Washington County Jail – Machias, ME

Washington County Jail is in Washington County, Maine and is the primary correctional facility for this region. Do you know somebody locked up at Washington County Jail? This site tells you information about anything you might need to know about Washington County Jailsuch as the following: Find an inmate at Washington County Jail. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Washington County Jail intake procedures. Washington County court information. And much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to give advice and information you need to make going to jail a lot easier. If you have a specific question, just ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any feedback or comments that might be a benefit to other people in the same situation is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Washington County Jail
47 Court Street P.O. Box 120
Machias, ME 4654

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (207) 255-3434
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is locked up and don’t know how to find out where they are?

Do you know somebody that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

To see who is in jail at Washington County Jail you have to navigate to their website and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Washington County Jail Inmate Search is a list of people who have been arrested, which includes status, bail amount, and times you can visit. Also, you can find information for anyone processed or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You will be able to get the information more quickly if you have your friend or family member’s name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the inmate you are looking for is at another jail you will want to check the other Maine county jails in our Maine County Jail Guide: Maine County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail processing photograph, is the picture taken by the police when you are booked into jail. They take one face photo and a profile picture. Your name and intake number will appear on the photos, and they’re stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be seen on the website, or you can go in person to the Washington County Jail. When viewing online you have to enter the name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot taken down from the Washington County Jail site? This will be difficult, since your mugshot is public record. You have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about removing your mugshot, the various websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you are incarcerated, your only thought is when and how to get out. After booking, a bail amount will be set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this might mean that you will either be released, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you will have to agree to be in court on your court date, and until that day you won’t be permitted to travel out of the county.

In most cases, inmates are given time off in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and area a good inmate while in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to do work release. You will either have to stay jail every day after work, or you could have the chance to move to a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail pending trial. Your bail amount depends on how serious your crime is. Someone you know will need to put up ten percent of the total set in order to bail out of jail. If you don’t go to court, whoever paid your bail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will need to call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can see the bail amount online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is no fun, but in some cases, its easy if you have the money. First of all, you have to find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you can’t use the services of a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they will not accept checks. 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 the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and usually with a minimum of $100. This is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman might ask to use your assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To contact a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman at Washington County Jail

Have you ever used a Bail Bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If you have, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how things turned out.

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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
  • Get Out on House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process takes you through each of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • First, will answer some basic questions, like what is your full name, your address, birth date and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will be allowed to use the phone so you can get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you will be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will be given a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process will take anywhere from 10 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the quicker you post bail, the quicker you will get discharged from jail. Also, how fast you get released will depend on if you’ve been given a cash bond or if the magistrate still needs to decide on your bail amount. For minor charges, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and are given a release date, you should expect to get released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you have to start your sentence, you really should follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go down to the jail, and tell someone that you think they might have a warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if so, you will be taken into jail custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order states. Ensure that you don’t show up late. Just bring approved items with you, like your drivers license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate have to list each visitor’s full name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s names will be entered into the visitation log for the requesting inmate. All visitors will have to provide proof of identification. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies change often, so it would be wise to double-check the jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Phone calls made in jail are typically pricier than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but bear in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the rules, phone privileges could be reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Washington County Jail phone number is: (207) 255-3434

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other method of mail delivery. You must write the prisoner’s name, prisoner number, and jail address on the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail is opened and inspected and read by staff, and will be sent back to the person who mailed it if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Washington County Jail is:

Washington County Jail
47 Court Street P.O. Box 120
Machias, ME 4654

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Washington County Jail
47 Court Street P.O. Box 120
Machias, ME 4654


The inmate mail policy at Washington County Jail is always changing, so double check the official Washington County Jail site before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, and an important one is the right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to have a friend or family member find a lawyer for you. You might be thinking ‘but do I really need an attorney’ While you are not required to have one, a lawyer can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate through the legal system. The quicker you get an attorney working on your situation, the better.

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

Public Defender

If you can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender is staffed by private investigators, experts in forensics and social workers. Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers that are admitted to the State Bar and are legally licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are a matter of public record. Court records are comprised of a case file with a docket and all documents and motions filed during your court case. You have the ability to access your court case records with the website, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the jury’s verdict. All records from your case are available at the Washington County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are all costs from your court case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Washington County court magistrate is the person that rules on your case. Magistrates are judges that do several different things, like deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about the arrestee’s background and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and history, which the judge will consider when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember you are able to ask to get your own copy of this report prior to sentencing, so you can go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

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 prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be locked up immediately, or you could receive a date that you must report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if someone is incarcerated in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

To find this out you need to query the jail’s website, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants on the website or you are able to call the jail. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or look online. Records of arrests are public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, such as court orders. You can find these by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders have to be listed and registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information on the website, but bear in mind that you can’t get the actual address, but only the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a case file that contains a court docket and any of the documents and filings filed in the case. You are able to access court records on their website, or at the Washington County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of a person’s criminal past. These online databases are connected so you can track criminal histories from other states. You are able to go to courthouse and inquire, or check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.

A criminal records search you will be able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft.

If you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t discover if they has had any:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you call the Washington County courthouse? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your account might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Washington County,the Washington County Sheriff’s Department 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

    Everyone knows that spending time in Washington County Jail is very scary, you will soon settle into the routine that is set for you. Expect a wake-up alarm at about 6:00am, and then roll call. Then you will have breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will have to 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 Washington 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 Washington 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 jail inmates might change, so it would be best to double check the the Washington County Jail website when you send funds 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 Washington County Jail

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

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims 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 Washington County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at this jail?

    If yes, then please write a review about it. Write down your experience so others can find out what to expect.

    What to write in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story about it. How’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? What happened to you while you were locked up? What were the other inmates like? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Tell your story about when you did time at Washington County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you want to throw a shout out to someone from jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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