Somerset County Jail – Madison, ME

Somerset County Jail is in Somerset County and is the correctional facility for that region. Are you looking for someone locked up in Somerset County Jail? This site gives you info about anything you might need to know about Somerset County Jail: Find out who’s in jail at Somerset County Jail? Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures. Court information. And much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and stressfull situation, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to give you all the information you need to make going to jail a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any tips or comments that could be a benefit to other people in the same situation will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Somerset County Jail
131 E. Madison Rd.
Madison, ME 4950

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 207-474-7409
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that has gone to jail and need to locate them?

Do you know a friend or family member that has been arrested and you want to locate them?

In order to search who is in jail at Somerset County Jail you have to navigate to their web site and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Somerset County Jail Inmate Roster has information on people who were arrested and are now in jail, including status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you can find the same information for anybody arrested and processed or released within the past 24 hours. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to find the information quicker if you have their full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you are looking for might be locked up at a different jail you can check the other Maine county jails in our Maine County Jail Guide: List of all jails in Maine


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail intake photograph, is the photo that the jail takes during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually two photos one full face and one profile photo. Your full name and jail booking number will appear on the pictures, and they are kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates are online, or you can go in person to the Somerset County Jail. When viewing online you need to put in the full name, and the booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot taken off of the Somerset County Jail site? This is difficult, because your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you need 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. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you’re incarcerated, your only thought is about when you get out. After booking, your bail will be determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to agree to be there for your court date, and until that date you are required not to leave the county.

Typically, prisoners are given time off for good behavior when they respect the rules and act right while they’re in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will either have to return to jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you may be permitted to sleep in 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 to get out of jail pending trial. Your bail amount is dictated by the seriousness of your charges. You or someone you know will have to put up ten percent of the total set in order for you to get discharged from jail. If you don’t go to your court date, that person won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will need to call the Somerset County Jail. If you have all the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Somerset County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but in some cases, it is really easy. First of all, you have to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you can’t use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they will not take checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. They will usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and in most cases with a minimum fee of $100. This money will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If bail is very large, the bondsman may ask to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To talk to a bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure is made up of each of 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.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you must answer a bunch of questions, such as your legal name, your address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will get 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 skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will be given a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged may take from 15 minutes to all day. Or, simply, the quicker you post bail, the faster you will get let go. It also will depend on if you’ve got a cash bond amount or if the magistrate still needs to decide on the amount of bail to be set. For lesser charges, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and know the release date, expect to get discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you need to report to start a sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail, and tell an officer that you think they might have a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if there is one, you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be sure that you aren’t late. Just bring approved items when you go, such as your drivers license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you need to give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s information will be put in the visitation log for the inmate. Each and every visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors arriving late or that is not an approved visitor will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Somerset County Jail are always changing, so we suggest that you review the official Somerset County Jail jail 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 . Calls made in jail are much pricier than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates should keep in mind that 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 reduced or forbidden.

The Somerset County Jail phone number is: 207-474-7409

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be mailed using US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of mail delivery. Clearly print the prisoner’s name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a box or package, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail that you send to inmates gets opened and reviewed by the staff, and the mail will get returned if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Somerset County Jail:

Somerset County Jail
131 E. Madison Rd.
Madison, ME 4950

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Somerset County Jail
131 E. Madison Rd.
Madison, ME 4950


The mail policy at Somerset County Jail changes often, so be sure to check the site when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have particular rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is important to have a friend or family member locate an attorney for you. You may be asking yourself ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, an attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and show you the way through the legal system that you are now faced with. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better off you’ll be.

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

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender has access to independent investigators, forensics experts and case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys that are admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to practice law.

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

Court Records

Somerset County court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They include a court case file containing a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions filed in the course of your case. You are able to access court records with the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that manages access to court records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All court records related to your case are available at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs from your case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the judge that will preside on your court case. Magistrates are judges that do several different things, like setting your bail amount, issuing warrants, and overseeing first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed with background information and details of the defendant’s life and history, which the judge will review and take into account when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the defendant, their family, and if necessary the victim. Be sure to remember you are allowed to request to see your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and make sure that you 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, ranging from 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 will either be locked up immediately, or you might be given a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if some you know is locked up, or has been an inmate in the past?

To find this out you need to query the Somerset County jail website, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can access arrest warrants inquiry on the Somerset County jail website or you can call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. Bear in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Somerset County jail, by phone, in person, or check online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and this is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, like , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

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

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a case file that contains a docket and all filings and documents filed in the case. You are able to access court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of a person’s criminal background. These state databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal histories from other states. You are able to go to courthouse and inquire, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for these crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft.

When you do a criminal history search, you generally won’t discover if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How hard was it? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was the information correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Somerset County,The Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of spending time in the Somerset County jail is very scary, you will soon get accustomed to the daily routine there. You will get an alarm to wake up at about 6:00AM, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will 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 Somerset 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 Somerset 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 procedure to send money to someone in jail is always changing, so double check the the Somerset County Jail website before 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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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Somerset County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Somerset 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 Somerset 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 been incarcerated in this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited someone at this jail?

    If yes, then we would like you to write a review about it. Tell us about what you experienced so other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you could include in your comment:

    • Conditions in Somerset County Jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you get arrested? Were you fairly treated? How was day to day life at Somerset County Jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?

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