrate is the person that will preside on your case. Magistrate judges do a number of different things, which include setting your bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared to include the defendant’s background information and details of the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate will take into account when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the person on trial, their family, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Keep in mind that you can request to have your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you get the chance to review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service to probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you could be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could be given a date that you are required to go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if a family member of friend is currently in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you should query the Franklin County jail website, and search using:

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

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member 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 arrest warrants inquiry on the Franklin County court website or call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or check online. Records of arrests are public record and this is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, like warrants. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see these offenders on the internet, but you should know that you won’t find the actual address, but only the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a case file that contains a docket sheet and any documents and filings filed in your court case. You are able to access the court records on the internet, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of people’s criminal history. These state databases are connected so you are able to track criminal convictions from another state. You are able to go to the Franklin County Courthouse and check in person, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will be able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

When you do a criminal history search, you generally won’t find out if someone had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you must do a driving records search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it easy? Dis you do your search online or did you have to call the jail? Was it correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your story might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Franklin County,the Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in Franklin County Jail is quite unpleasant, you will soon get accustomed to the daily routine. Expect an alarm to wake up at 6:00 AM, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. When you finish 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 Franklin 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 Franklin 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 Franklin County Jail inmates might change, so it would be best to check the official website when you send any money.

    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 Franklin County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Franklin 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 Franklin 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:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You 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 in Franklin County Jail? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever visited someone there?

    If you have, then please tell us about it. Tell us about what you experienced because other people can find out what to expect.

    What to put in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story to tell. Why’d you get arrested? Were you mistreated? What happened to you while you were locked up? What about the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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