Oxford County Jail – South Paris, ME

Oxford County Jail is in Oxford County, ME and is the main jail for the county. Do you know somebody locked up at Oxford County Jail? This page will tell you information about everything you might want to know about Oxford County Jail,like: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures. Court information and records. And much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary idea, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is meant to offer advice and information that you’ll need to make the process less stressfull. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask it, and please leave any feedback or comments that might help others will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Oxford County Jail
26 Western Ave
South Paris, ME 4281

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 207-743-9554
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Has a family member or friend that’s been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

In order to search who’s in jail at Oxford County Jail you need to go to their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Oxford County Jail Inmate List is an online list of people currently in custody, which includes status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you can find info about anyone who has been arrested or released within the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to get their inmate information more quickly if you’ve got their name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one is in a different jail you will want to check the other Maine county jails in our Maine County Jail Guide: Maine County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail intake picture, is a photo that the jail takes during jail intake processing. A mugshot is make of one frontal photo and a profile photo. Your full name and jail booking number will be on the mugshot, and they’re stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be searched on the website, or you can see them in person at the Oxford County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will have to input their first and last name, and the booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot taken down from the Oxford County Jail site? This can be tricky, as the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about removing your mugshot, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you’re in jail, your main thought is about how to get out. After booking, your bail is decided by the magistrate. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you are required to agree to go to your court date, and until that date you are not allowed to leave the area.

Usually, an inmate at Oxford County Jail will be given time off in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and area a good inmate while incarcerated.

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

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay in order to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you will be required to pay is dictated by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You will need to put up 10% of the amount that was determined in order for you to bail out of jail. If you don’t show up for court, whoever posted your bail won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will need to call the Oxford County Jail. If you’ve got the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Oxford County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but usually, its very simple to do. First, you need to know if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you can’t get a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they won’t take checks. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will be released to your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and usually charge a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will usually require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To find a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process is made up of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • First, must answer some simple questions, like your full legal name, your address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • They will allow you to use the phone so you can get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be allowed to wear your street clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get released from jail. This process takes from 15 minutes to hours or even all day long. So, the faster bail is posted, the sooner you will get discharged. How quickly you get discharged can depend on whether you’ve got a bond amount or if the judge must determine the amount of bail to be set. For a minor charge, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a discharge date, you should expect to be discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you have to start your sentence, it is recommended that you follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail intake area, and tell someone that you think they might have a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they verify that you have one, you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be sure that you don’t show up late. Just bring approved items when you turn yourself in, such as a driver’s license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance. This information will go into a log of approved visitors for the inmate. Every visitor must provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Oxford County Jail change often, so make sure that you visit the official site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are generally pricier than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but bear in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the rules, phone calls might get reduced or eliminated altogether.

The Oxford County Jail phone number is: 207-743-9554

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of delivery. You should write or type the person’s name, inmate number, and the jail address on the letter. Don’t mail anything in a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail gets opened and inspected by the jail staff, and the mail will be returned to the sender if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Oxford County Jail is:

Oxford County Jail
26 Western Ave
South Paris, ME 4281

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Oxford County Jail
26 Western Ave
South Paris, ME 4281


The inmate mail policy at Oxford County Jail changes often, so it would be best to visit the official website when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have certain rights, the most important of which is your right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to have a friend or relative locate an attorney when you talk to them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, an attorney will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and guide you through the complicated court system in Oxford County. The faster you get an attorney working on your situation, the better your chances.

For more information about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click here: How to Find a Lawyer in Oxford County

Public Defender

If you can’t afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as investigators, forensics experts and social case workers. Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

Court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. Court records have a file containing a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions filed during your court case. You can access your court records using the Oxford County website, or at the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records related to your case are held at the Oxford County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the charges and fees from your case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Oxford County magistrate is the person that rules on your case. Magistrates do a number of different things, such as setting bail amounts, issuing warrants, and overseeing initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed to include the defendant’s background information and information about the defendant’s life and history, which the judge will review and take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Remember you are allowed to request to see a copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get taken into custody immediately, or you could be given a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To do this, you will have to visit the Oxford County jail website, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can also call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can access court records online or you are able to 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. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Oxford County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or look online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal 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 people registered as sex offenders are registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access these listings on the internet, but bear in mind that you won’t get the precise address, rather the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a court case file that includes a docket sheet and any of the filings and documents filed in your case. You are able to access court records via the internet, or at the Oxford County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of a person’s criminal background. These state databases are linked together so you can track criminal histories from another state. You are able to go to county courthouse and check in person, or check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

A criminal history search you will be able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for these crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

But, when you do a criminal records check, usually won’t see if that person has had:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How easy was it? Dis you do your search online or did you call the jail? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal records, and your account might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that spending time in the Oxford County jail is very scary, in time you will get used to the daily routine. Inmates get a wake-up alarm at about six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. When you finish breakfast participate 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 Oxford 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 Oxford 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 process for sending funds to someone in jail can change, so you should check the official Oxford County Jail site before send funds 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 Oxford County Jail

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

    • 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 a prisoner at Oxford County Jail? Do you know anybody there? Have you ever been to visit someone there?

    If yes, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Write down what you experienced because other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to put in your comment:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story about it. Why’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? What was your daily routine in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Tell Your Story About Oxford County Jail

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