Waldo County Jail – Belfast, ME

Waldo County Jail is located in Waldo County and is the primary jail for the region. Are you looking for someone locked up in Waldo County Jail? This guide gives you about everything you might need to know about Waldo County Jail,like the following: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures. Waldo County court information. And lots more.

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary prospect, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also that person’s family and friends. The goal of this guide is to offer information that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail less stressfull. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any feedback or comments that might help others would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Waldo County Jail
45 Congress Street
Belfast, ME 4915

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 207-338-1080
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that has gone to jail and need to contact them?

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

To look up who’s in jail at Waldo County Jail you will have to visit their website and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Waldo County Jail Inmate List has information on persons who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and times you can visit. Also, you can find info about anyone arrested and processed or released in the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can get the information quicker if you have the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If your friend or loved one is at another jail you should check the other Maine county jails in our Maine County Jail Guide: List of all jails in Maine


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake photo, is the picture taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one and a profile photo. Your full name and intake number will be on the mugshot, and they’re kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be seen on the Waldo County Jail website, or you can view them at the Waldo County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to put in the person’s full name, and the booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot taken down from the Waldo County Jail website? This may not be possible, as your mugshot is public record. You have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about removing your mugshot, the various mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you’re arrested and put in jail, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve been booked, a bail amount will be set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If you don’t get a bail set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you must agree to go to your court date, and in the meantime you are not permitted to leave the area.

Usually, prisoners can earn time off for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and act right while locked up.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. You will either have to stay jail each day when you’re finished working, or you may be permitted to live in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you have to pay all depends on the crime you are charged with. You will have to put up ten percent of the total that was determined in order to get discharged from jail. If you miss court, that person won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you must call the Waldo County Jail. If you’ve got the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you what their bail is set at. You can also find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never a fun thing, but in some cases, it is easy. To start with, figure out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to get a bondsman. Cash only – they will not take checks. When you’ve paid bail, the inmate will be released to your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you should use a bail bondsman. They will generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and sometimes with a minimum fee of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman may request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

You can find a local 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
  • House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first step is that you will have to answer a bunch of questions, like your legal name, address, date of birth and an emergency contact.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will be allowed to use the telephone in order to call a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be able to wear your street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged can take from 10 minutes to all day long. In simple terms, the faster bail is posted, the quicker you will be freed. Also, how fast you get released can depend on whether or not you’ve been given a bond amount or if a magistrate needs to figure out the bail amount. For a minor offense, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a release date, plan to be discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you must report to start a sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, go down to the jail processing area, and tell the intake officer that you think there may be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. A record check will be run, and if they find one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order states. Ensure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Make sure that you only bring approved items when you turn yourself in, such as your drivers license or even ID, prescription medication, and the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to list information about each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. This information will be put into the visitors log as an Authorized visit. Each and every visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors showing up late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies can change, so it would be wise to visit the official Waldo County Jail jail site before you try to go to visitation.

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 . Phone calls made in jail are a lot more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on 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 you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone privileges could be reduced or eliminated completely.

Phone Number: 207-338-1080

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You must not use any other type of delivery. You have to clearly write or type the person’s name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send anything in a box, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail will be opened and reviewed by the jail staff, and the mail will get sent back to the person who mailed it if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Waldo County Jail:

Waldo County Jail
45 Congress Street
Belfast, ME 4915

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Waldo County Jail
45 Congress Street
Belfast, ME 4915


The mail policy changes, so it would be best to check the the Waldo County Jail website before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you still have rights, one of these being your right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to ask a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you talk to them. You might be thinking ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you find your way through the criminal justice system in Waldo County. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better.

For more information about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, read our guide: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. The Public Defender Office is staffed by investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are actual lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are legally licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They are comprised of a case file containing a docket sheet and each of the documents that have been filed. You have the ability to access your court case records using the website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

The Waldo County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who manages access to court records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records and documents related to your case are kept at the Waldo County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees from your case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the judge that will preside over your court case. They do a number of things, which include determing how much your bail will be, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the arrestee’s background and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the judge will review and take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the person on trial, their family, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Remember you are able to ask to receive your own copy of the report before your sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service to probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you might 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 incarcerated in jail, or has ever been locked up?

You can you need to visit the Waldo County jail website, and search using:

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

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access court records on the website or you are able to call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask one of the officers. 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 know the person’s first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or look online. Arrest records are public record and these records are accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, such as a court order. You can find these by going to 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 the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to view these offenders online, but keep in mind that you will not be able to find the precise address, but rather the block that they live on.

Court Records

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

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of someone’s criminal history. These state databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal histories from any other state. You can go to courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for the following crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, usually will not see if that person has had:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving records, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the jail? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in the Waldo County jail is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will settle into the routine that is set for you in jail. Expect an alarm to wake up every morning at 6:00AM, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will get breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will work 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 Waldo 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 Waldo 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 money to Waldo County Jail inmates is likely to change, so you should double check the the Waldo County Jail website before you send money to an inmate.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Waldo County Jail

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

    • 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 locked up at Waldo County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit someone there?

    If so, then you should tell us about it. Write about what you experienced so that others can find out what to expect.

    What to include in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • 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 end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? How was day to day life at Waldo County Jail? Were the other inmates cool? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Are you trying to say wassup to an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Throw a shout out to them here.

    Post a message to people still locked up at Waldo County Jail


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